Improve Your Investment Skills

Monday, June 14th, 2010
You work hard every day, so you want your money to work for you. Maybe you are accomplishing this with investments. But, everyone can get a little better. If you are looking for ways to increase your portfolio, improving your skills may be in order. Here is some advice on how to improve your investment skills. Investing is an art that anyone can learn if they want to. Many follow the word of analysts and a financial adviser, but they can only take you so far. They can recommend, but the best fit for you will come from making your...

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Minimizing The Risks Of Online Trading

Monday, May 24th, 2010
Are you interested in investing in stocks and other commodities? Trading online has become increasingly popular to help increase the size of your portfolio. But, there are risks with day trading. Here is some advice to help minimize the risks of online trading. The form of online trading most people are interested in is day trading. Day trading can be rewarding if you know what you are doing. You are looking at the market from the standpoint of how stocks, bonds and commodities will change from the opening to the closing of the market on any given day. Those who want...

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Common Investing Mistakes

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010
No one is planning on working forever. Some sort of investment, whether it is a retirement fund, real estate or other vehicle, needs to be looked at to finance your life after you retire from the world of work. But, be careful. When investing, many novices fall into traps and lose their money. Here is some advice on how to avoid making investment mistakes. Investing is not the hardest thing in the world, but it does take time and research. Unless you understand what you are investing in, you may want to hold off until you are better informed.
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  • Monitoring Your Investment Portfolio

    Saturday, March 13th, 2010
    So you have gotten with a professional investment counselor. They have given you advice on how to go about putting together your investment portfolio to best suit your needs. Now that you have laid out the money, how do you know what your stocks, bonds and other products are doing? Investing is not a passive, one-time thing. After you go through the process of choosing where and how much to invest, that is only the beginning. Now the process of helping to manage that portfolio begins. Remember when you were talking to your investment counselor? They probably asked you questions about...

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    Market Capitalization

    Monday, February 22nd, 2010
    In the investment world of stocks, bonds, bulls and bears, there are many terms that you may have heard about but are not familiar with. One of those terms is market capitalization. Companies are classified in many ways. These classifications are used to help determine how much a company is worth. Market capitalization (or market cap for short) is one way of doing that. It is a measure of value that takes into account the total number of outstanding shares that a company has, multiplied by the current price of the stock. Most people would normally think that a large...

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    Ten Investing Mistakes

    Monday, November 30th, 2009

    How do you make your money work for you? One way is by investing your money. Investments are a way to make your money grow through the stock market, investment companies, mutual funds, and retirement accounts. But, while you are looking to invest your hard-earned money in something, don’t forget to familiarize yourself with the mistakes that are more commonly made by new investors: 1. Not taking advantage of your 401(k) plan. Most employers offer a retirement plan for their employees. It can either be used from the first day of employment or there is...

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    Getting Financial Help

    Friday, October 30th, 2009

    Before you begin the process of finding a financial coach, you have to ascertain what role the financial coach is going to play in your life. In other words, why do you need a financial coach? Perhaps you are a baby boomer planning for retirement, a family whose household budget is out of sync, or a stock investor who needs advice. Or maybe you are thinking about how to save for your children’s tuition, how to set up a budget that will work or wanting the coach to take a look at your budget to determine its effectiveness. Once...

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    Why Should You Invest?

    Monday, September 28th, 2009

    For the uninitiated, investing can be a scary concept. Putting your hard-earned money into stocks, bonds and other instruments that could lose value doesn't seem to make much sense on the surface. While it's true that some people lose their life savings by investing, these people are in the minority. Not all investments are high-risk. Some come with guaranteed rates of return, ensuring that you will not lose your money. Others carry some risk, but are managed in such a way that the risk is low, especially over the long term. Those who put all of their money in very risky...

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    Financial Stress

    Monday, July 20th, 2009

    Financial stress has many causes. For some, job loss or illness has made it difficult to make ends meet. For others, the volatility of today's stock market is a major area of concern. But whatever the reason may be, financial stress can take a serious toll on one’s health. Financial stress is a frequent trigger of mental health issues such as depression. Worrying about how you’re going to pay the bills and put food on the table can take over your thoughts, and it becomes difficult to enjoy the good things in life. Another common issue is anxiety, which may be...

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    What Are Securities?

    Tuesday, May 19th, 2009

    For the uninitiated, the stock market and all of the terms associated it can be as clear as mud. While most of us have a basic understanding of stocks themselves, our eyes tend to glaze over when presented with related concepts. So if you have no idea what securities are, you're certainly not alone. Actually, the concept of securities is not terribly complicated. In fact, a stock is a kind of security. In the financial sense, a security is defined as a document that represents ownership of a given asset. In addition to stocks, securities assign ownership of bonds, treasury certificates...

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