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How Winning in the Stock Market is Like Playing Monopoly

Updated on August 6, 2008

Pass Go: Collect What You Will

Winning in the Stock Market Can Be (Somewhat) Like Playing Monopoly

Investing seems like an absolute maze to many people, especially for those who are new to the prospect. Yet as an ever-increasing number of people put their monies into different ventures, such as purchasing shares of different companies, the need to simplify the learning curve in an honest, meaningful way is becoming more necessary.

The title of this article may sound a bit outlandish, but it’s far from inaccurate, given the parameters. Anyone who has ever played the game Monopoly for any period of time is probably aware of one of the most important rules of the game, if one seriously wishes to win. This rule is simplicity itself: buy every property –yes, every property that is landed upon, and sell only if you’ve got no other choice.

Now this is not to say purchase shares in every company in sight. Prudence is always a primary requisite, and to do so requires a goodly amount of pragmatic, non-emotional research in each and every company purchased. In fact, to not do so could be tantamount to the loss of thousands of dollars. As well, of course, to buy shares in every company extant is basically impossible for all but a select few!

Yet when all is said and done, when companies that are undervalued or are valued on the burses just as they should be coincide with the time when you’re ready to buy, then it’s time to spin the dice and hope to not go to jail. The idea now, is to purchase those value investments, and once this is done, this is where the “Monopoly mindset” comes in.

Simply put: don’t sell. Sit on your shares. For years and years, and be happy with them. Now there are exceptions to this, of course, but they are the exceptions, not the rule. If you find an absolute dog that’s only barking in the cellar while decreasing in value over the many years, with no increase in sight, then maybe throwing that ballast overboard isn’t a bad idea. The idea is that the majority of your ship’s hull should be full of gold that you’re willing to sit on for many seasons.

By doing so, and not selling at every whim that comes along, you are acting in a fiscally conservative way (not to be confused with political conservativism nor ecological conservativism, all 3 of which are very different from one another). Simply put, you are not speculating (gambling) so much as you are building a nest-egg for a bright spring day in 5 years or so, or even towards retirement. In fact, the longer that you play the game for, the bigger the payoff will usually be.

The odds are with you in such an investment plan. Here are some of the facts. It has been estimated that the learning curve for intelligent stock investing is around 3 years (though realistically, it’s a life-long learning process). Further, stock investment has proven to be one of the most lucrative forms of investment to the point that many investment gurus can now confidently state that, with such a given plan, one is almost definitely assured a monopoly win that will benefit the player for many decades. Lastly, unlike real estate and other forms of investment, stock investment holds a low entry-fee to beginning. In fact, with so many investment sites now existing on the Internet, this entrance fee can be as low as $10 per stock trade and the price of a few investment books.

As you learn more and progress along, there is no reason that 20 years of investment won’t allow you to win the monopoly game thousands of times over. Just remember: sometimes you will roll your way into jail, but if you play long enough, you’ll own the entire board!

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