Investors often fall in love with stocks that increase in value or pay good dividends. “Never fall in love with a stock” is a Wall Street adage cited in print from at least the 1950s. When a stock ceases to perform well, investors must be quick to fall out of “love” and to sell the stock.
“Marriage” often follows “love.” By at least the early 1960s, investors were being warned: “Don’t get married to a stock.”
7 August 1953, Oakland (CA) Tribune, “Women ‘Just Not Smart’ as Investors” by Dorothy Roe (AP Women’s Editor), pg. 9, col. 5:
2—Don’t fall in love with a stock. If it lets you down, get rid of it. No wise investor ever puts his securities away and forgets about them. Intelligent investing involves a knowledge of when to sell as well as when to buy.
21 June 1960, Logansport (IN) Pharos-Tribune, pg. 4, col. 6:
(By dancer Nicolas Darvas, author of “How I Made $2,000,000 in the Stock Market”—published by the American Research Council.)
I knew I must not fall in love with any stock when it rose or get angry when it fell...There are no such animals as good or bad stocks; there are only rising and falling stocks and I should hold the rising ones and sell those that fell.
16 April 1973, Greeley (MO) Tribune, “Trading rules offered” by Judith O. Rhoades, pg. A32, col. 5:
No. 1, approach the situation without emotion. In other words, do not fall in love with a stock.
Investment Analysis & Management
By Seww-Hock Saw and Choo Peng Lim
Published by Longman Singapore Publishers, 1990
Knowledgeable brokers teach their clients not to fall in love with a stock per se but to understand that changing one piece of paper for another may provide ...
Beating the Street:
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By Peter Lynch
New York, NY: Simon and Schuster
Never fall in love with a stock; always have an open mind.
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From: “Gary Shannon”
Subject: Re: Best of both worlds
They say you should never fall in love with a stock. Well, I’m in love with all my stocks. I’m familiar and comfortable with them. They’ve made money for me and I understand their personalities. They are my friends, my buddies. That’s how close I need to feel to a stock before I’ll trade it. If you’re feeling grumpy you might put on a smile and fool a stranger, but your phoney smile will never fool a close friend. And when one of my stocks is feeling frisky, or feeling grumpy, it can’t fool me either. I know them too well.
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By Jennifer Openshaw
New York, NY: Basic Books
Remember the Wall Street adage: never fall in love with a stock.
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Don’t Fall In Love With A Stock.
Publication: Investor’s Business Daily
Publication Date: 14-MAY-02
Byline: CHRISTINA WISE
Investor Psychology: Third In A Series
Falling in love can be wonderful. There’s an extra bounce in your step, the sky seems a little more blue, the air a little more sweet.
But if the object of your affection is a stock, you’re in for heartbreak sooner or later.
It’s easy to grow attached to a stock, particularly one that’s made…
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By Michael Maiello
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Lesson learned : Never ever fall in love with a stock
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4 Things People Forget About Owning Stocks.
By FlayJot ⋅ September 17, 2008
Stocks are Unemotional. The stock you own will act of its own accord, without concern for your feelings about the stock or underlying company. The market doesn’t care about you, and you should keep this in mind when an investment becomes unfit for your portfolio. Take heed of an old saying; “Never fall in love with a stock.”
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