Investment Myths Debunked

Investment Myths Debunked

“Words are very important, and I’m really into destroying myths” ― Yoko Ono

2 min read

Investment Myths

Investment Myths Debunked

“Words are very important, and I’m really into destroying myths” ― Yoko Ono

2 min read

To many, the world of investing is shrouded in mystery; the realm of financial whizz-kids and the super-rich. In reality, however, this is not the case and, once myth is separated from reality, it should be clear that investing is actually accessible to all. 

Can’t invest, won’t invest!

Research1 has highlighted several reasons why people are sometimes reluctant to invest. The main one, cited by 45% of respondents, is because they don’t have sufficient money, while 23% feel they are not knowledgeable enough about investing and 21% are worried about losing money.

Only for the rich?

These findings mirror a number of common misconceptions surrounding investing, one of which is that only wealthy people invest. However, whilst this may have been the case in the past, it is certainly not true nowadays, with investment options available for people with relatively small sums to invest.

Personal expertise and devotion required?

Other common investment myths include the idea that you have to be a stock market genius and monitor your investments on a daily basis. Both of these are untrue: advice is readily available to guide novice investors throughout their investment journey, while taking a long-term approach is always advisable. 

Too risky by far?

Whilst it is true that all investing involves risk, not all investments are similarly risky. So, anyone who is worried about losing money can take a more cautious approach by holding a greater proportion of less-risky assets in their portfolio.

Real Estate is Always a Safe Investment!

Real estate can be lucrative, but it’s not devoid of risks. It requires research, maintenance, and might often lack liquidity compared to other investments.

Gold is the Ultimate Safe Haven?

Whilst gold is often considered a safe haven, its value fluctuates and doesn’t always offer the returns or stability expected during economic turmoil.

You Can't Recover from Investment Losses

Losses are part of investing, but smart strategies, patience, and learning from mistakes can help recover and grow wealth over time.

Timing the Market Guarantees Success

Timing the market consistently is incredibly challenging. It’s time IN the market, not timing the market, that matters. Consistency and long-term strategies tend to yield better results.

Help at hand

If you’re new to investing then get in touch and Patterson Mills can help get you started. We’ll show you that investing is not just for the ultra wealthy but in fact everyone has a chance to potentially secure a higher return on their hard-earned cash.

Patterson Mills understand that navigating the investment landscape can feel daunting amidst these myths and others. But here’s the truth—we’re here to support you every step of the way. We won’t throw you into the deep end; instead, we provide a steady hand to guide you through the complexities, offering tools, resources, and expert advice.

Whether you’re a novice investor or seeking to refine your strategies, our commitment remains steadfast — together, we’ll navigate the investment world and build a secure financial future. Get in touch today and book your initial, no-cost and no-obligation meeting, you will be pleased that you did. Send us an e-mail to or call us direct at +41 21 801 36 84 and we shall be pleased to assist you.

Please note that all information within this article has been prepared for informational purposes only. This article does not constitute financial, legal or tax advice. Always ensure you speak to a regulated Financial Adviser before making any financial decisions.

1HSBC, 2022