Begin Your Trading Career With Trading Stocks Online

Trading stocks online or online trading of stocks and shares is a common phenomenon in today’s stock trading segment. Although it is a common phenomenon around the world for few it is still a mystery. Creating an online trading account, buying and selling stocks, constantly tracking your investment is still being perceived as a herculean task by many. To get over with such perceptions the first and foremost thing you must know is to read a lot about markets and their movements. Besides reading, getting in touch with online stock brokers who have ample knowledge in the area of trading and managing stocks would be very much helpful for beginners.

After acquiring knowledge on stocks and getting in touch with online brokers it is always necessary to have ample information on stocks that you are investing. For getting enough information about various companies, their stocks and their prospectus you got to know few tips on trading stocks online. Let us look forward for few such tricks or steps which you have to follow if you are a beginner. You must start your online trading with research and analysis. Research and analyze the companies that are flourishing and the companies that are moving downwards. By this research you will be equipped with enough knowledge on stocks fluctuations and can easily identify the future prospectus of shares of respective companies. This step should be a rule of thumb for both beginners as well as for experienced online traders as this would lead them to choose the right stock.

Once you are done with research and analysis of stocks next step must be quite tedious for the beginners but cannot go further without this. You must get an idea on fundamental and technical analyses of stocks as these analyses are the sole runners of any stock market. Once you get knowledge on fundamental and technical analyses of stocks the next step is to understand the choices of an online stock broker and an investor like you. The traders choose a stock which is profitable for both the company and the client. But this should not be the case with the investors. Investor must choose a stock which is profitable and which can maximize his wealth. Knowing these differences and choosing stocks is key to your success in online stock trading. Once you are clear on the basics and concepts of stock trading creating an online trading account either with the help of an online broker or individually must be your next step.

Investing in Stocks: Turn $5,000 into $1,000,000

First of all, I want to point out the long term historical return of the stock market is a little bit higher than 10% per year. Very few long term investments can make this claim. Some would argue that real estate is a better investment, and it may be in some instances, but I would rather put my money in investments that require no maintenance, renters, property taxes, or other “drawbacks” as I would refer to them. Of course, your own house, that you live in, is another story.

Now you are probably thinking, “That is great and everything, but how does this help me with making a million dollars in the stock market?” I am glad you asked. One of the most important lessons about investing in stocks that anyone can give you is patience. If you think you are going to make a fortune in the stock market overnight or even in a couple years, then I wish you good luck, but unfortunately you are more likely to lose money than gain money by trying to beat the market. However, if you are willing to find some good companies to invest in and are patient, you are very likely to earn a nice return in the stock market. In fact, even stocks that have performed very poorly, can earn you some decent money off your investment as demonstrated by the Stock Performance Guide at the 1stock1 website.

Another very important investment lesson is time in the market. Over time most established companies continue to grow and, as a result, their stock price also grows. In the short term, stocks can be very volatile and their prices can go up and down daily. However, as you extend your time frame, a solid stock performs in a much more predictable manner. This doesn’t mean your investment will always make money, but time does put the odds in your favor.

The third lesson I will give you about stock investing is discipline. Determine why you are investing and what you want to accomplish through investing. Once you decide your reasons for investing, come up with a plan and stick to it. Don’t allow yourself to get lured into the next “sure thing” in the stock market. For every one that works out, several more will fail. If it was a sure thing, investors would know this and bid the stock price up accordingly. If you know information that the rest of the stock market doesn’t, then your looking at insider trading charges. It is very easy to be tempted to earn the “quick buck” and much more difficult to be disciplined with an investment plan. As expected, the road that requires the most work yields the best results.

Finally, I would like to stress the importance of diversification. Probably the biggest mistake you can make in investing is putting all your money in one stock. This strategy is not only risky, but also less likely to earn as a high of return as a diversified portfolio. Having your money invested in several stocks helps minimize the risk while still increasing overall return.

Explaining Investing to Kids – Stocks, Proxy Statements

For my nephew’s 13th birthday, I transferred some shares of stock into a UTMA account for him under a dividend reinvestment plan (DRIP), and I’ve been using the investment as a teaching opportunity. Every time I get a statement or other correspondence about the investment, I forward it to him with a brief note explaining what it is and what it means to him and his investment. As I was crafting my latest email to him about the proxy statement we received, I realized that others trying to teach children about investing might appreciate reading my notes, too. So I lightly editted it to make a bit more cohesive for people without a knowledge of the background, and I offer it to you…

I got a message from Fortune Brands (Ticker: FO) and since you’re an owner, too, I wanted to share it with you.

In a small corporation like mine (I own an IT consultancy), I’m the sole owner, president, and most of the workforce. However, public companies like Fortune Brands are owned by thousands or even millions of individual investors like you and me. As owners, we get to control the company, but there are too many of us for everyone to be involved in the day-to-day operations – that would be crazy. Instead, we exercise our control by electing a board of directors to provide direction and guidance for the company. The board of directors hires a CEO for the company, and some of the other top officers, and those officers handle the day-to-day operations of the business.

You and I don’t participate in decisions about manufacturing, sales, shipping/receiving, hiring/firing of employees, payroll & benefits, business hours, or office locations – we leave that to the company’s officers, who are selected by the board of directors you and I elect. Since we don’t get involved in the daily grind, the company produces annual and quarterly status reports for us about its activities, successes, and failures. An annual Proxy Statement asks for our votes for the board of directors and for our input on a limited few additional important issues. We can submit our votes by mail or over the Internet, or we may attend the meeting in person in Illinois at the end of April.

I’ve attached the company’s 2010 Proxy Statement (omitted from this article), containing information about their upcoming shareholders’ meeting. It’s going to seem very confusing, but don’t worry – I don’t need you to read the whole thing – I just wanted to show you something on one page of it…

Board members have a limited term, so we’re voting to replace the ones who are expiring this year. Knowing who to vote for can sometimes be a difficult matter. Different people approach this different ways. All of the candidates being offered to us have been selected by our existing board of directors, so they are people that our board thinks we’ll like and will be a good fit with the other board members. For many owners, that’s good enough, and they just go with the board’s recommendation, especially if they’re happy with the way the company has been running. Other owners may do some research into the resumes and past experiences of the various candidates before deciding.

I approach it a different way: I want the board members to have my interest at heart, and that is that I want my investment to increase in value. To be sure that they have the same interest, I look for candidates who, themselves, have large investments in the company’s stock. If you open the attached PDF file and flip to page 60 (sorry, readers – just imagine it), you’ll find a table entitled “Certain Information Regarding Security Holdings” that reveals this information. The table shows the number of shares owned by each officer and director of the company, and by multiplying these numbers by the share price, I know how much money each of them has invested in the company. I only vote for those with sizable investments. Today, it was all of them, but I always check because I’ve occasionally seen candidates who own few or even no shares of the company.

Besides the election of directors, the proxy statement goes on to ask for our votes on several other items, such as approving an auditor, approving a change in voting requirements, and approving a plan to pay directors with additional stock. I like the way the board has been handling things, so I voted in favor of all of their requests.

There’s one last special item on the list, too. As owners of the company, you and I have a right to propose our own issues to be put forth to vote upon by the other shareholders. The last item on the list is one such proposal from another shareholder. He wants us to make a rule that anytime 10% of the shareholders feel strongly about something they may call a “special meeting” of all of the shareholders, rather than wait for this once-a-year regular meeting to discuss and vote on the matter. It’s the sort of thing you’d like to be able to do yourself, but it could start to get expensive and disruptive for the company to have to send out announcements, reserve auditoriums, and arrange flights and lodging for executives every time a vocal minority wanted to talk about an insignificant issue. I voted against it.

As the custodian for your shares, they sent me a single proxy statement for the total of both your and my shares, so I’ve already voted for both of us. In the future, when you’re old enough to control your own investments, the responsibility of voting on these issues will rest with you. If you have questions, I’m always happy to help.

Investing in Penny Stocks – How to Invest in Penny Stocks Profitably

Investing in penny stocks has its share of ups and downs, tips to be adopted for greater success and pitfalls to avoid. This isn’t gambling if you know what you’re doing. You need to think of it as increasing the value of your investment portfolio with smaller seed capital but with larger returns to compensate for the higher risks involved. 

The Upside

With these stocks, you can start investing and earning with as little as $100 to open your online account.  Indeed, you are well advised to start with a minimal capital investment while you are learning the ropes of the business.  It does not help your stock investment portfolio to put in more than you can afford to lose!

Another benefit of investing in penny stocks is that you can have huge profits out of small investments. Well, of course, you have to know the basics of the business before this happens but the potential is exciting. Also, you can avail of the services of online discount brokers for these investments. Unlike traditional stockbrokers, you can save on the high costs of sundry service fees and commissions with these discount brokers.  In effect, your bottom line will benefit. 

How To Invest Profitably

In order secure the most benefits out of investing in penny stocks, you can apply the following tips: 

  • Look for the stocks with the highest price-earnings ration but the lowest price-earnings-growth ratio. 
  • Stick to your entry and exit plans.  You must control your monetary greed even when it seems that the penny stock in consideration will rise in value after you have reached your profit limit – it often will not move in the way you predict or desire. 
  • Go with the market flow.  You cannot control the market and as such, it is futile to want to change it to suit your profit objectives. 
  • Make decisions based on reliable information coming from the thorough analysis of charts and other tools necessary for successful investing. Inside information and hot tips can be manipulative practices meant to deceive investors and, hence, rob them of their money. 

The bottom line is that these stocks operate in similar ways as their Big Board-listed stock counterparts.  Hence, you can apply your knowledge in mainstream stock trading to penny stock trading with a few revisions to account for the higher risks involved. 

The Risks

Speaking of risks, you must avoid the pitfalls that come with these investments. Keep in mind that these stocks can be very speculative and can be easily manipulated, which means that investors must maintain vigilance over their investments decisions.  One of the most notable pitfalls in trading these stocks is the provision of misleading financial statements to investors.  You have to double check with independent bodies like the Securities and Exchange Commission, when applicable. 

Investing in penny stocks is a good decision where your investment portfolio is concerned.  You can enjoy the benefits just as long as you adopt smart investment management and avoid the pitfalls.