Every investor has several characteristics that combine to make them successful. The degree of success depends on how well you can implement these and how well your strategy works.
The method investors have for selecting shares that they want in their portfolio is arguably one of the most important areas of being a successful investor. For me personally I have stuck to selecting shares that are leading ie blue chip companies, whose price histories are in a long term uptrend and that are themselves doing better than the market average.
The next vital component is the trading plan. This doesnt need to be overly complex. You just need to know what you will do if the share price goes up, down or sideways. If you can cover these three things then you have a contingency for anything the share price can throw at you. And more importantly you will prevent yourself from reacting to sudden market fluctuations that happen all of the time.
The trading plan should also incorporate an overall strategy for the share that you have selected and explain the reasoning behind why youre doing what youre doing ie why you decided to place your order level at this particular...