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The Differences between Investing, Trading, and Speculating in Stock

People make money from stock in different ways, using different strategies. Stock investing, stock trading, and stock speculating may sound similar, but they’re actually pretty different: [more…]

Stock Investment Considerations for Bulls and Bears

Due diligence is necessary for your success as a stock investor. Make sure that you’re investing appropriately for your situation. If you’re 35, heading into your peak earnings years, want to ride a home-run [more…]

Trends Supporting Investment in Security-Related Stocks

World events have the potential to greatly impact the stock market, so it is important that you as an investor keep track of security concerns. The horrific events of September 11, 2001, ushered in an [more…]

Megatrends in Stock Investments

Only a handful of changes in your stock portfolio over the past four decades would have made you a tremendously rich investor. Had you put your money into natural resources [more…]

Key Sectors and Industries for Stock Investments

Many stock investors can benefit from a practice referred to as sector rotation (not quite like crop rotation, but close enough). The idea is that you shift money from one sector to another based on current [more…]

What You Should Know about Balance Sheets for Trading

The balance sheet gives traders a snapshot of the company’s assets and liabilities at a point in time. This differs from the income statement, which gives you operating results of a company during a particular [more…]

12 Huge Trading Mistakes to Avoid

Here are twelve huge trading mistakes that befall experienced and novice traders. Take a look at the suggestions for helping you recognize the mistakes and for avoiding and even correcting them. [more…]

10 Trading Survival Techniques

Although all traders know that losses are inevitable, they want to minimize those losses and stay solvent to trade another day. Here are some techniques for surviving as a trader. [more…]

Trading Brokers and Brokerage Services

Before you can pick the type of broker that best fulfills your trading needs, you need to understand the kinds of services that each kind of broker provides. After you gain an understanding of your options [more…]

Trading Services You Should Consider When Choosing a Broker

As a trader, you can’t choose your broker purely on the basis of price. You need to know what types of services are offered to enable you to make the types of trades you want to make. When researching [more…]

Types of Brokerage Accounts Traders Should Know

Traders can open brokerage accounts in a couple different ways: as a cash account or a margin account. However, if you open a margin account, you also must open a cash account. You also may open separate [more…]

How to Choose the Right Broker for Your Trading Needs

Before beginning a search for the right broker, you must first decide what type of trader you want to be and what services you need. If you want to be a position trader, or one who trades infrequently, [more…]

Trading Rules You Should Know

After you pick your broker, you must be sure you know the trading rules. Although federal law mandates margin requirements, sets trade settlement rules, and bans free riding, brokerage firms sometimes [more…]

How to Find Trading Price Charts

Price charts show the history of a stock’s price over time. These charts contain useful trading information that is revealed with careful analysis. There are two kinds of online charts: real-time charts [more…]

Where You Can Find Fundamental Data for Trading

Fundamental data — corporate information such as revenue, earnings, and cash flow — isn’t as perishable as price data or trading statistics, but accessing these numbers directly from your trading platform [more…]

Where You Can Find Trading Analyst Reports

Sometimes you can find these trading research reports at your local library, especially for big outfits like Standard & Poor’s and Value Line. Many analysts sell research in the form of investment newsletter [more…]

How to Select a Trading Platform that is Right for You

You’ll find as many different approaches to trading as you’ll find traders. Fortunately, almost as many alternatives for setting up your trading environment also exist. As technology develops and expands [more…]

Trading and the Basics of the Business Cycle

The old adage “What goes up must come down” is as true for trading and the economy as it is for any physical object. When a business cycle reaches its peak, nothing is wrong in the economic world; businesses [more…]

How to Employ a Sector Rotation Trading Strategy

In general, the markets are divided into sectors, and at any time some of those sectors are expanding, even during a bear market. Some traders are adept at rotating their investments from one sector to [more…]

What You Should Know about Deflation for Trading

In addition to watching the economic indicators for inflation, traders also need to watch the numbers for signs of deflation. Serious concern about the possibility of deflation takes center stage when [more…]

What You Should Know about Consumer Confidence for Trading

Keeping an eye on consumer confidence is another way traders can cast a glance into the future of the market. When confidence is high, consumers are more likely to spend. The best overall index for monitoring [more…]

What You Should Know about Business Activity for Trading

A number of key economic indicators can give traders a good idea of what business is doing and how that information may impact the stock markets. Key business indicators to watch include [more…]

How to Use Data from Economic Indicators in Trading

Plenty of economic data is available, but not all of it is relevant to the types of stocks you want to trade. Organizing your data collection and tracking the trends can make choosing economic signs and [more…]

What You Should Know about Cash Flow Statements for Trading

When traders review income statements, they’re looking at information based on accrual accounting. In accrual accounting, sales can be included when they’re first contracted, even before revenue from them [more…]

What You Should Know about Inflation for Trading

Several key economic indicators point you toward ways of identifying the risk of inflation, which can be useful in trading. The primary overall indicator is gross domestic product; it’s released quarterly [more…]

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