Investing in the stock markets is not gambling. In fact, it's more about discipline and patience. Unfortunately, most retail investors invest in the stock markets out of an impulse reaction or on the basis of an ill-advise by someone they happen to know.

There are a few ways in which you can realize the potential of the stock markets and end-up with handsome returns.

1. Don't time the trade you make

2. Do not invest on rumors

3. Invest small amounts regularly

Stock markets are known to give better returns than bank deposits and other fixed-income instruments. However, they can also provide lower returns if due care is not taken. Please be sure to take advise from professionals who are equipped to answer you queries.

It is your hard earned money. Invest wisely.