The most rewarding process is that you invest consistently with crafted long term strategies. The magic of compounding will do the work for you. You will enjoy the ride of long-term growth of the market; but you also need to prepare for short-term downward adjustments due to the economic cycle.
It is difficult to stay away from irrational urges because when it comes to investing, your greatest enemy is likely to be yourself. As humans, we all are biologically wired to be poor investors of our own money. Knowing when to act, and when not to act is the most important facet of managing an investment portfolio. Let us to help you keeping things in perspective: