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Sunday, April 15, 2007

Your Stock Market Attitude

Many people often wonder why some make it in the stock market and some don’t. They sometimes moan and say, “They have all the luck, that’s why.” True enough, luck can be a factor in one’s success or failure in the stock market. As most experts will allow, trading at the stock market is very similar to gambling. They both involve a great deal of risk. But unlike gambling, success or failure in the stock market is not solely dependent on luck. It has much to do with two things information and attitude.

Information has much to do with success or failure at the stock market. First of all, information makes stock trading more than just guesswork. Analyzing trends can help investors make educated guesses regarding their investments.

One important aspect that often goes unnoticed is the proper attitude investors must have towards investing. Too often, investors fall prey to the wrong type of attitude in investing. This leads to wrong decisions, and impulsive buying or selling. What are these attitudes, and how should they be avoided?

1. Many Investors Exhibit an Impatient Manner

Unfortunately, many investors get into the mix just because they are under the impression that they could get rich overnight as result of a few investments. This is so far from the truth. In fact, successful portfolios are built over time. Stocks take time to mature and appreciate. If the investor never realizes this, he or she might be looking to make a quick buck. And when he or she is unable to, he or she may become discouraged or may sell his or her shares for a lower price.

2. Many Investors Look to Take the Risk to Be Overnight Millionaires

Warren Buffet, the Wall Street Tycoon has this advice for investors: don’t bet all your marbles on stocks that seem to be skyrocketing today. They could crash tomorrow. Buffet confides that he has always built his empire over stocks that were stable and exhibited continued growth over the years. He says that these stocks are preferable to volatile stocks that could crash anytime.

Other investors fail to diversify their portfolios. Depending on how much risk one is willing to take, an investor should divide his or her portfolio into low-risk, medium-risk, and high-risk categories, and invest in such stocks. Some people are too risky and put their heads on the guillotine with high risk investments. Others will not risk their necks on any investments. One should choose an attitude that is just right for his or her risk tolerance.

Sunday, April 8, 2007

Things that Affect Stock Market Price

How Stock Market Price Rises and Falls

Understanding how stock market price rises and falls is similar to understanding the prices of other products in the market. It also follows the law of supply and demand. Price of stocks rise and fall due to the following reasons:

1. Company profit projections and image

A company’s growth and profit forecasts describe how capable a company is in delivering its promises to its investors. These numerical projections are carefully prepared by a company based on their past profits and projected additional profits due to new products and services, operations and infrastructure improvement.

Aside from profit forecasts, company image can also make an impact on a company’s profitability. Rumors of change in management, take-over, mergers, and even personal issues about the company’s top executives can affect the company’s image.

For example, a rumor of a merger between two big companies projects more stability and greater profit projections for both companies. As more investors would want to buy stocks from these merging companies, the demand for their stocks will rise. Based on the law of supply and demand: the greater the demand for stocks, the higher will their prices be.

A bankruptcy rumor about a company can send its investors to sell all their stocks. If there are more sellers than buyers of stocks then the supply (of stocks) is greater than the demand for stocks thus, stock price will fall.

2. Political Economy

General news about the local and global politics has an immediate impact on the economy and consequently to stock market prices. Politics and economics are correlated. Positive news such as lower unemployment rates, increased productivity, peace and order, and strong confidence in the government has positive impact on the economy. Such news encourages more local and international investors to open companies in a certain location or country. This in turn would generate more jobs, and as an effect, would encourage more trading in the market at higher stock prices in general due to the increase in demand for stocks of different companies.

On the other hand, negative news such as political instability and turmoil, security problems such as terrorism and insurgency, frequent strikes, and inflation has negative impact on the stock market prices. Investors are driven away by these things and close-up. As an effect, more stockholders would sell out. This creates more sellers than buyers thus stock market prices fall.

3. Interest rates

Higher interest rates are associated with a slump in economic growth. This creates a sluggish environment where investors become apprehensive in buying stocks. Either they keep the status quo or sell out their stocks. When the demand for stocks is not high, prices will go down.

Wednesday, April 4, 2007

OOT: Debt Consolidation Program for New York residents

Some times monthly bills reach such a level that people can’t manage to pay. When debts become unmanageable, people often decide to file bankruptcy without considering its effects on credit. However there are some good alternatives that help people repay debts and protect credit as well.

Debt Consolidation is one such option to manage your debts. It helps you in taking the right steps towards debt free life. Debt Consolidation Companies negotiate with your creditors for your outstanding debts and sketches a proper payment plan for you. Credit counselor also helps to make a proper budget for the future so that you can avoid debts in the coming days.

Before you join any consolidation program you should know more about debt consolidation companies. According to New York state law, every debt consolidator should be licensed by the department of banking or by an attorney and only a licensed debt consolidation company can accept payments from a debtor in order to pay his creditors. Also they must be non-profit company or attorney. According to law only a small fee can be charged but any advance fee or consultation charge for credit repair is totally illegal in New York. Some agencies conduct online debt consolidation programs. The laws are also same for them.

Debt Consolidation Care provides list of New York Debt Consolidation Companies for NY residents. Those are licensed in NY to conduct debt consolidation program. Contact Department of Banking to find out if a debt consolidator is licensed or not.

The New York State Department of Banking
2 Rector Street
New York, New York 10006
(212) 618-6445

Those who do not want any third party to handle their credit can go for a Do It Yourself guidance to get out of debt. Debt Consolidation Care Community members who have been there in similar situations help people with proper information on debt settlement, credit repair, budgeting and many more. Step in to the DIY section to start your journey to debt free life now.

Friday, March 30, 2007

Stock Market Trading System

If you are a beginner in the stock market, you should be familiar with how the system works. It is important that you know what you are getting into.

The trading system, in definition, is the choice you would make on what method to use in entering or buying and exiting or selling the stocks. Choosing the trading system is the most vital part for your money’s success.

In choosing a trading system, it is important to research and find a low-risk and high-opportunity companies when buying stocks. Knowing the fundamentals in the price signals and when to sell your stocks when losses occur, would maintain your money’s growth.

The trading system has been divided into several groups for the investors to know which company they would enter shares with.

1) Blue chips. This refers to the shares of the huge companies. These companies have a trace of profit progression and usually have at least 4 billion dollars in returns yearly. Although entering in to blue chips would provide a large capital in the investor’s part, the payment from the shares would be consistent – the dividend is in the middle of winning and losing shares.

2) Growth stocks. This refers to the companies that grow quickly. The management of these companies invests the profits from the stock for the development of their company. Companies with growth stocks seldom pay dividends to investors. And if they do, the payments are lower than other companies.

3) Income stocks. This refers to the companies’ stocks that have high earnings. Income stocks are stable and pay a large dividend or payment to the shareholders. These kinds of shares usually make use of mutual funds for senior citizen plans.

4) Defensive stocks. This refers to the companies’ stocks that always remain stable even if the market falls. These are the kinds of stocks that could easily reclaim its place in the market when it losses stocks. Since these companies defend their stocks, the investor would lessen the risk in losing money. Defensive stocks are always suitable to purchase because it is suitable in an unstable market and when the economy suddenly falls.

But before entering into one of these categories, one should analyze the risks and dividends of the company. Plus, you should think outside the box and cautiously examine the company’s accounting flow, the distribution of the profits to all investors, and other profile of the company.

When you have established the trust on a company’s stock, it would be easy for you to buy or sell in the trading system.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Problems with The Stock Market

"Investors often cause stock market problems"

With the advent of online banking and online trading, the stock market has opened its doors to virtually every person willing enough to grow their money.

And yet, despite this, not everyone has joined the bandwagon. The biggest factor being the potential risk involved in trading stocks.

The stock market is among the most volatile financial institutions in business. And it’s this volatility that tends to be the biggest problem with the stock market.

Almost any reason, real or imagined can cause these extreme fluctuations that often affect the stock market’s credibility.

Real factors such as the weather, political instability, political decisions, war, terrorist threats, boycotts and strikes, economic trends and international trade or even company scandals also become factors to the stock market problems.

Bad weather such as hurricanes affects certain industries such as oil production. This then drives the cost of petroleum products higher as production gets limited. This causes a cascading effect that drives stocks of oil companies higher.

Political instability in a country can affect investor confidence thus lesser investing is done. This causes the shares of local companies to slide downwards.

Boycotts, strikers and terrorist threats have also proven to be the bane of the airline industry. Shares of airliners have tumbled throughout the years with every terrorist attacks all over the world.

But aside from uncontrollable factors such as natural disaster (or war), the common underlying link that allows these other reasons to affect the stock market so significantly is investor psychology.

Humans are prone to herd mentality. Often, people confirm with the actions and directions of other people.

This is a common mistake in investing.

An example of this is during the early 90s when dozens of dot com companies sold their stocks in the stock market. It created an artificial demand for stocks of companies that did not even provide real and concrete services.

These stocks soared in value as more and more enthusiastic investors bought them. This happened up until the time it was realized that these companies did not actually post any considerable profit to sustain the value of the shares.

The stocks then tumbled and virtually lost value as investors frantically sold their shares.

This tendency to panic and depend on the direction of others is among the real causes of problems with the stock market.

There are two actions arising from this mentality:

a.) panic buying

b.) panic selling

Of the two, panic selling causes the most harm since it causes a steep and quick drop in the value of shares.

The best way to avoid causing these problems is to practice due diligence and to keep a level head while investing.

Saturday, March 17, 2007

Stock Market Game

The stock market is a game.

As a kid, have you ever played the board game Monopoly? This is a game that deals with properties, banks, infrastructure, and millions of colorful dollars.

Like in Monopoly, the stock market is a game in which you have to decide the buying and selling of your properties. Although in the case of the trading business, you are making stock market decisions.

The money you collect in Monopoly when you have circulated the whole board game would be the dividend or the payment in the stock market. The amount of the money you collect would be determined by the properties you have in the game. Just like in the stock market, the more shares you have, the larger amount of money you would be given.

When you are getting bankrupt in the game of Monopoly, you have the power to sell your colorful houses or building when you need to regain your finances. Just like in your stocks, when the market falls, you have the authority of which shares to sell out and which shares to retain.

In winning the Monopoly game, you are obliged to keep your properties before the construction of your houses and hotels. You would lose to your challenger if you sell these properties to him even for twice the normal price of your property. Just like in the stock market, making lots of money does not mean you are successful in what you’re doing. In order for you to win with your stocks, you should be able to double your property to give you a higher dividend of shares.

In playing the board game, you need an opponent to start the game. It’s your opponent’s job to prevent you from owning many properties and collecting large amount of money from him and from the bank. Just like in the stock market game, there are also factors that prevent you from the success of your shares. These don’t necessarily have to be other investors, but it could be the taxes you are obliged to pay or the interest of your stock broker from your dividend.

Playing the game of the stock market could be done even with just a little amount of money. Just like in the board game, all you have to own are colorful play-money for you to own properties and collect more money in the future.

Although the trading system could be compared to the board game, you should take the stock market seriously. Why? Because this is real life and real money is at stake.

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Important questions before invest in the stock market

There are some very important questions here before you decide to invest your money in the stock market.

First of all, which money do you use? We suggest money for your investment is the one that is not used to fulfill the requirement of everyday life. Then which one is that? The answer is your idle money. What is idle money? Idle money is the one that you don't need in the close time and if you utilize it in the stock market will not bother your day to day life.

Then how much is the amount from your idle money? Regarding that, it is of courses that everyone who wants to invest must know the ability of his/her self. Normally we recommend to range from 10 to 20 % from total of your idle money. You don't have to release moreover unless you are very sure that you will get profit from your investment in stock market. Always remember that making investment there having lost probability which is larger than other investment instrument like deposit and saving.

After you decide to make an investment in the stock market remember this important aphorism. “Don't put your eggs in one basket”. Among investor this is a common aphorism especially for you which have ever experienced in stock market investment

Yes, this term is used to depict that in the stock market investment we don't ever put down all of our idle money at one kind of share. However, we better disseminate that into some kinds of share that having different liquidity level and fundamental ability. This is to anticipate if one of your share/ stock degrades and mainly will decrease your investment value.

Thus again before you invest in the stock market remember three things which I have mentioned above:

1. Use your idle money.

2. Maximum amount to invest is 20 % from your idle money

3. Spread your Investment. Don't you ever invest your money only at one stock/ share.

Happy investment and try your luck!

Monday, March 12, 2007

Online Stock Investment Strategy

Wanna Trade? Do It Online!

The first continuous trading on a stock exchange was done in the 17th century in Amsterdam. Prior to this, in 13th century France, product traders used to meet in a house which they later called “Bruges Bourse”. Nowadays, stock markets can be found in most countries but the biggest markets can be found in the United States, Japan, China, and the United Kingdom.

Long before the advent of online stock market investments, trading was done by individual buyers and sellers. These are business persons who do their own trading activities. Later on, as market participants in the stock market increased, stock brokers began to represent individuals and other big firms who are interested to buy stocks.

A wealthy businessman has his own set of stock brokers representing his business interest in the world’s big stock markets. Brokerage houses were then established to cater to the increasing demands of the trend. These big firms are called brokerage houses and examples include Morgan Stanley, Merrill Lynch, and Charles Schwab.

Due to the Internet’s capacity to connect many people from different places at the same time, the process of buying and selling stocks has become faster, easier and less expensive. Online stock market investments have been availed by many investors because of its unique features compared to the traditional stocks trading.

Online stock market investments are easier to do because if a buyer or seller decides to do online trading, he does not have to pay a stock broker anymore. Stock brokers can charge up to as much as $100 per trade, while online stock market brokers can charge as low as $10 per trade.

Online stock market trading allows investors to do all transactions in front of the computer. An online stock market investor can also check and manage with his stock portfolio in real time using a computer. Several online stock trading companies have opened their websites to cater to the demands of their increasing clientele.

Online stock market investing has made the business of trading easier, faster, and cheaper. An investor who does online trading will not need to call his broker to conduct business. All he has to do is go the stock broker’s website and indicate the stocks he wants to buy or sell and these orders will be processed in real time.

These online stock market brokers or stock market websites, as they are called, also contains a lot of additional services in their websites. They can provide online stock market traders with stock market information, and other relevant insights.

Saturday, March 10, 2007

How Not To Fail In Doing Stock Market

Investing money entails a great amount of risk. Like they always say, “It takes money, to make money.”

Money doesn’t grow on trees, you know.

But it doesn’t necessarily mean that to achieve good profits, one has to invest heavily and risk greatly. That is not the case all the time. A well-informed investor can make sound decisions that will help him earn considerable profits with minimal loss.

The first lesson a successful businessman will tell you is that any endeavor carries potential risk along with potential gain. The trick is to determine if the profit is worth the risk. If it is, it is now time to consider if you are willing to take the risk.

So before you start trading, ask yourself this:

a.) What are your achievement goals?

b.) Are your investments going to lose money?

c.) Are you willing to take bigger risks for better profits?

Setting your achievement goals will allow you to know how long you’re willing to wait for a stock to gain profit. It will also give you a limit on how much you’re willing to lose. It will also give you an idea on how to go about investing in a stock.

If you choose a low-return investment, it will mean that either you increase the amount you invest or increase the length of time invested.

After you have made up your mind with the above questions, there are some tips you may want to use to evaluate your trading philosophy.

a.) When to invest. Ordinarily, you want to trade all the time. You get excited when you see shares go up or when they fall down. You make decisions based on a whim and factors that don’t usually affect a stock in the long run. The best traders wait 50% of the time waiting and studying how a stock performs. They do not trade every day and all the time.

b.) Discipline yourself. You are so excited to make trades that you trade on a stock that looks half-decent enough rather than waiting for the best stock to come along.

c.) Small moves big payoffs. Don’t waste time dabbling in so many small stocks with minimal profit. Watch out for big stocks and concentrate on a few.

d.) Do not be too emotional. Making money is exciting. Losing money can get very depressing. Detach yourself from your emotions; otherwise, you won’t be able to look at things objectively.

Trading stocks is a high-risk, high-profit venture. Dabbling in the stock market half-cocked is suicide. Take your time. Study, research and be patient. After all, it’s your money, so it’s your loss.

Friday, March 9, 2007

The Stock Market System

The stock market system is an avenue for the trading of shares of stock of listed corporations. As a corporation is formed, its initial shareholders are able to acquire shares of stock from the point of subscription when a company is created.

When a company starts to be traded to the public, the primary market comes in where those who subscribe to the Initial Public Offering (IPO) takes on the shares of stock sold from point of IPO. When those who bought into a company at IPO point of view decides to sell their shares of stock to other people, they can do so by going to the stock market.

The stock market is a secondary market for securities trading wherein original or secondary holders of a company’s shares of stock can sell their stocks to other individuals within the frame work of the stock market system.

The stock market has buyers of stocks or those who wants to own a part of the company but wasn’t able to do so during the initial public offerings made by the company to the public when it has decided to list itself as a publicly listed company.

The secondary market or the stock market allows other individuals to sell shares of the company when the initial shareholders may have realized that they want to sell their shares after gaining either significant profit or realized significant loss from point of acquiring a company from its IPO price.

As the stock market has developed and progressed over the years, the way shares of stock are transferred from one individual to another has become more complicated and more challenging to be regulated. Technology has aided in providing more efficient ways of transactions. Front and backend solutions are put into place that helps direct the exchange of shares of stock in timely and secure manner.

Public education over how the stock market works is one of the primary concerns of the investing public in order to promote the trading activities of the stock market to other individuals who may also benefit from doing transactions over this secondary type of equities market.

With the abundance of relevant company information on performance of publicly listed companies, this information will help the investors to become more aware of the directions of the companies where they have share of stocks on and this will also aid them in directing their investment strategies.

Wednesday, March 7, 2007

Best Stock Market Investment

Some financial experts say that engaging into a more lucrative but challenging world like investments are not specially made for the faint hearted.

With the economy seemingly riding on a roller-coaster ride, investing with the right stock seems to be next to impossible. However, with the advent of information technology, people from all over the world go crazy over stock market investments. It is because the convenience of information technology had found its place in the world of investments and computing.

Today, stock market investments are selling like hotcakes. It seems that it has always been the focal point of every investor to get a stock no matter what.

So, for those who would want to get the best stock market investment they should look into the following for advice:

1. The stock market is risky business

Generally, most people believe that buying stocks are as easy as 1-2-3. Of course, it can and in fact anybody is capable of doing it. But the problem lies on the fact that few people only know when to sell. And that is, in its greatest sense, the heart of stock market.

So, the best advice for people to get the best stock market investment, it is best not to gamble everything that they have on it, especially if they don’t have a good understanding of how it works. It’s better to loose a little than loose really, really big.

2. The “trailing stop strategy.”

Most experts incorporate this when getting stocks. What they usually do is to “ride” their stocks really high, and maintain an exit strategy in the event that things get out of hand. This is where the liquidity of their investment is extremely vital to one’s business. That is, they should know that whatever liquidity they have can be easily converted into cash.

3. Invest only in what you are comfortable with.

Even if particular investment opportunity, say, an exciting IPO of a big company, looks very attractive, it is a must for every investors not to invest on it if they are not prepared to risk losing their money on it. In this way, people will be able to get the best stock market investment by following this very important advice.

Finally, most stock experts recommend today that people who want to get the best stock market investment should use the every day costs in the stock market investment strategy. It would be better if investors would always carry a handy calculator with them.

The most important thing about stock market investment is not so much to pick the best but to avoid the losers.

Sunday, January 21, 2007

Stock Market For Dummies

"You, the dummy, and the stock market"

Ok, so you want to dabble in the stock market. Unfortunately, you don’t know how and where to begin. So what do you do?

Well, the first relevant thing to do is ask the basic question of what is a stock and its significance.

A stock symbolizes ownership of a company. Some view stock as certificates. So the more stocks a person owns of a particular company, the more of the company they own. And the more the company they own, the bigger the influence they have in running the company. This is called equity investment.

The next thing to do is familiarize yourself with financial terms such as ‘price-earnings ratio’, ‘margin’, ‘option’, ‘earnings per share’ and ‘leverage’.

Then, it’s on to knowing where and how to actually buy stocks.

There are two ways to buy stocks:

1. brokerage service

2. online exchanges (e.g. banks)

Exchanges are services that allow investors to access stocks all over the world. Here, they can buy and sell stocks without the need for a broker. Certain banks allow you to set up your own stock portfolio and buy and sell stocks online using the money you have in these banks.

Brokerage services are rendered by brokers. These middlemen do all the work for you. They research the stock market, give advice, and buy and sell stocks according to the wishes of their clients. These brokers earn a commission from the stocks bought or sold.

Once you have chosen how to buy and sell stocks, the next thing to do is to open an account. As stated earlier, exchanges allow you to monitor and control your stock portfolio personally. If you choose to enter the stock trade with a bank, then ask your bank the specifics of setting up your own account.

If you choose to trade stocks via a broker, find a reputable broker and ask them to open and manage an account for you.

After you have successfully set up an account, it’s time to study the stock market and plan your strategy: will you be conservative in investing your money? Or will you be aggressive? Are you in it for the long term? Or are you a day trader?

After you have identified your plan, it’s time to do some research on the stocks offered in the market. Having a broker will significantly make it easier for you as they will do the research and give you advice. But, it is still best to study the market yourself.

Be warned though, the stock market is volatile. Be prepared for a roller-coaster ride.

Monday, January 15, 2007

How To's of Stock Market Trading

Stock is ownership in a company. Each share of stock represents a small piece of ownership. The more shares a person holds, the more part of the company he owns. The more part of the company a person owns translates to more dividends he earns when the company profits.

A stock market is a market for the trading of publicly held company stock as well as associated financial instruments such as stock options and stock index futures. On the other hand, stock market trading is the buying or selling securities or commodities specifically in the stock market.

There are two basic methods of doing stock market trading. Traditionally, stock markets where open-outcry where trading happened on the stock exchange floor. The more modern way of doing stock trading is through electronic exchanges where everything occurs online real-time.

Stock market trading via the exchange floor could not look any more chaotic. When the stock market is open, hundreds of people are seen rushing about, shouting and gesturing to each another on the exchange floor. Traders are also often seen talking on phones, keeping a close eye on the consoles and entering data into terminals.

Online stock market trading moves the trading off the floors and more into the networks. The electronic market employs a vast network of computers to match buyers and sellers instead of human brokers. While lacking the excitement of the usual stock market exchange floor, it is faster and more efficient. Investors frequently get an almost instant confirmation on any trades done.

How does stock market trading work? Be it on the chaotic stock market exchange floor or electronically, one needs to get an investment broker first.

For traditional exchange floor trading, after asking a broker to buy a certain number of shares at the market, the broker’s order department sends this order to the clerk on the floor. The clerk alerts a trader who finds another trader who is willing to sell the shares the investor requested. The two traders agree on a price for the stocks and close the deal.

Notification is sent back the same way until the broker calls the investor to inform him of the final price. This process may take a while depending on the market and stocks. Days later, the investor receives the confirmation mail.

The electronic counterpart is less complicated because the stock buying and selling are matched by the computers in real-time. And the investors get instant updates on what happens to his stock trade.

Stock Market Basics

The stock market is a complicated game. In order for you to succeed in this business, learning the basics of the trade would be an important factor for your financial growth.

Before risking your money with the stock market, you should be able to recognize the factors vital in choosing which company to invest in. Here are the basics in learning some facts about the company:

1) Revenue. This refers to the amount of money the company makes. Although some companies that are still in the early development stage have no revenues to offer, many of the companies that have been in the market for years make use of the revenues to cover some losses and other costs.

2) Earnings. This refers to the money the company makes. Aside from revenues, the earnings are the money that would not be used in covering expenses. These are the extra money the company makes. Companies with large earning have an advantage in the stock market because investors examine the earnings made by the company they are about to buy stocks on.

3) Debt. This refers to the money the company owes in many ways. Because the company is in debt, the money they have is for paying up for the debit alone. Buying stocks from these companies would be risky because of the instability of the company.

4) Property. This refers to all the assets (money, stocks, and all businesses they own) of the company. Knowing these assets could give you an understanding of the company’s position in the industry. If the companies have significant properties in their hands, you could safely trust their background and immediately buy some of their stocks.

5) Financial responsibility. This refers to the account of the companies that they need to pay out. Meaning, if the value of their financial obligations are low, the company is not in danger of becoming in debt. Examining the company’s liabilities and comparing it with its assets could help in determining if you are ready to buy stocks from them. Make sure that the assets of the companies are always higher than the financial responsibilities they need to make.

It’s never safe to gamble your money away on some company you don’t even know. The basics of the stock market lie on the companies’ background. Make sure you research to ensure your money is in the right hands.

Saturday, January 13, 2007

How Stock Market Investments Work

People hear about the stock market every day. Each time the stock market hits a high, or a low, people hear about them. Daily statements are also issued about the activities of the stock market and its relevant economic implications. But what really is a stock market? What are stocks? And why is it that people want to do stock market investments?

The stock market is the marketplace where the trading of company stocks happen. These stocks may either be the securities which are listed on the stock exchange or those which are traded in a private manner. Stock market investments allow companies and private individuals to get a share of ownership in large corporations. It is also a way of gathering large sums of investment capital which is difficult to produce if the business is solely-owned. The large capital then comes from the stock market investments.

Stocks are shares of a company or business which gets on sale in the stock market. Stock market investment happens when a person buys a share of a company’s stocks that were put on sale in the stock market. For example, a businessman decides to sell his business in the stock market. Each stock market investment is represented by the person who buys his share of stocks. When this happens, any person who buys stocks in the businessman’s company will have an equal share of profits by the end of the year, and an equal vote in the company’s business decisions.

In the past, stock market investments were done by individual buyers and sellers. Through time, however, this has changed and the market participants evolved from individual investors to large corporations. This change in the activities of stock market investment has also helped to control movements in the market.

To encourage stock market investments, a business that wishes to sell its stocks to individuals and corporations could only do so if it becomes a corporation. Individual capital investors and big corporations who buy a number of shares of a business or a corporation are then called shareholders. Shareholders are the owners of the new incorporated business. Their stock market investments gave them the authority to claim ownership of the business. These people can now decide whether to privately or publicly hold their corporation.

In a privately held company, the shareholders are few and probably know one another. Their stock market investments are known to each other. The publicly held company, however, is owned by a large number of people who do stock market investments on the public stock exchange.

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Stock Market Investment Strategy

Strategic Moves on Stock Market Investment

Stock market investment is a risky stance, but it should not stop any aspiring investor from taking the first step. The choice to make the stock market endeavor succeed lies upon the investor.

1. Knowledge

A wise investor would only delve into stock market investment upon being apprised with the necessary and crucial information. It is a must to invest on companies only upon learning everything about it, from its past records, current performance and future plans.

Stock market investment advice should be sought considering the difficulty of locating that right stock that will give big returns. The investor must fully know the fundamental value of the stock he or she will buy.

Invest in a company which belongs to a familiar industry. The stock market investor must have a good understanding of the business in order to realize more the value of the stocks. This will also make the investor less dependent to analysts and advisers.

The sources of information to rely upon must be carefully chosen too. Tips offered in the market should be avoided as much as possible. These are usually given by people with vested interests.

2. Long-term goal

An important consideration in stock market investment is setting a long-term goal. The long-term goal would determine the approaches to be taken and influence the decisions to be made.

The adherence to that goal would ensure regularity in instances of indecision when the stock market gyration comes to play. It would avoid whimsical decisions adversely disturbing the finances. A long-term goal could result to a more stable financial future through steady purchases investments. The key word here is consistency.

3. Calculated Risks

There are risks in any business endeavors. However, this must be calculated to minimize the probability of loss and to increase the expectation of profits. Speculating is not an option.

Never gamble and risk losing big money in the stock market. Investments should not rake in huge losses. It is easy to buy stocks, but money lost would be difficult to gain back. One cannot afford costly mistakes.

The established system in realizing the long-term goal must be strictly followed then. This will reduce the probability of putting too much money just to incur big losses.

5. Discipline

To make the most of the stock market investment, the investor himself must possess the proper determination and discipline to continually persevere in realizing the long-term goals set.

Stock market investment today requires passion and courage to come out as a winner. The stock market gives the opportunities; all that is required of the investor is being prudent.

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Stock Market Crash Course

Stock market is like a market place for businessmen. In a public market, goods are sold to the public. In a stock market however, stocks are sold to the public. Company stocks are sold in the form of shares. The more shares a person buys in a company, the higher his or her stocks are for that particular company.

The stock market consists of the primary market and the secondary market. Primary market is where companies raise finances for their operating expenses by selling shares to investors. The secondary are investors who buy and sell those shares to other investors. Their decisions are constantly based on changing market conditions.

A stock market is like an auction house. It is a systematic method of buying and selling. In a stock market though, it is a common sight to see people shouting and gesturing at one another.

The buying and selling of stocks begins in different places. If a person decides to purchase stocks in a particular company, a broker is contacted. This broker in turn takes the money of the investor and coordinates with a floor broker at the stock exchange. Usually a floor broker works for the broker or with the company selling the stocks.

At the stock exchange, floor brokers purchase the stock that the investor wants. When a deal is consummated, it is made known to a broker and the investor becomes a stockholder of the company.

That investor may decide to sell the stock. This is usually done when the price per share has gone up. This entails profit for the investor. For example, if a person bought 100 shares at $20.00 per share and the price increased to $25.00, selling those 100 shares results in $500.00 profit.

The economic principle of supply and demand is the driving force of the stock market. The number of shares of stocks that are open to the public dictates the supply and the number of shares that investors want affects the demand.

Movement of stocks in a certain market causes the constant changes in the prices of stocks.

For example, if most people believe that the economy is growing, they would buy more stocks. But if the economy is in a downfall, their tendency is to sell their stocks.

Many businessmen choose to make a long term investment in the stock market. There are instances where stocks decrease in value causing a stockholder to lose money. The stock market does not guarantee profit. The better a person is in reacting to the changes at the stock exchange; the better his chances are for profit.