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The Dividend Investor: A practical guide to building a share portfolio designed to maximise income by Rodney Hobson

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Chapter 21. Spotting Buying Opportunities

Because we are buying mainly for the long term we should not get too bogged down in picking the precise moment to buy. The only way to find out if shares have hit the bottom is to look back with hindsight, by which time it is too late.

Nonetheless, we want to spot buying opportunities that will allow us to build a promising portfolio at the lowest cost, or maximise our purchases for a set amount of money.

Buying rumours

There is an old stock market adage that you should buy on rumour and sell on news. This is not a rule to follow too literally, especially if you are a dividend investor, for its message is more about speculative investment and short-term profits. Nonetheless there is an element ...

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