With the economy in a recession, the stock market has declined, and people are worried about losing money. Stock market losses occur when you buy for more then you sell your stocks for. This is called capital loss. Other kinds of stock market loss include missed profit loss, paper loss, or lost opportunity. Sometimes stock market loss is not because you chose to sell at the wrong time, but because a company you hold stock in goes under, declares bankruptcy, etc. forcing investors to assume losses. While the stock market is unpredictable, and often volatile, and while you can’t time the markets, or know for sure when things will go up and when they will go down, there are things you can do to avoid future stock market losses. Before you can understand how to avoid loss, you need to understand the different types of stock market losses. Avoid being too greedy or optimistic because missed profit loss is the most common, it is important to understand how to avoid loss in this category. No matter what kind of stock you invest in, if it starts to go up, do not get too optimistic, this can lead to stupidity. While it is disappointing to sell too soon and see even more gain, it is more disappointing to sell too late and not make money you could have. So, if your stocks start to rise, let them rise some, with an eye on the future, but do not get too greedy, and do not think they will be your big payday, instead sell when you have a for sure gain. Do your research. Stocks always need to be evaluated before they are purchased. It does not matter who gave you a stock tip, or what other people are doing, your investments are personal finances, and the key word is personal. So, do some research, and consider your stocks in the long term as well as the short term. For example, you might see a technology company on the decline, but it might still have great long-term potential because of what it offers. So, look into stocks carefully, but quickly. If you spend too much time researching possible stocks, you will miss out. So, stay up to date on what is going on, and figure out your system for evaluating stocks based on your tolerance for risk, etc. This is going to do two things for you, it is going to help you find stocks that are going to perform better, and it is going to help you eliminate paper loss that turn into other loss because you will know when something has potential, and when it is a lost cause avoid investing money you do not have outright.