Jess Freeland is a proud Millennial living in Wellington, New Zealand, but is about to head off to the UK. We caught up with Jess to find out how and why she’s using Hatch to inspire other future Hatchlings to do the same. Here she is in her own words.
A bit about me
I’m a Marketing and Communications professional who loves cooking, exploring new places, and spending time with my friends and family. I’m inspired by many people and things, but one person who has been a massive influence on my life is my grandma. She’s cool, calm and collected, and is one of the most intelligent people I know, always learning and seeking out new knowledge. She has taught me about the importance of hard work, patience, and doing what you enjoy.
Why I’m keen on Hatch
For me, Hatch was an opportunity to buy individual shares on the US stock exchange. Other than my Kiwi Wealth KiwiSaver, all of my individual shares are in either the NZX or ASX, so Hatch gives me exposure to another market. I love it because compared to my other share trading platform, Hatch is both easy on the eyes and a breeze to use. I’m in there often, but I try not to track every day!
My investing style
Warren Buffet’s quote, “Our favourite holding pattern is forever”, underpins my investment philosophy – buy and hold. I’m in it for the long-haul.
When it comes to purchasing shares, I don’t try and time the market, because over the long-term history tells us that while there will be ups and downs, prices generally increase. If I have the money, there’s a company I want to invest in, and their shares are the right price, I’ll do it. I follow buy and hold, but that’s not to say I’d never sell. I’d sell if:
I needed the cash
The company no longer aligned with my values
I thought the share price was significantly overvalued and the market conditions for that sector/organisation were not looking favourable in the long-term
I was happy with the current price of the share and wanted to invest elsewhere.
I’m at the beginning of my investing journey, and I learn new things every day. I joined Hatch this year, and I’ve only purchased Beyond Meat (BYND). As I am new to investing on the NASDAQ, I am still looking into companies I want to invest in via this exchange. Currently, my existing portfolio is a mix of sectors, but I have a particular interest in aged care and technology businesses - industries where I see potential for sustained growth.
My best investment tip
I admit that my biggest regret is not investing in shares sooner than I did. It can seem scary when you first start investing, but the best way to learn is by doing. The best thing you can do is starting to invest today and then grow your knowledge by learning from others and by reading.
Hatch is intuitive – go for it!