Your Trading Objective: Why is that so Important?

You've decided to try your luck at trading stocks or commodities, but so called experts tell you that you need to determine your trading objective. What exactly does that mean and why is it so important? Well, it's really a question of your trading philosophy. A trading objective basically identifies... Read More

365/7/24

What does it take to be a stock trader? It takes a total mental commitment to the task. It becomes a complete way of life. You cannot be a part timer. You cannot work at a regular job and trade stocks successfully. When you decide to make your living this... Read More

Downdraft

For the year 2000 we have seen hundreds of mutual funds lose 40%, 50% and more of their value. This does not seem right since the fund is supposed to be managed by a professional. How can this "professional" do such a bad job? More than half of the funds... Read More

Good News?

As the man said, "I've got some good news and I've got some bad news. What do you want to hear first?" It was replied, "Tell me the good news first". The good news is that they are going to make some changes in the mutual fund industry reporting to... Read More

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.... Read More

Why Technical Indicators

The fight continues to rage among traders who use technical indicators and those who prefer fundamental information to establish new positions and to exit current positions.The fundamentalist believe in knowing all the facts about a company such as price earnings ratios, sales growth, product margins, management capabilities, cost of production,... Read More

Basics of Stock Market

Financial markets provide their participants with the most favorable conditions for purchase/sale of financial instruments they have inside. Their major functions are: guaranteeing liquidity, forming assets prices within establishing proposition and demand and decreasing of operational expenses, incurred by the participants of the market.Financial market comprises variety of instruments, hence... Read More

What is a Trading Plan ? and Why You Need One?

How do you make money without picking tops and bottoms?I am glad you asked...Successful trading is similar to a successful business. You see, every successful business has a business plan so do successful traders. The astute reader knows that, successful traders have a systematic way they approach the market.The definition... Read More

Hedge Fund Advertising

Have you seen all those big full page ads for hedge funds in the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, Investors Business Daily? You haven't. Maybe they are being drowned out by the regular mutual funds who continually tell you how great they are.Shucks! I forgot. Hedge funds are not... Read More

Robert Rodriguez Weathers the Stock Market

Robert Rodriguez likes to buy stocks at their lows. When there are not enough stocks hitting new lows, he closes his fund and piles up cash. This is what he has been doing lately. His moves deserve attention for good reasons, his $1.7 billion FPA Capital Fund has averaged an... Read More

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Stock Chart Reading

As an investor you will want to check out any... Read More

Choosing A Fund

For years I have been saying you must have a... Read More

Lights of the Stock Market

There are red lights, green lights, blue lights and spot... Read More

My Stock - Right or Wrong

We all know the expression, "My country, right or wrong",... Read More

What Does it Take to be a Stock Trader?

It takes a total mental commitment to the task. It... Read More

Stops Make Money

During the day I watch CNBC-TV, the stock market channel.... Read More

Mutual Fund Ball and Chain

The broker told me not to sell because the mutual... Read More

Precision Money Management

This article describes the model of a natural relationship between... Read More

Stock Analysis

I receive emails from Morningstar. This company provides statistics and... Read More

Political Investing

We have two candidates for president that have really different... Read More

Buy and Hold Investment Philosophy

Wall Street has been preaching the doctrine of Buy and... Read More

Rebalance And Diversify

The stock market has not been very kind to your... Read More

Economists #2

Economists know more about how the fragments of society work... Read More

The Great Stock Market Secret

When the stock market is going up and all your... Read More

Take The Time

You must take the time once a month to review... Read More

Trading Tips No 6: The High Cost of Low Cost Stock Market Information

It has been said that low cost or even free... Read More

Forces that Move Stock Prices

Among the largest forces that affect stock prices are inflation,... Read More

Planning Your Dive and Diving Your Plan ? Trading!

A colleague of mine just returned from a scuba diving... Read More

Red, Green, Yellow - or - Stop, Go, Go Very Fast: Which Describes Your Online Trading?

Ever notice how behavior in one area of life can... Read More

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Stock Market

On the 40 year journey through the turmoil of a... Read More

Attitude Is [Almost] Everything

I often play a little game with myself when I... Read More

Dont Buy Worldcom! A Guide to Wise Bottom Fishing

Over the past few months, several investment professionals have brought... Read More

Hold Em and Fold Em

When most analysts, financial planners, fund specialists and investors try... Read More

Value Investing: Selecting From The Bargain Bin

Picking a beaten-down stock requires a different kind of selection... Read More

Stock Market Volatility

In my opinion, due to the volatility of stock market... Read More

What Are You Waiting For?

Do you own any mutual funds? In an IRA or... Read More

Online Investing & Online Stock & Share Trading: Difficulty in Taking Stop Losses in the Market

This is an extract of an article which was first... Read More

Discipline

One of the great "secrets" of successful people is discipline... Read More

Price Targets

Every day in any financial publication you will find the... Read More

Overseas Investing: Going Against the Mainstream

TOO OFTEN, INVESTORS SIMPLY CHOOSE TO follow the crowd. This... Read More

The Importance of Using Stop Loss Orders When Spread Trading the Financial Markets

A Guide to Using Stop Loss Orders Stop losses are... Read More

Market Timing

Every broker and financial planner will tell you that you... Read More

Mid-Cap Stocks: Asset Class with an Identity Crisis

Much like the middle child, mid-cap stocks have long struggled... Read More