Life is full of emotions, but fear can hurt the most. It is strong enough to change a whole community and way of life. And when it comes to money, it’s no different. Fear controls the pocketbook, and too often it gets in the way of financial success.
There are three ways fear can grip an investor.
First, there is the fear of losing money. Many people choose safe investments because they don’t want to lose money by taking a risk with stocks. Taking this approach can eliminate that fear, but in the long term it hurts the pocketbook. The safer those investments, the lower the investment gain. Then when inflation goes up 3 percent, the safe investment earning 2 percent does not provide enough to pay the higher costs, and the money runs out sooner.
Second, there is the fear of not gaining money. This type of fear is more common in younger investors. They worry what they are doing will not provide enough profit to improve their lifestyle. Younger investors often like to compare investment returns. They fear they will not gain enough to outdo a friend and therefore they would not have enough to spend on luxuries. These investors want to make a lot of money by being greedy, investing in high-risk stocks or in a new business. This fear can end up hurting if the extra risk leads to big losses. Investments that have the best potential for gain often carry the biggest potential for loss.