Friday, February 20, 2009

Sustaining The Future Of Your Stock’s Market

After investing your money into the stock market, it doesn’t mean that it has a life on its own and it would generate lots of money every month. Of course, you are the most important factor in the success of your investment.

Whether you are the stock broker or you buy your stocks individually, it is important to be aware of the correct timing in making use of your money. Here are some few tips that could maintain the money you are making from the stock market and prevent future losses:

* Stock listings. For your investments to grow rapidly, you should have your own lists of the companies you have bought shares on. With this listing, you would be able to check up the profit each company is earning every month. Thus, making your money assured from losses.

* Proper timing. Knowing the general market’s condition would play a vital role in the profiting and losing of your money. Although you have invested on a company with stable earning sales, you are still not safe from losing your money. When the market moves into an opposite direction, you would not be making earnings. It is now your decision to buy or sell your stocks.

Note: Never be too attached with investments. Remember that stock market is a game that needs high mental capacity and less emotional burdens. Meaning, you should begin to move on when you have been proven wrong with your timing. Accept your losses and try winning your money back.

* Buying and selling. If you have lost money from the companies you have invested on, don’t fret. It is still in your hands whether you would continue to trust the company’s competence or not. Many brokers advice that cutting down the losses in your list of stocks is significant for the future of your investment.

When buying for new stocks, it is sensible to test the stocks first by investing a smaller amount of money. By doing this, you would be able to analyze the market condition and if losses occur, it wouldn’t be too much of a load in your part.

* Balance. To know which stocks are suitable to buy, you should observe the price, volume, and daily highs and lows in the environment of the stock market. By doing so, you would be able to know the market trends and analyze your prospect companies.

For your stocks to provide you with high ROI, know the environment and trust your judgment in deciding the right timing to buy and sell. By doing this, you would ensure that the future of your investment would be in safe hands.

By : Mohamed Rabea

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Stock Market Speculation or Gambling. What is the Difference?

The art of speculating in one form or another has been around forever in stock market world.

When it comes to speculating, there are always three things that you can be sure of – there will be always people willing to speculate, there will always be people who will love to play the game with the first group. Lastly history can be counted on to repeat itself.

Sure the object of speculation may change, the rules may change and the technology may change. But in the end it is always the same.

However what has happened before is 100 % sure to happen again. You can count on it. Everyone thinks always that they are so original when it always the same story again and again. Whether it is tulip bulbs, precious metals, mutual funds, lottery tickets or penny stocks human nature is human nature.

Ignorance, greed, fear and hope determine how people react and thus how prices move and markets behave. People have speculated on everything at one time or another,

For the last hindered years and certainly into the foreseeable future speculating on stock prices offers liquidity combined with legitimacy and purpose. Stock speculation, trading and investing have become an essential and vital parts of both our economy and our lives.

Trading is just another word for speculating and investing is nothing more than speculating, except that it supposedly encompasses a longer time horizon and for some odd reason implies less risk. Speculators speculate, trader’s trade and investors invest to make money. Traders buy stock or any other object of speculation because they anticipate a price appreciation.

Speculation and gambling are similar, with a few important distinctions. One difference is the perception, sometimes true, that successful speculators profit due to their skill or an unseen advantage, while gamblers prosper due to chance or luck.

Remember though that it may not happen to you but in the end given enough time or chances the odds will always prevail. The casinos in Atlantic City and Las Vegas were not built with winner’s money.

Another distinction is that gambling in most forms has been illegal (at least until government got involved and changed the rules in their favor) while speculation plays an essential role in our markets and thus our economy.

These important distinctions make speculating which indeed is what our investment industry purveys as an accepted occupation – indeed one with one prestige and gamblers not being accepted in the same light.

Whether a gambler, a trader or a speculator, in all cases the attraction is the same – the chance to make a lot of money in a hurry. It is the immediate gratification of the win that makes these games irresistible - an opiate of sorts.

Indeed problem gamblers have been compared to alcoholics in needing that rush which gives them such pleasure and serves amazingly to release endorphins to relax their troubled minds.

On top of that the unpredictability of the wins serves to even reinforce this addictive behavior.

Not far off of the methods of B.F. Skinner and the rats of operant conditioning fame.

Indeed some people will tell you that “it will almost always end with crying!”

By : Amy Goodmann
Senior Investment Analyst
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