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When Something Goes Wrong: The Case Of JP Morgan Chase

 May 11, 2012 02:49 AM

Managing your investments would be easy if you just bought stocks and watched them move higher.

In your dreams!

In the real world, even the best managers must deal with adversity.  Our choices, no matter how carefully chosen, do not perform as expected.  Something goes wrong.

Dealing with adversity is crucial to investment success.  Tonight we have an informative case study in JP Morgan Chase (JPM), a company that I have cited favorably several times and include in my flagship investment program.  My most recent favorable mention was just this week in my discussion of Europe.

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While it is more fun to write about triumphs, it is just as important to think about losses.  Despite my overall record, I certainly make choices that do not work out.  I do not endorse "buy-and-hold." I actively manage every program and every position, constantly reviewing the changing prospects for each investment.

Let us take a closer look at how to handle adversity.

What NOT to Do

There are two basic investment mistakes -- mirror images of failure to analyze.

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