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How to Weigh Risk and Return in Stock Investments

How much risk is appropriate for you in your stock investments, and how do you handle it? Before you try to figure out what risks accompany your investment choices, analyze yourself. Here are some points [more…]

An Introduction to Exchange-Traded Funds and Mutual Funds

For many folks and for many years, the only choice besides investing directly in stocks was to invest indirectly through mutual funds. Now, with the advent of ETFs, investors have greater choices than [more…]

An Introduction to Bullish ETFs for Stock Investment

You may wake up one day and say “I think that the stock market will do very well going forward from today” and that’s just fine if you think so. Maybe your research on the general economy, financial outlook [more…]

How to Invest for the Short Term

When it comes to investing in stocks, short termgenerally means one year or less, although some people extend the period to two years or less. Short-term investing isn’t about making a quick buck on your [more…]

How to Invest for the Intermediate Term

Intermediate term refers to the financial goals you plan to reach in two to five years through your investing. For example, if you want to accumulate funds to put money down for investment in real estate [more…]

How to Invest in Stocks for the Long Term

Stock investing is best suited for making money over a long period of time. Usually, when you measure stocks against other investments in terms of five to [more…]

How to Invest in Stocks for Steady Income

Not all investors want to take on the risk that comes with making a killing through stocks. (Hey . . . no guts, no glory!) Some people just want to invest in the stock market as a means of providing a [more…]

How to Invest Based on Your Personal Style

Your investing style isn’t a blue-jeans-versus-three-piece-suit debate. It refers to your approach to stock investing. Do you want to be conservative or aggressive? Would you rather be the tortoise or [more…]

Introduction to Financial Risk in Stock Investments

The financial risk of stock investing is that you can lose your money if the company whose stock you purchase loses money or goes belly up. This type of risk is the most obvious because companies do go [more…]

Introduction to Interest Rate Risk in Stock Investments

You can lose money in an apparently sound stock investment because of something that sounds as harmless as “interest rates have changed.” Interest rate risk may sound like an odd type of risk, but in fact [more…]

Threats of Interest Rate Risk in Stock Investments

Historically, rising interest rates have had an adverse effect on stock prices and investments. Because the United States country is top-heavy in debt, rising interest rates are an obvious risk that threatens [more…]

Introduction to Market Risk in Stock Investments

When they talk about investing in stocks, people talk about the market and how it goes up or down, making it sound like a monolithic entity instead of what it really is — a group of millions of individuals [more…]

An Introduction to Inflation Risk in Stock Investments

Inflation can be a risk that stock investors have to deal with. Inflation is the artificial expansion of the quantity of money so that too much money is used in exchange for goods and services. To consumers [more…]

An Introduction to Political and Governmental Risk in Stock Investments

Government rules and regulations are important considerations when making investment decisions. If companies were fish, politics and government policies [more…]

An Introduction to Personal Risks in Stock Investments

Frequently, the risk involved with investing in the stock market isn’t directly related to the investment; rather, the risk is associated with the investor’s circumstances. [more…]

An Introduction to Emotional Risks in Stock Investments

What does emotional risk have to do with stock investments? Emotions are important risk considerations because investors are human beings. Logic and discipline are critical factors in investment success [more…]

An Introduction to Volatility in Stock Investments

How often have you heard a financial guy analyzing stock investments on TV say, “Well it looks like a volatile day as the markets plunge 700 points. . . .”? Volatility has garnered a bad reputation because [more…]

Minimize Risk in Stock Investments through Knowledge, Practice, and Preparation

Now, before you go crazy thinking that stock investing carries so much risk that you may as well not get out of bed, take a breath. Minimizing your risk in stock investing is easier than you think. Although [more…]

How to Match Stocks and Strategies with Your Investment Goals

Various stocks are out there, as well as various investment approaches. The key to success in the stock market is matching the right kind of stock with the right kind of investment situation. You have [more…]

When to Use Bearish ETFs in Your Stock Portfolio

Most ETFs are bullish in nature because they invest in a portfolio of stocks that they expect to go up in due course. But some ETFs have a bearish focus. Bearish ETFs [more…]

How Indexes Can Give You Insight to ETF Investment Vehicles

For stock investors, ETFs that are bullish or bearish are ultimately tied to major market indexes. You should take a quick look at indexes to better understand them [more…]

Basic Economics for Stock Market Investors

A working knowledge of basic economics is crucial to your success and proficiency as a stock investor. The stock market and the economy are joined at the hip. The good [more…]

Past Investment Mistakes Are Great Teachers for Stock Purchases Today

Because most stock investors ignored some basic observations about economics in the late 1990s, they subsequently lost trillions in their stock portfolios during 2000–2002. [more…]

How to Keep Up with Financial News that Effects Investment Decisions

Reading the financial news can help you decide where or where not to invest when you are looking at buying more stocks. Many newspapers, magazines, and websites offer great coverage of the financial world [more…]

Stay Informed about Social Trends Relevant to Stock Investment

Information relative to your stock investments is not limited to the business world. Political decisions and societal and cultural trends can have major impacts on the performances of many business, and [more…]

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