Ready, Steady, Play! Why We Are All Natural Investors.

by | Jan 20, 2016

At invstr, we believe in people. In fact, not just “people” in an abstract sense, but in each one of us. We believe that we all have the ability, even the right, to determine our own financial destiny!  

When we were growing up, nobody ever said to us: “I’m terribly sorry, you can’t play sport! That is just for professional athletes” or “I’m terribly sorry, playing a musical instrument is just for professional musicians!” We were encouraged to find a sport that we could play, or an instrument that we could excel at, or a language we could master or a subject we were good at or a skill… We all have a talent. As Ken Robinson so brilliantly explained in his TED talk, it is simply a question of finding that talent and nurturing it, not suppressing it.  

 

I believe that we all have a natural talent for financial markets. If you have held onto the secret from my last blog, you will recall that financial markets are not about money or maths, but about people. We all have an innate ability to understand human emotion and human personalities. And what are financial markets other than large bundles of human emotion responding to the dominant personality trait of the moment?

So, when financial experts next say to you: “Pardon me, investing is a serious business. Best leave it to those who know how,” just tell them that is exactly what you intend to do! You will leave it to yourself!

One other word of caution: beware the wolf in sheep’s clothing, otherwise known as the “robo-advisor”. The robo-advisor will tell you that he is your friend; that he knows lots of other people just like you; and that with just a few simple measurements he will shoehorn you into the straight jacket he made for thousands of his other friends!

Investing is as individual as playing a sport or a musical instrument. We are all different not just in the instruments or sports we choose to play but also in how we play them. At invstr, we believe the first step to successful investing is understanding the financial instruments that we are good at playing. And to do that we need to get to know them.

In the Watchlist section of the invstr app, we can access over four million instruments, from currencies, bonds, stocks and commodities. To keep things simple, we can start with the default list and then move on to explore other instruments from pre-selected categories or search across the entire database.

Most common instruments have “real-time” pricing available. We all know that timing in life is everything, and that is especially true when just the intra-day price swings of some instruments are more than a good year’s return on our portfolio. So, timing matters, and having access to real-time pricing is extremely important.   

Each instrument also has all the relevant information we will need to understand it: professional-quality historical charts with lots of technical studies and a handy comparison function that lets us easily compare any of the instruments in our Watchlist against each other over any period of time; all of the related news articles from multiple newswires and RSS feeds; the latest research reports from invstr’s many partners; all of the upcoming relevant events for that instrument; the most popular tweets; and statistical information. All carefully arranged in one place to make it easy for us to understand the instruments we wish to play!

Next time, Let the Games Begin!

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Risk Disclosure:
Invstr is a technology platform, not a registered broker-dealer or investment adviser. Invstr does not offer its own recommendations of any security or provide its own research to any user regarding any security transaction or order. Brokerage services, including fractional trading of US securities, are provided to Invstr users by DriveWealth LLC, a regulated member of FINRA/SIPC. DriveWealth may not establish investment accounts to residents of certain jurisdictions. For more information, including disclaimers, risk and transaction fees click here. Please note, investing involves risk and investments may lose value. Past performance does not guarantee future results.

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ALL RIGHTS RESERVED © INVSTR LTD. 2017

Risk Disclosure:

Invstr is a technology platform, not a registered broker-dealer or investment adviser. Invstr does not offer its own recommendations of any security or provide its own research to any user regarding any security transaction or order. Brokerage services, including fractional trading of US securities, are provided to Invstr users by DriveWealth LLC, a regulated member of FINRA/SIPC. DriveWealth may not establish investment accounts to residents of certain jurisdictions. For more information, including disclaimers, risk and transaction fees click here. Please note, investing involves risk and investments may lose value. Past performance does not guarantee future results.

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