Are you a successful investor or are the one who is being hit like a shuttle cock every now and then by the market as well as the friendly broker or advisor, or are the one who is sitting on the fence hoping to find the “golden ticket” to success.

Chances are either you are sitting on the fence or are unhappy with your investments, while your agent and broker are making money at the cost of your investments.

You might also have the following typical characteristics and behavior associated with investing:

The Ignorant

You are the key to survive for your Relationship manager and agent. The moment your agent and relationship manager has to fulfill his branch target or win a trip to Bangkok, he / she start “planning” on how to take out some business from you. Mind you the “Planning” is on how to take money out of you in the guise of “Planning” an investment for you.

He will talk big of Indian GDP growth, and then how you can make a killing in investing into infrastructure funds. One day he will talk about the land bank of one big builder and then another day on why is it safe to invest in Gold only. Then he will also convince you easily that one particular unit linked plan is the best in the market and it will double your money in the shortest possible time.

And you fall prey to all this. He will take out the form, get your signatures and fill it later. Because if he spends a lot of time filling up the form in front of you, there is a possibility of you changing your mind.

The Speculator

If you are a speculator, you want to make much higher returns and knowingly or unknowingly take extra risks of not diversifying their portfolio in various asset class or invest in few within the same asset class. You tend to choose taking control of your investments. You generally get a hot stock tip from your friend, broker or the business channel, and try to cash on it.

You are not scared to throw some money in Futures and Options, or are ready to buy a flat from a builder in a suburb without even investigating it enough. For you its all about now to take a chance on getting rich.

You are more of a gambler and doesn’t always invest smart. While sometimes you are lucky in winning lottery, you can never expect it to win every time.

The Spectator

You are the investor who is always busy in something and have no time to look at your investments. You will find a million answers on not investing. Stock market to you look risky. And by the time you take a decision on investing in a particular stock or mutual fund, it looks like market is headed for a crash. You have no knowledge in the real estate sector and no time to visit a site either. You cannot park your funds in Fixed deposits because what if you might need your funds tomorrow. And the investments you have made, if any under pressure of your friend, you have no time to review it or look at its performance.

Is it because you fear loosing your money or have no knowledge on where to start ? You are likely to make some money with your investments and not loose any money. But if you keep delaying the investments to tomorrow, you certainly are going to loose the value of cash in your hand (inflation is at an average of 8%) and also delay in accomplishing your goal of having a bigger / better house or car.

The Know all

You know everything. Yes ! This is what you believe !! You are the one who flips through Economic times quiet often. Enjoy watching Business Channels. And remembers that once the analyst had recommended a particular company to buy insurance. Or that Mid cap segment had a good run in a particular year.

But what about now. Has the micro and macro scenario changed. While you are now going for that particular insurance product, have you studied that IRDA (You know IRDA right!!) has brought in new regulatory changes and that product is no longer the best any more. Or that a large cap fund will deliver better returns in a particular cycle of market volatility.

The chances are that you were busy more in your work (in which you are good, probably best) and missed out on the other changes in the micro and macro environment. While having a discussion with your colleague or friend it is ok to show off that you know all but you can you risk taking major investment decisions for your self ?

The Saver

You are busy saving your hard earned money. You are likely to have a PPF account, some Bank FD’s, Mutual Funds, NSC’s and some Insurance policies. You are the one who will buy “Everything” that comes to you. It all started with saving taxes. Now it is more of a habit as you have spare money. Your portfolio might have everything, but most are impulsive decisions to invest rather than a clear , well thought of strategy to make your money optimally diversified and careful study of competitive products. You also are less likely to review your portfolio at a regular interval.

In our opinion most successful investors go through stages of investing before they become successful. Some take a longer and painful journey, while others are lucky to hit growth faster. And some learn from others mistake.