Don’t Sell!

If you’ve read my book, The Stock Market is for Everyone, and was inspired to begin investing in the stock market, right about now you might be second-guessing your decision to purchase the book in the first place.  The volatility in the stock market has returned with a vengeance, after being missing in action for most of the last eight years.

It’s never fun to watch your portfolio go down in value, whether you’ve been investing for six months or six decades.  Moments like these, though, will make you a better investor…if you can stomach the volatility and follow my advice.

Don’t sell!

For most investors, this principle is the most difficult practice to adhere to.  However…the number one reason investors fail is not because they buy the wrong companies.  It’s because they sell too soon.

Warren Buffett and the founders of The Motley Fool, Tom and David Gardner, have two of the best track records of any investors over the last 25 to 50 years.  They have each done empirical studies of every single investment they’ve made.  Both concluded that their returns, although staggering, would be even better had they never sold a share of any winner, as well as any loser!

Here’s why.  A correction, which is what we are in at the moment, can last a few months to a few years.  It is impossible to know how long any correction will last; however, the one thing that we can be sure of is that the market goes up a lot more than it goes down. 

And that’s why the best strategy any investor can have – in spite of everything you hear in the mainstream media – is don’t sell.

Let me give you an example.

Over the last five decades, Berkshire Hathaway has been an enormous wealth creator.  In fact, a $1000 investment in the early 1980s would be worth over a million dollars today.

In the period between then and now, there have been five instances where the stock has fallen between 30 and 60 percent.  If you had sold at any one of those times, you would have missed out on some of the biggest returns the company has to offer!

That’s why we at Wealthy Joe Investing are long-term investorsWe will not be shaken up by short term volatility.

Again, if you are new to investing, this could be very unsettling.  And I do understand!  I am, however, 100 percent confident that if you ride this out, you will be very happy that you did.

Don’t sell!


My book, The Stock Market is For Everyone, is a short guide for the beginning, inexperienced investor that is easy to understand and can be put into action immediately.

Click here to be taken to its Amazon page.

(Disclosure: As a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, I earn a small commission on each sale generated through these links.)


Guest Post: Dividends

Hello, everyone!  Today we’re going to hear from Chris Pascale, who is going to talk about dividends.  It’s always a pleasure to have you here, Chris!  Take it away:

Dividends: When Your Money Makes You Money

As noted in my posts about The Gap and Starting a Roth at 15, my financial writing tends to center around my kids being better off than I am.  This piece will be no different.

Over the years, my daughters have built up passbook savings accounts with money received from relatives on birthdays and holidays.  When they make deposits, the interest that accumulates can be seen, often between 1 and 5 cents a month.

As we’ve viewed the interest, I always point out that by having money, they are getting more money.

My older children are now learning about stocks, bonds, and real estate investing.  Among the things we discuss is the value of getting dividends.

What Is A Dividend?

Some companies divide up profits at the end of a financial period and pay that money to shareholders.

Divided at the End = Dividend

Are Dividends Better Than Interest?

Dividends are generally better than interest because they are attached to a security that can go up in value.  Cash in the bank can only lose value against inflation.  While stocks have a risk of loss, cash guarantees it.

Also, dividends are almost always higher than the interest you can earn these days, even on a current CD or bond.  There may be some CDs and bonds earning more interest, but the capital is then tied up for an extended period of time.  Contrastingly, you can sell the dividend-paying stock anytime you want.

This does not mean that stocks are better than bonds and CDs, but they are different, and those differences need to be understood.

Dividend Example

This year, I bought some shares of General Electric (GE) that I intend to hold for a long time, and acquire more of.  I bought 35 shares at the start of the year, and another 25 shares this week.  My overall investment is down, but I like GE for the following reasons:

  • They make quality products I use.
  • They are a solid American manufacturer.
  • The stock appears to be on sale, having dropped 25% in the past few months.
  • The dividends are reliable.

GE is not a stock you can get rich with by buying $1,000 worth.  For such ventures, you might consider Hemp, Inc. or other pot stocks, of which I own over 300,000 shares and would like to buy 300,000 more.  What GE is, though, is a stock you might be able to double your money with over the next 10 years while being paid dividends along the way.

Earnings on GE Dividends

GE is paying dividends of roughly 3%.  This means that owning $1,000 worth will bring you $30 in cash.  If you were to slowly add shares to your investment over the next 20 years (not making GE your only investment, of course), it would not be unreasonable to see your investment grow to $50,000.

That base of $50,000 would be paying dividends of $1,500 a year, if they only paid out once a year.

If you had 10 other dividend-paying stocks, then a portion of your retirement income would be $15,000 in dividends.

Reviewing Retirement

$15,000 is not going to cut it if you want to retire well.  That’s why it’s such a shame when an older person only has Social Security to rely upon.  Let’s review what your retirement will look like with dividend income.  This may be very modest because it assumes no rental real estate, spouse’s retirement, or valuable collectibles.

Assets at 60 years old:

Personal residence: $250,000

Retirement account: $700,000

Stock account: $500,000

Total assets: $1,450,000 


Income at 60 years old (working for pleasure, part-time):

Job income: $20,000

4% retirement draw: $28,000

Dividend income: $15,000

Total income: $63,000 


As noted, this assumes that only one person in the home worked, so there is only one retirement account and there will be only one Social Security income later on, which will add at least $20,000 to the total income when drawn upon.

What is important to note is the difference this dividend income makes.  Going from $48k to $63k is still on the spectrum of middle class comfort for those who have unburdened themselves of the shackles of a home mortgage and car loan payments, but it’s a big difference.  It can allow for important home improvements to be made.  A couple can go on a very nice vacation, or they can comfortably give a loved one in need as much as $2,000 without feeling as though they are making a great sacrifice.

Lastly, the dividends come from a base amount of capital that is worth $500,000, which can go up, but even if it went down, the value of having gotten paid for years will equal a net gain.

And you can always sell the stock.


My book, The Stock Market is For Everyone, is a short guide for the beginning, inexperienced investor that is easy to understand and can be put into action immediately.

Click here to be taken to its Amazon page.

(Disclosure: As a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, I earn a small commission on each sale generated through these links.)