Title: How To Build A Fortune In The Stock Market: 5 Questions Every Investor Needs To Ask Of Their Investment Strategy

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Every investor’s investment strategy should adequately address the following five questions:

(1) What specific stocks will I buy?

(2) When should I buy these stocks?
(3) How should I buy these stocks?
(4) When should I sell these stocks?
(5) How should I sell these stocks?

In addition, the answers for questions #2, #3, #4, and #5 should vary depending upon the different components of an individual’s stock portfolio. If the answers for questions #2 , #3. #4, and #5…

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Every investor’s investment strategy should adequately address the following five questions:

(1) What specific stocks will I buy?

(2) When should I buy these stocks?
(3) How should I buy these stocks?
(4) When should I sell these stocks?
(5) How should I sell these stocks?

In addition, the answers for questions #2, #3, #4, and #5 should vary depending upon the different components of an individual’s stock portfolio. If the answers for questions #2 , #3. #4, and #5 exhibit no variance, then the risk profile for all stocks in the portfolio will be the same, an undesirable trait.

There is a very good reason why people that try to mimic the portfolios of very wealthy successful investors never can achieve nearly the same success as the investors they mimic. The reason is that they can only answer one piece of the above 5-part investment puzzle– the question of what to buy. In fact, I could open up my portfolio to investment novices, show them all the stocks I own now, and out of 1,000 novices, all of them would have an extremely difficult time duplicating my future returns. In fact, it’s entirely plausible that investors would lose significant amounts of money on the very same stocks that would produce my largest gains.

Why?

Again, understanding a complete investment system will determine portfolio returns, not just knowing what to buy.

Why Most Investment Firms’ Strategies Fail to Adequately Address the 5 Questions

The evolution of job titles for investment professionals from broker to financial consultant to financial advisor is ironic, because the original title, for the great majority of employees in this industry, is by far the most accurate. Most financial consultants are nothing more than brokers that broker the money you give to them. They serve as middlemen between you and the money managers hired by the firm, and are so interchangeable with one another that a retail investor’s portfolio returns are not likely to vary significantly from one consultant to another at the same firm.

Back when I worked as a “broker” at a Wall Street firm, I remember hearing a story about a very successful (meaning high-income earner) financial consultant that bought nothing but exchange traded funds (ETFs) for his clients. His rational for doing so was four-fold.

(1) Mutual fund expenses were too high (true);

(2) Expenses on ETFs were low (true);

(3) The overwhelming majority of money managers can’t beat the performance of the major domestic indexes (true); and

(4) Therefore, ETFs were the best way to invest for his client (false).

Global investment firms never train their brokers how to be superior stock pickers. They train them how to be superior salespeople. So in concluding that allocating entire portfolios solely to ETFs was the absolute best possible strategy for his clients, this particular consultant’s logic was erroneous. The consultant drew this conclusion solely based upon his foundation of investment knowledge, one primarily filled with investment sales strategies. In fact, though I was never able confirm this, I heard many anecdotal stories that this particular financial consultant was able to outperform the vast majority of financial consultants at the firm with his “I will only buy ETFs” strategy.

Though I wouldn’t be surprised if this were true, the fact that this particular consultant was able to gather so many clients based on such a faulty strategy was a remarkable statement about the average investor’s knowledge of how to build wealth. To me, as unknowledgeable as financial consultants are about proper wealth building strategies (given their constant diet of investment sales strategies), this proves that the average retail investor, even those with millions of investable assets, are far less knowledgeable.

In conclusion, every retail investor should thus utilize the 5 questions of building wealth to determine if his or her investment strategy is faulty or strong. With any strong investment strategy, all 5 questions will be relevant. Own a faulty investment strategy and most likely, one or more of the 5 questions will be irrelevant. And the faultiness of the strategy no doubt will be manifested in weak returns. To illustrate how the 5 questions of building wealth will “out” any poor investment strategy, let’s take a look at a couple of examples. Let’s start with two different portfolios, one primarily built around ETFs; the other primarily built around Mutual Funds.

(1)What Specific Stocks Should I Buy?

Neither the Mutual Fund or ETF strategy can answer this question, so you don’t even need to ask the final four questions to know that neither of these strategies will help you build wealth.

How about a portfolio that consists of all individual Chinese stocks? This portfolio passes question #1, the question of what specific stocks to buy. Next, if we drill down to see how this portfolio was constructed, the portfolio manager’s answers to questions #2 and #3 – “When were these stocks bought and why?” and “How were these stocks bought and why?” – will reveal whether or not the portfolio was indeed constructed solidly.

Finally the portfolio manager’s answers to questions #4 and #5 – “How will these stocks be sold and why?” and “When will these stocks be sold and why?” will reveal if strategies are in place to lock in profits or minimize potential losses. However, remember the earlier point I made in this article: “the answers for questions #2, #3, #4, and #5 should vary depending upon the different components of an individual’s stock portfolio.” Most likely for a portfolio built on stocks that trade in a frothy, emerging market, there will be little variance in the answers for questions #2, #3, #4 and #5. This lack of variance again would expose the weakness of this investment strategy.

Although just a rough guide, the 5 questions should provide you a quick way to establish the intelligence and strength of your current investment strategy.

Title: How Not To Buy Stocks – Do These And You Are Sure To Lose Money

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If only I had read an article like this before I dived into the world of stock investing. I must say, three years ago I knew absolutely nothing about how to buy stocks. Of course, through that experience I learned several ways on how to buy stocks and lose money.

Buy stocks without doing research – I joined a discount brokerage and went shopping for stocks right away. I had no clue what I was supposed to look for so I just picked random names I liked and bought a few share…

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If only I had read an article like this before I dived into the world of stock investing. I must say, three years ago I knew absolutely nothing about how to buy stocks. Of course, through that experience I learned several ways on how to buy stocks and lose money.

Buy stocks without doing research – I joined a discount brokerage and went shopping for stocks right away. I had no clue what I was supposed to look for so I just picked random names I liked and bought a few shares here and there of each.

I must admit, I thought I was doing quite well. I mean, some of the stocks I picked ended up doing alright, but the majority of them when no where fast. So if you want to make sure you fail at buying stocks, skip the research.

Don’t Consider the Trading Fees – Learning how to buy stocks the wrong way is easy when you don’t consider trading fees. I must admit, when I joined the discount brokerage I was really excited about their $4 trades. What I forgot to calculate was the math.

I was investing an average of $10 per stock when I bought them. Shelling out $4 for a $10 piece of stock meant I was losing 40% right up front each time. When I decided to sell the stock I had to pay another $15 just to sell! You can see where I am going with this, it can turn into quite a fiasco.

Don’t Diversify – The surefire method for how to buy stocks the wrong way is to buy a single stock and nothing else. Throw all your nest egg into one company. I mean, so many people do it, especially in their companies at work. What is in your company 401K?

Having all your eggs in one basket sets you up for quite a roller coaster, except there is no safety rails on this ride. You could easily lose everything.

Buy High and Sell Low – The market is fickle so if you want to set yourself up for failure, go with the masses. I admit, it is very tempting to see a stock going higher and higher and yet… higher again.

This makes people want to buy it more, increasing its demand and running the price up even higher. This is great right?

Sure, it can be sometimes, but if the stock is overvalued you are really learning how to buy stock the wrong way with this purchase.

To buy stocks the wrong way, sell the stock as soon as the price dips some. Even if the company is solid. Following the herd is a great way to go down the wrong path.

Hold On To a Losing Stock To Try and “Break Even” – I bought a popular stock for $63 a share, not too long later it dropped into the $40 range.

The research showed the company was not doing so well, but I wanted to at least get my purchase price back. I mean, it is sure to bounce back up right?

Fast forward a few weeks and it was in the $30 range. Dang, I should have sold it at $40 when I had the chance. Well, I am going to at least wait until it gets back into the $40 range before I sell it.

Fast forward… it is below $20 a share now. Keeping a stock when both the price and the company are going downhill is a sure way to learn how to buy stocks the wrong way.

Avoid Learning The Right Ways – If you really want to learn how to buy stocks the wrong way through the school of hard knocks, make sure not to discover the right ways.

However, if after reading this article you decide you want to learn how to make some money with stocks the right way visit http://www.howtobuystocks.thebestreview.net/

Title: How Does The Price Of Oil Affect The Stock Market?

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Ever since the price of crude oil started growing there has been talk about the price of oil affecting the share market and your investments. Now if you think about it logically it does sound like it would make an affect. If it costs a company more to run the company because oil prices are changing then it sounds like it would affect the share price. Same goes for the idea that people will be less or more likely top purchase shares in a company that has something to do with o…

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Ever since the price of crude oil started growing there has been talk about the price of oil affecting the share market and your investments. Now if you think about it logically it does sound like it would make an affect. If it costs a company more to run the company because oil prices are changing then it sounds like it would affect the share price. Same goes for the idea that people will be less or more likely top purchase shares in a company that has something to do with oil. So for instance would you invest in a company which sold hose sockets if you were in a draught? However is this theory about crude oil price affecting the share market actually real?

The rational behind this theory is that because many companies freight their products, they have to pay more to transport the products when price of oil goes up so does the transportation cost. This of course drives up the price of the product. So if the company wants to keep the price of their product at the same level, there will be less corporate profit and the share prices will go down after that. Makes sense right? Well maybe not!

Companies do tend to put up the price of their product or service if the price of providing it goes up. So the profit margin will stay at approximately the same. However if the mood of the population, and in particular the stock market investor population, changes about the product the industry might suffer.

Yes global events that affect the price of products like oil (think about Hurricane Katrina) do affect the investment mood. When there is a massive climb or dip people and investment companies tend not to change their portfolio around too much. But however when something grows in price over time people is less likely to react. We all know that the price of oil is growing but it is not like when a major event happens.

Straight after an event occurs fear spreads like wildfire. One person’s fear turns into the fear of an entire investment industry. So no one buys or trades, but there are generally lots of people selling. So there is no actual understanding of what is going on. Once the environment calms down so does the market.

So yes in massive bombs the price of oil will affect the price of shares. But in a long term growth situation it won’t matter. The price of oil has almost quadrupled over the last five years. But has the price of shares?

Not really because oil has become an even more precious commodity people want it even more. And owning shares in an oil company will give you that piece of Texas gold that you have been craving. So the price of oil shares hasn’t really changed, and if it has it has grown.

So if we know that market changes will affect the share price because of the mood of people buying and selling shares we can predict the change. If you feel a change in mood, it is almost certain that there will be change in market. So you can sell, but there also is a chance that the price will raise again after too long.

Title: Historic Stock Prices – What Can You Learn From The Stock Market’s History?

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With the popularity of the stock market today, many people are wondering about the historic stock prices and what that signals for future investments. Here’s a brief synopsis of the general trend of the market since it’s inception, and the method you should use to invest your money in the future.

The stock market has historically averaged a 12% overall increase each year. This is obviously very good when compared to the return you’d get from putting your money in the bank …

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With the popularity of the stock market today, many people are wondering about the historic stock prices and what that signals for future investments. Here’s a brief synopsis of the general trend of the market since it’s inception, and the method you should use to invest your money in the future.

The stock market has historically averaged a 12% overall increase each year. This is obviously very good when compared to the return you’d get from putting your money in the bank or a long term savings bond.

Therefore, you can look at these historic stock prices and conclude that just throwing your money into a mutual fund is a wise long term choice. Actually, nothing could be further form the truth.

You see, there is a lot of misinformation on investing today. Since the stock market has historically averaged a 12% rate of return on investment, many people view mutual funds as good investments. This is because mutual funds spread out their holdings, and will tend to mirror the market as a whole.

Actually, this can be disaster. Many people have lost small fortunes by keeping their investments a mutual fund long term, and here’s why.

Lets’ say you’ve been investing money in a mutual fund for years and years, and it’s paid off nicely for you with a 12% return. However, you never know when the next stock market crash is going to come.

Here’s something many investors don’t know-people are required to start taking their money out of their 401K once they reach 70. With the tremendous amount of baby boomers set to retire, you combine that with the fact that the vast majority will be taking out a substantial amount of money to live on, and the stock market could very well be headed for the biggest crash in history.

We are likely still a few years off from this potential catastrophe, but it’s coming in a hurry. Therefore, if you have your money tied up in a mutual fund when this crash occurs, you can literally lose a whole lifetime’s worth of investment with one fell swoop. This has happened to many people who were told their money was secure in a mutual fund, and it can easily happen to you.

The bottom line, don’t trust others with your finances. Do your own research, become financially educated, and you will be able to spot hidden opportunities that the vast majority of others miss out on.

While the historic stock prices have generally show good rates of return, it doesn’t take much to wipe out a whole portfolio. Make sure you know what to look for when you enter the exciting world of investing.

Title: Great Profits Can Be Made From Forex And Stocks And Shares

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Forex is more risky than the stock market but nearly 12,500,000 people in the United States today own common stock.

This fact, so briefly stated, is of first-rank importance. For it summarizes one of the profound and far-reaching shifts in American social and economic life in the twentieth century. Never before in our history have so many of us owned so much of the nation’s industrial wealth, so much of its productive capacity, so much of its profit potential.

In the mi…

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Forex is more risky than the stock market but nearly 12,500,000 people in the United States today own common stock.

This fact, so briefly stated, is of first-rank importance. For it summarizes one of the profound and far-reaching shifts in American social and economic life in the twentieth century. Never before in our history have so many of us owned so much of the nation’s industrial wealth, so much of its productive capacity, so much of its profit potential.

In the minds of most, the stock market was a vast trap for the unwary. Like all public images, this was inexact, but not without a basis in reason. Time and again in the tumultuous capital expansion of the nation that began after the Civil War, small investors had been whipsawed in the market struggles of the tycoons, and panics and depressions had shrivelled their bright dreams of prosperity. Sober citizens were appalled by the insanity of the rampant speculation of the Twenties. Everybody knew someone who had been scorched in the holocaust of the Crash, and those who were not wiped out were nonetheless inclined to blame Wall Street for the depression which followed.

For most people, capital investment meant buying a home. If there was anything left over, it went into insurance and the savings bank.

The myth died slowly. Recovery from the depression consumed most of the Thirties. The Second World War lasted until the middle Forties. Throughout this period, the stock market continued to do business at the old stand, but at a greatly reduced volume. Reflecting the times, it pulled itself back uphill to a respectable peak in 1936, considerably short of the 1929 summit, but still the highest point since the Crash. It dropped sharply in the 1937 recession, staggered up and down uncertainly for several years, and then retreated under the impact of the war. From 1942 on, however, despite occasional setbacks such as the 1957 recession, the trend has been steadily upward.

The nation emerged from the war hardly conscious of how greatly the basic economy had changed. Production for war had forced a gigantic expansion of industrial plant, much of it with the aid of Government funds. High tax rates and controlled profits encouraged further investment in facilities. And liberal post-war settlements enabled corporations to buy Government-built plants cheaply or to depreciate them quickly, thereby reducing or eliminating what might otherwise have been a burden of long-term debt. The net result was a stupendous increase in the book value—in the fundamental assets—of a great number of companies.

Furthermore, consumer wants were ravenous. Having gone without for five years, Americans were ready to buy everything in sight. Industry, untouched by so much as a single enemy bomb, was able to convert swiftly to peacetime production. The boom began. New automobiles, new houses, new electrical appliances began to fill up the empty spaces in American lives. And with these familiar, much-missed items came new ones, virtually undreamed of before the war: television, hi-fi, sports cars, antibiotics, tranquilizers, frozen foods, synthetic fibbers and fabrics, plastics, electronics, and—for the on-rushing future—peacefully applied atomic energy. Radio Corporation of America announced that four-fifths of its current sales volume derived from products that were non existent a decade before. By the Fifties, economists were estimating that more than a third of the nation’s gross national product—the total value of all its goods and services—was due to research and development of the past ten years.

Many elements have combined to bring this about. Until the end of World War II in 1945, stock ownership was for all practical purposes the privilege of the well to do. Only the man of wealth could afford to buy stock in significant amounts. Only the man with surplus funds could afford to ride out market slumps and the temporary loss of income and value. And only the few initiates were really educated and informed about the behaviour of markets and the ground rules of investment.

Now the Forex is just as accessible to ordinary investors just as stocks and shares are to investors.

It is essential to get some good Forex software from the beginning to succeed with Forex trading.

Title: Get Rich Now: How To Build A Fortune In The Stock Market

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There is only one way to truly build wealth in the stock markets – spot trends well before the thundering sheep herd of investors does, invest in them many months and sometimes even years before the average Joe and Jane, and concentrate your stock picks. If you do, 40% and 100% annual returns are possible. All this without great risk you say? Absolutely. Well, at least with no more risk than the terribly diversified portfolios (and terrible!) that you receive at most commerci…

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There is only one way to truly build wealth in the stock markets – spot trends well before the thundering sheep herd of investors does, invest in them many months and sometimes even years before the average Joe and Jane, and concentrate your stock picks. If you do, 40% and 100% annual returns are possible. All this without great risk you say? Absolutely. Well, at least with no more risk than the terribly diversified portfolios (and terrible!) that you receive at most commercial investment firms. How can I say that concentration is less risky than diversification? Well if you perform research that tells you that certain asset classes have a 90% chance of appreciating greatly and you greatly overweight this asset class in your portfolio, I’d take the 10% downside risk any day to perhaps outperform a diversified strategy by 20% or even 60% a year. In essence the “get rich quick” title above is slightly tongue-in-cheek as there are truly no guaranteed get rich quick schemes in stock investing; however, there are certainly periods of time triggered by certain government and central bank actions that present an opportunity to build great wealth in a short period of time. This is just one such time right now.

• Prediction made in January 2006: “On January 7, 2006, I offered this piece of free advice on my blog (go to http://www.theundergroundinvestor.com and perform a search for “U.S. Treasury Bonds” to read the full article), “Many people think of any type of dollar denominated bonds, whether they are U.S. corporate bonds or U.S. Treasury bonds as a safe place to park your money for reliable sources of income stream. In fact, the U.S. Treasury Department on their own website, even tout U.S. Treasury Securities as a ‘great way to invest and save for the future.’”

“Many people believe this rubbish because they are advised of this by a horde of financial consultants that have zero understanding of how the political-corporate-banking triumvirate operates, and how this financial triumvirate has produced a most unattractive likely scenario for dollar-denominated bonds going forward from 2007. Many people think of U.S. Treasury bonds as safe because of the federal guarantee. The ten reasons below [stated in my blog article] render that federal guarantee irrelevant.”

• Outcome: Six months later in June, after bond prices experienced a surprise, unexpected plunge in prices according to The Economist (of course the plunge wasn’t surprising to me!), the world’s most followed bond commentator, the U.S. bond king Bill Gross, finally agreed with our assessment of U.S. bonds as a poor investment. In September, 2007, foreign investors not only ceased purchasing U.S. bonds and debt like it was the plague but they sold the largest amount of U.S. debt in 7 years! This was the first example of many predictions I made that came true many months in advance of anyone else.

• Prediction made in mid-2006 in my Online SmartKnowledgeU™ Education Course: “Highly leveraged hedge funds are extremely dangerous funds to be invested in as of mid-2006 due to this situation [easy and risky credit]. If you are in a highly leveraged hedge fund, we at SmartKnowledgeU™ recommend immediately divesting of it before you potentially lose everything you have invested in that fund. In as simple terms as we can explain it, many hedge funds bought up trillions of yen to make easy returns for their investors.” If that warning wasn’t explicit enough, I predicted back then: “the Bank of Japan in mid-2006 is now aggressively contracting the global yen supply and raising interest rates – two actions that will cause any highly-leveraged hedge fund that has played dollar-yen-dollar swaps to collapse. That is an indisputable and inevitable fact.”

• Outcome: Starting about six months later, in early-2007 and still ongoing, those that did not heed our warnings are still in the process of losing billions of dollars from hedge funds, with a very low likelihood of recouping those losses.

• Prediction made in mid-2006 in my Online Education Course: “The dollar has to weaken not a little, but considerably, for the massive U.S. trade deficit to close considerably. And a stronger U.S. dollar of course makes this less likely to happen (a stronger dollar means that U.S. goods become more expensive for foreign countries, so U.S. exports would be likely to decline). However, because American individuals are burdened with debt as well, Bernanke’s hands are tied as to the number of times he can continue to raise interest rates without causing an economic recession. In the early 2000’s many American’s overextended their credit, taking advantage of historically low interest rates to buy huge houses with low mortgage payments that were really over their budget.”

• Outcome: The sub-prime mortgage fiasco that we warned about became a reality. Since a year ago, the U.S. dollar lost 15% against the NZ dollar, 5% against the Sing, and 16% against the Thai baht not to mention huge losses against major currencies like the Euro and Pound Sterling.

• Prediction made September 16, 2006 on my online blog: “Everywhere in the media, you have pundits saying that the commodities Bull Run is over – including even chief global economists of major investment firms like Steven Roach of Morgan Stanley. THEY’RE ALL WRONG…I’ve dug deep enough down into the rabbit hole to know that gold will rise much much higher in the future…Yes, oil has slipped to below $60 a barrel but again, this doesn’t mean that oil is done either.”

• Outcome: I made this prediction at a time when the price of gold was falling rapidly and all the gold bears stated that the commodity bubble was going to burst. As oil headed to $50 a barrel, a lot of experts started calling for $30-$40 oil. A lot of advice was given, even from chief investment officers at major global firms to sell out of almost all commodity based stocks at that time. Since then gold has moved to over $750 an ounce and oil rebounded strongly to over $80 a barrel. Understanding these trends have allowed me to earn more than 200% returns on gold stocks as well as 50% returns on oil stocks over just the past couple of months.

• Predictions I made September 6, 2007 (Speech at the Pan Pacific Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand) that will help you make a fortune in the future

• U.S. Federal Reserve will continue to sacrifice the dollar to prop up stock markets.

• Increased volatility as $370 billion in sub prime mortgages re-set to higher rates, starting with $50 billion in September and $30 billion every month thereafter for the next 18 months to 2 years. Triple-digit losses in the Dow during single day trading sessions will become commonplace.

• A deepening correction in global stock markets, likely to occur despite best efforts of central banks across the world, will cause the Federal Reserve and the ECB to launch efforts to drive the price of gold down before gold and gold stocks advance much much higher. At some point, the U.S. Treasury, Feds, and the Exchange Stabilisation Fund will succeed in manufacturing a strong rebound in traditional stock markets. This is the point you should be very very afraid.

• 2007, and possibly into very early 2008, will present the last opportunity to buy gold at less than $700 an ounce, but not without some volatility in between.

If you understand these above points and the reasons why the above will come true and has already started to come true in the five weeks since I made them, then you will understand what 99% of the thundering sheep herd of investors don’t understand. The time to rebalance your portfolio according to this strategy is yesterday! If you haven’t drastically altered the composition of your portfolio, it is not too late. Start now and you will build great wealth in the next five years. For more information, join our Group “Crisis Investing” on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com).

Title: Forex Trading And The Stock Market – Similarities And Differences

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Most people get their introduction to financial trading through the stock market. After all, it is the oldest and largest financial market in the world, right? Wrong! The forex trades over $2 trillion (with a “T”) a day, and has been around as long as money itself . What’s more, the forex is even easier for individuals to participate in than the stock market-and best of all, there are no commissions on forex trades!

That is one difference. But there are also plenty of simi…

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Most people get their introduction to financial trading through the stock market. After all, it is the oldest and largest financial market in the world, right? Wrong! The forex trades over $2 trillion (with a “T”) a day, and has been around as long as money itself . What’s more, the forex is even easier for individuals to participate in than the stock market-and best of all, there are no commissions on forex trades!

That is one difference. But there are also plenty of similarities. Since most people have a relatively strong understanding of the stock market, and many may be considering a move from the stock market to the forex, this article will explore the differences and similarities between the two financial markets.

Differences

As noted above, there are no commissions on forex trades. This is because everything is done electronically. In fact, there is no physical place known as “the forex” — it exists entirely in cyberspace. That makes for much lower overhead, hence the “free trades” (see similarities for why trades aren’t exactly free), and also allows for a twenty-four-hours a day trading platform, five-and-a-half days a week.

Secondly, while many stock-market investors use margin, most don’t. In the forex, everyone uses margin — and to a much larger degree than anyone uses it in the stock market. In the stock market, margin is capped at 50%. This means that if you have $5,000 in your account, the maximum value of stock you can purchase is $10,000. But in the forex, typical margin ratios are 100:1, meaning you can control $100,000 of worth of currency with just $1,000 in your account! This is one of the major appeals of the forex.

Thirdly, while there are 13,000+ stocks for stock-market investors to follow (and even more mutual funds, ETFs, etc.), there are essentially eight major currencies (and only seven currency pairs) for forex traders to follow.

Similarities

Well, forex trades aren’t exactly “free.” Just like in the stock market, there is a bid/ask spread. What this means it that the market maker will pay you less for a currency than the price for which he is willing to sell it to you. For example, you may be able to buy $1 in U.S. currency for $1.0905 in Canadian money, but when you want to turn around and buy back Canadian dollars, you will have to pay more than one U.S. dollar to get back your 1.0905 Canadian dollars.

Perhaps the biggest similarity between the stock market and the forex is the use of technical analysis — also known as “chartology.” Technical analysis principles hold up no matter what asset is being traded, so if you’ve become a master candlestick-reading stock trader, you can easily apply your talents to the forex.

Finally, when placing a trade, many of the same options are available in the forex as in the stock market. Limit orders — which set the maximum price you’re willing to pay or the minimum price you’re willing to receive — can be used in the forex just as with stocks, as can stop losses.

In Conclusion…

There are a lot of similarities between the stock market and the forex, and some experience trading stocks is a good thing to have under your belt. But far superior is experience actually trading currencies, and this is not a Catch-22. You can trade currencies before you really join the forex by opening a forex practice account. Most forex brokers offer these accounts, free of charge, which let you get your feet wet without the risk of getting soaked. Learn all you can about the forex, try out your strategies in a practice account, and in little time at all, you’ll be ready to swim with the big fish in the biggest pond in all of finance — the forex!

Title: Forex Market Vs. Stock Market – Which Is Right For You?

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You have probably traded stocks before, but have you ever traded currencies? Currency trading goes back thousands of years and was the first market used by nations, traders and merchants to facilitate the open market process. The trading of national currencies has its own market called the Forex, which is an abbreviation for The Foreign Currency Exchange Market. The Forex Market allows individuals, companies, banks, governments and nations to take advantage of currency flu…

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You have probably traded stocks before, but have you ever traded currencies? Currency trading goes back thousands of years and was the first market used by nations, traders and merchants to facilitate the open market process. The trading of national currencies has its own market called the Forex, which is an abbreviation for The Foreign Currency Exchange Market. The Forex Market allows individuals, companies, banks, governments and nations to take advantage of currency fluctuations in the world market to profit from judging the correct direction a currency moves against another currency. Currencies are traded as currency pairs.

The Stock Market:

The stock market has been one of the more traditional ways to make a profit from an investment. You often hear how the stock market can make a person more money from an investment than just about any other market. While you can make double digit profits from the stock market, and it usually produces more of a return than CD’s or bonds, it is not always the easiest market to participate in. With tens of thousands of companies to choose from when investing, it can be downright daunting. Of course you can stick with mutual funds or index funds and make low double digit gains; it is still difficult to perfect a system that can make more than 10 to 15% on a yearly basis. The stock market can be complicated to say the least. Not only do you have to really do your homework, but you never know when a company will decide to go bankrupt or fold altogether. Penny stocks are notorious for losing people money. The large cap stocks are decidedly better, but we all know what happens when a rogue CEO gets in trouble…the company’s stock tanks. There is a lot of risk and uncertainty when trying to play individual stocks while going for 20 to 30% gains in short periods of time.

The Forex Market:

The Forex Market is a lot simpler and tame compared to the stock market. However, it can take more self education than the stock market since there aren’t as many TV and radio shows dedicated to Forex or FX Trading. Since the Forex Market is an over the counter (OTC) market, by definition it is an open, worldwide market with no central trading floor. If it were a market that had one central trading floor, it would be unable to be open 24 hours a day for traders. By definition and not by obligation, the Forex Market is open to everyone and it is open 24 hours a day, five days a week.

Forex Trading takes place with currency pairs, which are two currencies that are traded in relation to each other. Some currency pairs are more popular than others, so the need to learn all of them, and there aren’t that many, is not absolutely necessary. The key to trading Forex Markets is to develop a good strategy and stick to it. When you get to know a currency pair and your research points you to a certain position that you feel will make you a profit, you can then work that position all day and night if you wish. This allows for potentially much greater profits than you can find in the stock market. If you enjoy doing your own research and not simply following what everyone else does, then the Forex Market may be the perfect investment tool for you.

Title: Finding Hot Stocks In The World Of Investment

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The term hot stocks can be wildly misleading; for those who are just beginning their foray into the world of investment, looking for hot stocks could mean trying to find those stocks that will pay off in dividends in the short term. But what uneducated investors don’t realize is that hot stocks mean much more than instant gratification.

Instead hot stocks could be defined as those stocks that may require patience to realize their full potential. Be wary of those stocks tha…

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The term hot stocks can be wildly misleading; for those who are just beginning their foray into the world of investment, looking for hot stocks could mean trying to find those stocks that will pay off in dividends in the short term. But what uneducated investors don’t realize is that hot stocks mean much more than instant gratification.

Instead hot stocks could be defined as those stocks that may require patience to realize their full potential. Be wary of those stocks that rise in value dramatically. The fall could be just as dramatic. Hot stocks may be considered hot because of their significant earnings but volatility could be an indication of an unstable product.

First and foremost when it comes to hot stocks – do your research. Learn as much as you possibly can about the stock market and its bevy of indicators. Research the particular hot stock in which you are interested and leave no stone unturned. A lack of comprehensive research could spell disaster further down the road.

The informational resources for hot stocks can be found online. The Internet has become a viable environment for trading; research hot stocks to learn their current worth and future predictions.

Take advantage of online forums where traders share their experiences. You may find many a helpful hint on how to go about trading hot stocks. You’ll often find a number of online traders willing to offer advice about online trading.

Additionally, in an effort to understand the complexities of hot stocks, take some professional courses to help you navigate this new world. You’ll be best served by getting the advice of professionals. Take what you need to learn the most you can about this complicated arena.

Most importantly, don’t get in over your head. If you are a novice at trading then keep your activity simple and conservative. Hot stocks in an industry about which you know very little will only serve to frustrate and confuse you in the future. Instead, choose those hot stocks that are available within industries in which you have a comfortable level of familiarity.

Trading hot stocks can be exciting but it can also be unnerving. Take the time to conduct thorough research on any hot stocks and in trading in general. Some effort now will serve you well for years to come as you continue to navigate the stock market.

Title: Finding, Buying, And Selling Stocks Online

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The history of the American stock market had its beginnings in the late 1700s during the fledgling years of the country. In Philadelphia, founding citizens of this new world instituted a stock exchange wherein currency could be exchanged in order to support business and stimulate this new economy.

This initial exchange gave way to a group of merchants who banned together to form the New York Stock Exchange. This initial assembly of men met every day on Wall Street to trad…

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The history of the American stock market had its beginnings in the late 1700s during the fledgling years of the country. In Philadelphia, founding citizens of this new world instituted a stock exchange wherein currency could be exchanged in order to support business and stimulate this new economy.

This initial exchange gave way to a group of merchants who banned together to form the New York Stock Exchange. This initial assembly of men met every day on Wall Street to trade their stocks and bonds – an outdoor ritual that lasted through to the early 1900s, when commerce moved indoors. Today, investment on this scale has come full circle – operating outside the bricks and mortar of traditional trading. Today’s investors operate en masse through the Internet, buying and selling stocks online with the click of a mouse.

Buying and selling stocks online has become the new way of investing. In this chaotic world of long work hours combined with the juggling of frenzied family schedules, the computer has taken an ever-increasing role – giving us a place to work, communicate, and be entertained any time of day from the comfort of our homes. The computer has also taken an ever-increasing role in investing, offering consumers the opportunity to trade online. Several reputable companies have pioneered the online investment arena where they have kept pace with the changing needs of today’s modern investors.

In accessing stocks online, investors have been given access to a bevy of services previously only obtained through visiting brokers in the brick and mortar world of finance. Online investment through reputable brokerage companies requires investors to set up an account through the website. They can then access their financial portfolio at the touch of a mouse. Additionally, these companies will offer up-to-the-minute stock quotes, historical performance and forecasts for each stock, as well as in-depth information about each of the companies.

Investors report that the ability to trade stocks online offers many benefits not provided through traditional brokering. First and foremost, online investment offers lower brokerage fees than required through traditional brokerage houses. Through online trading, investors typically pay $10 and under per trade. Online trading also affords investors a level of independence and control not previously experienced through traditional trading. Investors can pick and choose stocks online that meet their own personal financial goals.

Using the tools provided through the brokerage websites, investors can research those companies and stock in which they are interested. Further, investors can access their portfolio to keep careful track of their financial status as they move towards the goals they have set out for themselves.

Part of what keeps the financial world moving at a pace that continues to stimulate economy and promote business is its ability to adjust to changing conditions in society. Online trading is simply a response to what is happening in the world of finance on a grander scale. The ability to buy and sell stocks online meets investors where they are in today’s world and gives them the opportunity to take a greater role in their own financial future.