What is your biggest investment surprise for next year? Does your predictions or that of others get you surprised? Allow me to walk you through a bit of history these predictions from the biggest investment suggestions are predicted by the so called experts in that field of forecasting.\n\n\n\nIn 2000 pundits said, \u201cYou can\u2019t lose money in tech stocks.\u201d Investors went all in. The higher the price the more money poured in.\n\n\n\nRight until the big surprise. The recession of 2001. Many tech stocks were down 90%. Some incinerated.\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n2005 pundits said, \u201cYou can\u2019t lose money in real estate.\u201d Investors went all in. Buying houses at escalated prices with loans they couldn\u2019t afford.\n\n\n\nRight until the big surprise. The recession of 2008. Many houses were down 50%. Equity disappeared as homes were foreclosed.\n\n\n\n2009 pundits said, \u201cBuy gold. Sell your stock. You can\u2019t lose money in gold.\u201d So investors went all in. Sold their stocks at losses and bought gold at escalating prices.\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nSince then pundits have predicted recessions, recommended ethanol and hedge funds. All were a sure thing. Investors went all in.\n\n\n\nAnd all surprised to the downside.\n\n\n\nYet, those who patiently kept investing in a quality diversified portfolio have been rewarded exponentially.\n\n\n\nI learned long ago, sometimes the hard way, that you can\u2019t foresee surprises. Because, well, that\u2019s what makes them surprises.\n\n\n\nAnd the pundits, with all their predictive powers get blindsided by the surprises most often. And if they\u2019re investing in what they\u2019re recommending they get just as burned.\n\n\n\nSo what do you do?\n\n\n\nFirst, stop listening to the pundit\u2019s.\n\n\n\nSecond, stop trying to discern surprises.\n\n\n\nThird, keep consistently investing.\n\n\n\nYou\u2019ll miss some occasional surprises to the upside. But you\u2019ll also miss the irrecoverable surprises to the downside.\n\n\n\nOh, and you\u2019ll have a lot more time to concentrate on fun stuff. Like planning how you\u2019ll spend your comfortable retirement.\n\n\n\nYou\u2019ll be successful in investing only as you stop trying to outguess the surprises.\n\n\n\nRead also;Money Principles Everyone Should Know AboutMake Money With Your Creative TalentWhy You Must Build A Second Stream Of Income\n\n\n\n If you have a story you want to share with AFROSAGES and the world, please do hit us up on FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM AND TWITTER.