Stock Market Investments
If there is one term over-used when talking about makinginvestments in the stock market I would think that termwould be: buy low, sell high.
Buy low? Sell high? How low is low and how high is high? Ilike the term buy low, sell dear, much better! But betterstill are the terms buy and hold, and dollar-cost-averaging(buying the same stock at different prices through theyears). For within those two stock market terms, in myopinion, lies the path for successful stock marketinvestments.
For me, if a buy and hold strategy is used, then I want tobe paid for using it, and if a dollar-cost-averagingstrategy is used, I don't want to be charged commissionfees for the future dollar-cost-averaging purchases....
No Load Mutual Funds or Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs)?
If you are fed up with early redemption charges and ever increasing mutual fund management fees on top of bad-performing fund managers, read on. There is a quiet revolution going on in the no-load mutual fund industry and you, the individual investor, may benefit from it greatly.
I am referring to Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs), which have been around for years, but have grown tremendously since their inception. There are currently over 100 choices with around $10 billion in assets.
In a nutshell, an ETF is a specific kind of no-load mutual fund that you might consider to be a basket of stocks....
Long-Term Investment In Todays Market?
So, would you also like to know what is the best way to borrow money at today's low rates without spending it? Buy real estate. Not any real estate but real estate that will hold its value, even if single family houses go down. It is apartment buildings. Because apartment rents are still going up, the value of apartment buildings have the best chance of appreciating while everything else goes down.
Low interest rates mean that you can have a positive cash flow at real estate purchase prices you would have lost your shirt on, even two years ago....
Stock and Fund Dividends
When is a dividend not a dividend?
The latest thing "conservative"brokers are preaching these days is to buy stocksthat pay dividends. Everyone likes dividends. Iknow I do, but when Wall Street tells me somethingI am automatically suspicious because they lie tome every day. Is this a new scam? Let's take alook.
When you buy a bond or a CD at thebank it pays interest and is a real dividend. Youmight get a check every month, quarter or annuallyor receive a credit to your account. The amount ofyour principle (what you paid for it) remains thesame....
8 Penny Stocks to Avoid
There are many good penny stock investments available, which could turn a small amount of capital into a small fortune very quickly. However, to discover these you need to know what to look for and what to avoid. When searching for that one big payoff, steer clear of the following examples.
The Phone Salesman - Anyone who is attempting to sell you investments over the phone should be considered an enemy. They have high-pressure sales tactics, and effective, believable arguments. However, they are not doing you any favors, no matter how good they make an investment sound....
Analysts - Do They Really Know The Stock Market?
When you become interested in a stockor mutual fund you can call your broker and hewill send you reports on how the company is doing, what their management is like and what might bethe projected earnings for the company and how theindustry is doing. Great information.
You will apply yourself to this moundof papers to determine if you want to buy theequity. You might also send for more reports fromindependent analysts such as Morningstar. You willbecome buried in papers. That is what thebrokerage company wants....
Two for the Money
Look back over the years and try to remember how many different stocks and mutual funds you have owned. Suppose you had owned only 2 different equities during that entire time. One when the market was going up and the other when the market was going down.
And you always make money in both directionsprobably doubling your money every 4 to 5 years.
You don't believe it. Follow along and I willprove YOU can do it.
You are not going to buy any stock; you arenot going to have any short positions. Both are toovolatile and shorting is too dangerous....
So, What is This Stock Market Thing Anyway?
We've all heard of the stock market and probably have a general idea of what it is and how it works either from high school economics classes, television financial reports, and the countless film depictions of what happens on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. But how does it really work and what is meant by "playing the stock market?"
The Stock Market in a Nutshell
Companies sell shares of stock as a means of raising capital. For example, let's say that the XYZ corporation, makers of the finest whatsidoos and thingamabobs in the country, wants to open a new factory....
Today we are inundated with tons of information about the economy, stocks, government agencies and foreign governments. They show us charts and graphs of the increase/decrease in oil production over the last 5 years, the amount of maple syrup produced in Vermont for the past century, the time it takes to bounce a signal off the moon and all kinds of other nonsense that we can live without. The talking heads on the investment programs, both radio and TV, tell us how this is going to affect the price of certain stocks and the market in general....
Big Buildings Can Mean Big Economic Disaster
AS BUILDERS BEGIN WORK ON THE FREEDOM TOWER in New York City, to be the world's tallest building, economist Mark Thornton offers a history-based theory of the relation between super-buildings and the economy. Thornton surveyed economic performance worldwide following the completion of each of the world's tallest skyscrapers, and suggests what these events foretell.
Thornton cites example after example to back up his theory. His conclusions may surprise readers, but are based on historical evidence....
The I Word is Coming to a Town Near You
Hello Inflation, it has been awhile, I see you on your way back again. Inflation? What inflation? Oh things like; Energy, diesel fuel, Aviation Fuel, Gasoline, Natural Gas, Milk, Wheat, Corn, Beef, Poultry, Hogs, Soy Beans, Building materials, paper, housing, Auto Prices, Health Care, Insurance, etc. You know the basics. Also considering the wholesale inflation, which comes from fuel costs being passed on, government regulations infringing on productivity and additional fees and fines to replace the taxes and incentives....
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