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Jan
08

Your best Stock Market Investment

It has long been said, and not without justification, ,that stock market investment is not for the faint hearted and when you take into account the fact that many investors over the years have lost everything it is not difficult to see why.

With the economy seemingly in a constant volatile state it might seem that investing in the right stocks and shares would be an impossible task to do accurately. However, since the invention of the computer, modern information technology has make stock market investment much easier to access by people from anywhere in the world. It has also facilitated the task of research which is an important part of any stock market investment especially as your money will be riding on all stocks selected for purchase.

Today, more than ever, stock market investments seem to be enjoying an all time high but it is as well to remember that fortunes can be lost easier than won. So, for those who would like to get the very best out of their stock market investments, the following advice may prove to be helpful.

1. Investing in the stock market carries inherent risk: It is generally believed that there is nothing difficult about buying stocks and, of course, this is quite true. But just buying is not dealing and so the next part of the operation is to sell your stock at a profit and this is where the problems actually start. If you wish to make a profit then you have to wait until the value of the stock begins to rise and, once this happens, to then know at which point to sell for a profit. If you sell too soon you will miss some extra profit but if you wait too long then you may lose out completely should a downturn fall to below your purchase price. In the early days and until you have more experience it is best to be restrained with your outlay – better to lose a little rather than a lot. This is good stock market investment strategy.

2. The ‘trailing stop strategy’: The most experienced investors incorporate this when getting stocks. This involves ‘riding’ their stocks high whilst maintaining an exit strategy should things begin to deteriorate. This is where liquidity plays a vital role in their investment as this liquidity can be easily converted to cash should the need arise.

3. Never invest more than you can comfortably afford: This really just boils down to common sense; it is quite easy to get carried away should a stock market investment look like a really good buy. However it is wise to always remember that there is always the risk of losing ones money so enthusiasm should always be tempered with judgment and restraint. In this way your best stock market investment will not turn out to be a catastrophe.

To sum up, the best advice is to always approach each investment with caution, do the groundwork with regard to research and company background and use an amount of purchasing capital that you are comfortable with and which you can afford to lose. If you heed this advice you will avoid falling into the ‘gambling’ state of mind which can happen all to easily and which has bankrupted many in the past. Read all you can about stocks and shares, take a few instruction courses (which are readily available) and you will find that your best stock market investment can become a reality.

Saving vs Investment

Traditionally, saving has been viewed as quite different from investing. In most savings alternatives, the initial amount of capital or cash remains constant, earning guaranteed rates of interest.

The capital value of investments can go up or down. Returns are not guaranteed. However, creation of money market funds and deregulation of the banking industry have resulted in a variety of savings options that earn variable rates of return.

Savings provide funds for emergencies and for making specific purchases in the relatively near future (generally within two years). The primary goal is to store funds and keep them safe. This is why savings are generally placed in interest-bearing accounts that are safe (such as those insured or guaranteed by the federal government) and liquid (those in the form of cash or easily changed into cash on short notice with minimal or no loss). However, these generally have low yields. Because of the opportunities for earning a higher return with a relatively small pool of funds, some financial experts suggest that savers consider slightly higher risk (but liquid) alternatives for at least part of their savings.

Saved money is insurance. It is insurance against risk, against losing your job, against having a major unexpected repair bill or medical expense in the family. It is the backbone of you and your family’s financial well-being. Saved money grants you financial security. And the more you save, the more financial secure and independent you will be.

The goal of investing is generally to increase net worth and work toward long-term goals. Investing involves risk. Risk of your stocks losing money, or even going bankrupt (Enron, MCI, the airlines, etc. etc.). Risk of interest rates rising, and bond prices falling. Risks of your broker swindled you, or coerced you though his sales pitch to buy speculative investments. Risks of the economy. Risks of a particular industry. Risk of losing your principal. Risk of losing it all, and then some (such as with margin calls).

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