I’ve been know to stray from the index path. When you are in full control of your investments it’s tough to resist that sweet siren call of the Netflix and Amazon stocks of the world. What normally happens when I pick stocks? This image sums it up nicely:
Maybe I don’t have the will power to hold on when I’m down 30%. And sometimes unforeseen external circumstances forced me to sell (Moving to USA). But at one point I realized:
I’ve made more money at the casino than I have picking “risky” stocks
Okay I’ve profited maybe $200 between all my visits to the blackjack table. It’s not much but I’ve lost more gambling with stocks. Luckily my solid foundation of index funds have completely insulated me from any big losses. I have healthy ETF gains over the past few years. And these risky picks are less than 5% of my total portfolio value.
If you truly want to gamble with your investments I’d recommend using no more than 10% of your total portfolio value. Or whatever you’re willing to lose.