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  • Writer's pictureIshfaaq Peerally

5 Years of Stock Investing

🥳 Last week, I celebrated my fifth year as an investor and my fifth on eToro. In these 5 years, the S&P 500 $SPX500 returned 89% while my portfolio returned 580%. I was able to 𝙗𝙚𝙖𝙩 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙢𝙖𝙧𝙠𝙚𝙩𝙨 𝙗𝙮 𝟲.𝟱𝙓 𝙞𝙣 𝟱 𝙮𝙚𝙖𝙧𝙨, and I'm currently the Popular Investor with the best 2 year and 1 year returns. Even though it looks great, it is not that simple. At some points, I was down 30% when I first started. I've not gone through a bear market yet and I cannot really call myself a good investor before that. However, I've learned a lot during these 5 years.

💰 The main reason why I started investing was not actually to invest but to trade to solve my money troubles. I started with $100 on eToro which was half my monthly income. I opened a highly leveraged trade in oil $OIL and made $24. I thought that this game was easy but the next day, I lost $56. In the first six months of trading, I lost nearly $700 on $2000 invested. That's when I decided to 𝙗𝙚𝙘𝙤𝙢𝙚 𝙖 𝙫𝙖𝙡𝙪𝙚 𝙞𝙣𝙫𝙚𝙨𝙩𝙤𝙧. Today, I'm one of the approved value investors on eToro. As a Value investor, My returns improved as I've returned 58% per year or 850% in 4.5 years.

✍️ I was always sharing my analyses (even though they were not as good as today) and eventually, I got copiers as my stats improved and 𝙄 𝙗𝙚𝙘𝙖𝙢𝙚 𝙖 𝙋𝙤𝙥𝙪𝙡𝙖𝙧 𝙄𝙣𝙫𝙚𝙨𝙩𝙤𝙧. At some points, I decided not to do a Masters' Degree in Theoretical Physics and focus on investing.

♟️ I still had some problems with my portfolio, I had too many stocks, at some points I had 32 and all of them were correlated with each other and with the market. Apple $AAPL was over 20% of my portfolio. I decided to 𝙛𝙤𝙘𝙪𝙨 𝙞𝙣𝙨𝙩𝙚𝙖𝙙 𝙤𝙣 𝙨𝙢𝙖𝙡𝙡𝙚𝙧 𝙘𝙤𝙢𝙥𝙖𝙣𝙞𝙚𝙨 𝙬𝙞𝙩𝙝 𝙡𝙤𝙬𝙚𝙧 𝙘𝙤𝙧𝙧𝙚𝙡𝙖𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣𝙨 𝙬𝙞𝙩𝙝 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙢𝙖𝙧𝙠𝙚𝙩 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙬𝙞𝙩𝙝 𝙚𝙖𝙘𝙝 𝙤𝙩𝙝𝙚𝙧. I took profits on Apple and invested in Skyworks Solutions $SWKS instead. Gradually, I started investing in special situations, doing arbitrage, I invested in a bankrupt company until I saw the greatest investment ever, GameStop $GME . The stock was a cigar butt stock on a brink of a short squeeze and nobody was talking about it.

💸 So far this year, I've made 170%. To go from 170% to 200%, I need only 11%. That's the power of compound interest. For compound interest to work, we need to 𝙛𝙤𝙘𝙪𝙨 𝙤𝙣 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙡𝙤𝙣𝙜-𝙩𝙚𝙧𝙢.

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