Getting Started in the Stock Market

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Tips to help you start well and stay in the game

Investing your money in the stock market can be a great way to achieve financial freedom and a secure future for you and your family. There are risks involved. Wise investors always take time to do research and consider each transaction. The information in this article can help you to make investments that will pay off.

Check your emotions at the door (fear and greed can undo a great investment) and know your risk tolerance before you get started. Have a strategy and stick to it. Make logical and methodical decisions based on your strategy, even when things are rough. One of the worst things you can do is take all of your money out too hastily and have the stock skyrocket at some point after that. If you are not that disciplined find a way to automate your investing and keep the emotions out.
Review your trade confirmations carefully. When you place a trade, you will get a trade confirmation via mail or email. Review the information and if there is an error get it corrected immediately. Keep a file of all your trades for tax purposes.
Keep in mind stocks are not just pieces of paper. When buying shares, you are buying part ownership of a company. Shareholders own the company and have a claim on the earnings and assets of that company.

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Look for the sales. Buying when you start to see prices fall can help in several ways. First, you are lowering the cost of each stock you own (dollar cost averaging). Second, when your stock recovers you will have a larger overall profit because of the shares you bought on sale. Third, you can look to sell the cheaper shares first and hold the more expensive shares later getting a quicker profit on the lower cost shares. When prices start to fall, your initial reaction might be to sell. Consider the above options first. However, remember to be methodical not emotional and stay with your strategy.
Look for realistic profit goals and manage your losses by using tools like stop-losses or trailing-stop-losses. Money management is the best way to stay in the game for the long term. Make sure to manage your risk in some way, so you don’t lose it all in one go.

Inexperienced investors need to get advice, but make sure you are getting advice from someone who is taking their own advice. Interview your advisor and make sure they are investing and find out what their methods are. There is nothing worse than taking investment advice from someone who is not invested themselves.

The difference between value and price: price is what you will pay when you buy the stock, value is what you expect to get in the future. Keep in mind dividends when considering the value.

The worst kind of success is misunderstood success. Learn from your mistakes and your successes. You will make mistakes and have success. Analyse your progress and refine your decision making it will lead to greater success down the road.

As discussed investing in the stock market can be the key to securing your financial future. So, invest the time needed to learn to make the most of your money. Don’t learn the hard and lose the money that you have worked so hard for. The tips in this article can help you stay on course, by only making wise investments.