Trading Psychology in 60 seconds – To be a trader is to be a social loafer

Most of us are not social loafers. What’s a social loafer? It’s someone who tries to do as little as possible of the hard graft in order to get a job done, especially in a group situation. Remember doing those group projects at high school and you always got stuck with the class loser in your group? The loser, who you knew, was not going to bring anything to the table, but at the end of it all, he would share in the great mark you got for the project – which you seemed to do most of the work for. The truth is, when quizzed about our attitude towards social loafers, most of have complete contempt towards them. We feel like they let the side down and often we feel like we were the only one who could see them letting the side down and because of that, we then get annoyed when they get equal share of the glory for a job well done.

The social loafer theory states that as a work group gets larger in size – you know, as more and more people come on board to work on a project, that often an individual’s personal contribution decreases disproportionately to that group size. There is a perceived diffusion of personal responsibility to go above and beyond with personal time and effort as the size of the working group increases. Now you can see the similarities here with the market can’t you.

The truth is, in the market, to be a trader is to be a social loafer. And as I said at the start, most of us – by work ethic and breeding – we all want to contribute to society and therefore are not social loafers by nature, so the idea that, “to be a trader is to be a social loafer” that can be a difficult concept to comprehend or even to accept.

In the market the work group is everybody else – except for us. That includes, fund managers, mum and dad investors, day traders, fundamental and technical traders and investors – give everyone a label, it doesn’t matter because to be a trader is to sit outside of all these other participants and to simply do a disproportionate level of work but ultimately, get a maximum level of glory (profit) as possible.

We might be only one of a hundred buyers at a certain price level. We will definitely be only one of a thousand buyers who collectively help to move the share price. But that’s it. After that, we ride on the coat tails of the collective spirit where others do the work, but in theory, we get the profit. For many commentators and money managers, this social loafing of day traders and short term traders is a bug bear for them. You can hear it in their disparaging comments. You can hear it in the quotes that they sprout time and again such as “its time in the market, not timing the market” that works. God forbid, I even recall hearing a commentator on the old Your Money, Your Call TV program suggest that if you don’t hold onto a stock patiently when it decreases in value, then you don’t deserve to profit from it when it begins to trend upwards again. But to be a successful trader or investor, we must avoid those downtrends and surf the uptrends like a social loafer in dreadlocks. Remain aloof from the market – sure research stocks and the economy – keep abreast of everything, but by all means, be a social loafer without conscience and without care for the group.

Trading Psychology in 60 seconds – The Disposition effect

In the book called Reminiscences of a Stock Operator, Larry Livingston our hero of the story, committed what we now know as the disposition effect, when he held onto his position in cotton which showed him a loss, but sold his position in wheat which showed him a profit. He came to the conclusion that this was the worst speculative blunder that anyone could ever make in the market.

Consider shareholders in stock code ABC – down 25% in a day. How many of them will continue to hold? It is a tough call to ask anyone to sell a position which shows such a loss. Many holders will be carrying much larger losses because this thing has been at $4.40 12 months ago.

So what can you do?

First of all, you make yourself mindful of the disposition effect and with this in mind you establish investing or trading rules that are directly related to stopping you from finding yourself in this predicament.

We do this by not buying into downtrends for example. We focus on the economic fundamentals of not just the company but the broader economy in which we find ourselves. In a COVID 19 world, this would mean many people would be holding onto travel related stocks and suffering from the same effect – holding onto the Webjet’s in their portfolio, but offloading their ZIP or Afterpay shares which are showing them a profit.

You can take smaller position sizes as a general rule and work out a worst case scenario and see if and when this scenario unfolds, what impact it can have on your overall portfolio.

Maybe you limit yourself to only one stock per sector, such as one building company or one bank and so on, because we often see how bad news affecting one bank, always leads to contagion in other banks. But we are not your financial advisor. We don’t know what is best for you. But we suggest, making the worst speculative blunder that anyone could ever make in the market, is one blunder you should surely strive to avoid.

Investing in Agriculture Land Near Mumbai

A number of urban investors are investing in agricultural land. As an agricultural land plot can guarantee a good return in the long term. Investing in farmland in India has many benefits, you can use it for the purpose of farming or it can serve your dream of a weekend getaway. Buyer of the farmland has the opportunity of farming by himself or give this farm on lease to someone.

India is the second most populated country in the world and with a smaller land area as compared to China or the U.S. In such a condition agriculture land has become extremely valuable and difficult to acquire in places near to metropolitan cities like Mumbai, Delhi. From middle class to high net worth investors all are looking to invest in land and considering it a most reliable asset class. Apart from this, the profit made from selling the farm is tax-free.

Let’s look at the advantages of owning farmland:

Agriculture land can create good wealth in long term.
It is a low-risk investment
The income that you will earn through this agricultural land will be free from tax.
Today there is a gap between demand and supply across the country, which leads to the increase in agriculture commodities prices.
It is a great investment to keep pace with inflation.
Now let’s understand how investing in farmland can generate returns:

1) Investors of agriculture land can make money from the cash flow from the crops that are harvested.

2) Land Appreciation: We know the land is a limited resource and the agriculture land has decreased due to the land development and urban sprawl which makes the agricultural land more valuable. Thus this situation makes agriculture land to increase in value which is eventually beneficial for the investors.

3) There are other ways to generate income on farmland if your farmland is next to the highway you can generate income through billboards placed on the land or through radio towers that are built on the land.

Investing in the land may not provide you with immediate returns but over a longer-term, the returns can be quite decent. Also, there is much less volatility in this asset class as compared to others.

Pali Hill Estates is one such organisation which helps city buyer of Mumbai to switch to the countryside. As realty prices in Mumbai and other cities are rising, people are shifting their farmland investment towards the edge of metropolitan areas.

To take an escape from hectic city life, people want a place where they can relax and enjoy. As Lonavala and Khandala are getting crowded and overpriced, Khopoli is an emerging destination near Mumbai with mountain and valley views. Agricultural land in Khopoli-Pali road offers a great scope of investment opportunities. It is well connected to Mumbai and Pune and is just a 1-hour drive from Mumbai.

Some buyers want to invest so they can do their own organic farming on weekends and some want to build their dream second home for holidays.

Investors must choose their farmland based on few parameters like location, water facility, land fertility, soil quality and budget.