“Risks Come From Not Knowing What you are doing.”

– Warren Buffett 

If it’s one thing we know about the stock market, then that is that risks are always there. Whether in small amounts or big, but they are always present. Just as how the stock market can make you filthy rich, it can also take your breath away. Risks can be minimized or maximized in the stock market, but there can come a time when you would want to cash out.

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But do you know what the crucial part about this is? When you do not know when. There are plenty of times an investor can make a blunder mistake while exiting a stock. Sometimes the mistake can also be not exiting the stock. For instance, here are a few cases that could happen.

Case Scenario ‘A’

You have invested in stock ABC in 2019. The see a fall in your stock from market ups and downs in a year, let us say in the year 2020. What would your immediate reflex suggest? Without a doubt, it would suggest you exit the stock as soon as possible and before the markets get worse and you get nothing out of your stock.

So you finally exit your stock at the current price. In a matter of three months, the market conditions improve, and you can see that the stock you were holding on to shoots up in price. Now, was it right that you exited the stock?

Definitely Not. If you just held on to your stock for another three months, you could have seen a good profit.

Case Scenario ‘B’

You have invested in stock in the year 2019 that you plan on trading off in a teas time for a financial goal. In a year’s time, in the year 2020, the market fluctuates, goes down, and drops your share price. You are tied closely to a budget where you need the money, but instead of selling your share in the bad market situation, you get a loan against the fund hoping it would go up in the future.

In a matter of four months, the price of your share shoots up high, and the market conditions improve. So, wasn’t it the right thing that you held on to your stock without exiting it. When to exit a stock is a question a lot of investors ask, but only a few know the answer to. So make sure you understand how it works.

Given these two situations, but how would you know when to exit a stock position and when not to exit a stock. What If you end up exiting at the wrong time. Here are some times when you would most want to exit the stock.

When Should You Exit a Stock?

  1. The Fundamental of Your Stock Degrades

You can sell your stock when the fundamental of your company is not the same anymore. Same anymore in the sense when you bought it. If the fundamentals of that company degrade, then the profits and revenue would also continuously decline. This happens usually happens when the company has not come up with anything new or innovative.

  1. If You Find a Better Stock

When you find a stock that has better fundamentals than the one you are holding on to now, it is a good time to exit the stock. This also means that the company is doing better and coming up with better products or services that can grab better opportunities.

  1. When the Company has Been Overvalued in a Short Time

In a general view, the share price of a strong company can go high with time. But if the price goes too high from the entry price in a short period of time, you should sell.

  1. When it is Tight End, and You Need the Money

See, the basic reason why you are entering the stock market is that you need the money profits. This should be the major reason for why you should be selling your stock over any of the external factors that are out there. This means you will be exiting the stock when you want to, instead of having to do it when you are pushed to.


Once you understand these factors, you can at least get a clear picture of all the times you should be exiting or staying with your stock. Among these factors, the most important one is, exiting the stock when you want to meet your financial goal. Mostly it is advised to stay with a stock for a long period of time or for a long term, but if you are turning out to sell or exit that stock you must have a strong reason to do so. The ultimate goal of investing in a stock is to see profits and exiting without that might not be the best thing to do.


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