“Maybe I am beyond stupid!”
The problem with using negative language to describe oneself and one’s actions is that it limits the chance for positive change. The problem with the more common problem of over-estimating one’s abilities and worth is that it leads to true failure. So, yes, admit that you lost money due to thinking you understood how to gamble in the equity markets, when you really didn’t, and now try to fix the problem, but not by doubling down on your bets, which is what I’d say you did with buying TSLA.
Yeah, yeah. It’s probably a good company, or at least it scores well on the basis of its fundamentals. But is it really a stock you should be buying at this point in your learning journey? I’d say not.
Graham divides stocks --and them who play in the equity casinos-- into three bins: ‘Defensive’, ‘Enterprising’, ‘Speculative’. Clearly, TSLA, CRWD, ENPH, etc., are NOT ‘Defensive’ stocks, with long-established, recession-tolerant, consistently-profitable businesses. Rather they mostly fall into the transition zone between ‘Enterprising’ and ‘Speculative’, and they shouldn’t be the bulk of anyone’s portfolio except them who have a proven track record of being able to manage the risks of that asset class. (And you’re not there yet.)
So, dip a toe in the water and buy a share or two for bragging rights, but expect to lose money on them, on average and over long haul. No biggie if they are just 2% of assets under management. But a huge problem if they are 20%, or all of it.
Here’s how I’d divide up the investing world with some suggested allocations:
Cash & Equivalents (10% minimum up to 50% maximum)
Defensive Investments (20% minimum up to 50% max)
Enterprising Trades (10% min up to 50% max)
Speculative Bets (2% min and 5% max)
Non-performing Mistakes (Hopefully 0%, but tolerably, 5%)
Cash & Equivalents: Right now, T-Bills are offering 5% and better. You ought to be in there buying.
Defensives: finding good defensives is going to be research intensive on the front-end and then mostly just coasting once the positions are put on. Note this is the Buy&Hold stuff Quill scoffs at, but actually holds quite a lot of. Given our current macro-economics, I’d put precious metals and their miners in this group.
Enterprising: Nearly anything could fit here. Use a trending-following system to get in and out of them. Expect holding periods of 3 to 20 days. The commodities make good candidates. (E.g., look at CANE.) But anything with favorable macro-economics and/or a clean balance sheet could be considered.
Speculative: this is the in-and-out, same day stuff. The cryptos and the 3x/-3x ETFs are good candidates. The reason for trading them is to learn how to make good decisions fast. That skill will help you better manage the slower moving stuff.
Lastly, the Non-performing. A good rule of thumb is this. “Sell down to your sleeping point” especially given that the economy is going to crash and that stock prices are going to go lower.