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Why Join an Investment Club?
There are many reasons a person might want to join an investment club. Let’s start by defining what is an “investment club.”
“An investment club is a group of people who pool their money to make investments. Usually, investment clubs are organized as partnerships and, after the members study different investments, the group decides to buy or sell based on a majority vote of the members. Club meetings may be educational and each member may actively participate in investment decisions.” -- US Securities & Exchange Commission
So, why do almost 80% of BetterInvesting members belong to one (or more) BI investing clubs? The anecdotal reports we get when our chapter volunteers make training visits to our clubs is that club members want to learn how to identify quality companies and properly assess the company’s sales and earnings to form an informed opinion of the company’s future potential. They want to learn the key skill of evaluating management’s ability to continue growing the company and making money for them as owners. They want to learn about and apply a rational, proven process for buying (and selling) stocks. As their stock holdings grow in numbers of names and values members want to learn how to create and manage a portfolio of solid, high quality growth companies, re-invest dividends and make money.
That’s why people join investment clubs: so they can learn how to invest.
We’ve found that the major driver for belonging to an investment club is the members want to be able to take these skills back to their own kitchen table and apply them to their own family’s investment portfolio. Teaching their children how to invest (and properly manage the legacy portfolio they’re building for them) is a major motivator.
Question: are you getting out of your investment club experience what you expected? If not, perhaps it’s because you’re missing the educational benefit of club membership that can only come from being an active participant in your club, equipped with the tools of the trade and skilled in their application. If you only have a club membership you’re missing access to the research resources, the data stream, the analysis tools and the lessons shared from the thousands other BetterInvesting investing clubs in the country that you can only get through having your own membership in BetterInvesting which includes subscribing to the online stock study tools. And you’re not bringing home to the kitchen table the skills and tools your family needs to achieve financial independence. Even worse, you won't be able to teach the next generation in your family how to save and invest.
Would you like to find out more? Go to betterinvesting.org and explore their public website. View the free online stock study webinars that are posted there. Try out the online demo stock study tools. View the many YouTube videos posted by BetterInvesting. Perhaps the best way is to take advantage of your Chapter’s experience volunteers to visit your club and provide your members with hands on training on “all things investing.” Just send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll get back to you.
Questions or comments? Carolyn Fox, Director, Oklahoma Chapter at email@example.com