Your Questions About Investing In Stocks

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Thomas asks…

i want to learn about investing,stocks, and all that. where do i go?

i live in the GTA. im 19 and i want to take a class on investing, stocks,bonds….
i looked in the cities parks and rec book but they only offer classes on physical acitivites! where do i go?

financi4 answers:

To Start Investing
It takes a long time to learn the stock market and it would help if you read some books and information online. Before you start investing in the market the first thing you need to decide is what risk level you want to take. CDs backed up by the government has about 3-4% annual return for the long term with a low risk. Bonds or Bonds Funds (Income Funds) has about 5-7% annual return for the long term with a medium risk. Stocks or Stock Mutual Funds (Growth or Value) has about 8-10% annual return for the long term with a high risk and are more volatile than Bonds. Usually the more risk you take, the more return you will have, but not always. To see the Risk vs Return go to my photo: http://i1142.photobucket.com/albums/n620/Chief-1/RiskvsReturn.jpg The stock market is basally made up of stocks and bonds. Investment managers pick a group of stocks to make a mutual fund or a group of bonds to make a bond fund. They even put a mixture of stocks and bonds together and call it a Growth & Income Fund.

1- MUTUAL FUNDS: I like mutual funds because they have a group of stocks (could be around 100+) invested in different sectors, and manage by a professional. Managers have lots of schooling for investing in stocks, around 8 years. So I think managers can pick stocks better than I can. You can make a buy or sell order anytime of the day for mutual fund shares but it will not go in affect until the close of the day. There are lots of different kinds of mutual funds that does not charge any fees to buy it’s shares and they are called Noload Funds. There are also some funds called Load Funds that charge about 5% of your investment. But what I don’t like is the fact that most funds has trading restriction and you may not be able to trade more than 4 times a year. That’s because it makes it hard for the fund to make a good return if there is to much trading in the fund, causing the fund manager to make more buys and sells and keep more cash on hand. Mutual funds are meant for long term investors.
2- STOCKS: Stocks is more volatile than funds unless you spread you money in about
5-10 different sectors and know witch sector will do best. And stock trading restriction is only a few days and that’s something that I like. If you own stocks, you will need to keep up with all the company’s business so you don’t get stuck with a bad stock. That could take a lots of time. If you are willing to take some risk and buy stocks instead of mutual funds it is probable because you think you can make more return. If thats the case, look at the leverage ETFs.
3- ETFs (Exchange Traded Funds): Most ETFs represents a group of stocks like a mutual fund but trades like a stock all day long and that is the main reason why I like ETFs over mutual funds. There are some ETFs that represents Index’s. An Index is like S&P or DOW. Index’s operate just like a mutual fund with a group of stocks in deferent sectors, manage by professionals. You can’t buy Index’s because they are not for sell. A company owns them. But you can buy a mutual funds or an ETF that has the same stocks as the Index they represent. There are a lots of different kinds of ETFs for someone to choose from. Some have 1x leverage, some have 2x leverage for aggressive investors, and some has 3x leverage for more aggressive investors. And there are some that represent almost every kind of sector in the market place.

You can find several good brokers that charge $8.00 and under, per stock trade and no fee on Noload Funds. Most broker websites have good research tools. Some popular broker websites are Fidelity, TD Ameritrade, E-trade, Scottrade and others. I think you need a min. Of $500 (some sites $2,500) to open a broker account.

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Robert asks…

Day Trading Investing Stocks I Need Two Or Three Proven Strategies?

Hi

I have been Daytrading the Nasdaq, Amex, Nyse, BB and PK stocks using Etrades level 2 software. I have had success trading news stories, earnings Good/bad, Share Buybacks, gaps up and down, buyouts and FDA news approvals and non approved.

I have read dozens of books and been on courses regarding day Trading but the best trades I have made I have figured out myself. I Am Looking for more specific Individual ideas that others may have found successful.

For instance I watch the news feeds all day looking for key words in news that will trigger a price move or I’ll spot a loser and follow it for 2-3 days till it’s almost dead and then buy it as it bounces back, another good one is following the top 10 risers of the day till 10.10 am and then buy one that carries on it’s rise. So anybody got any Good Individual ideas I will appreciate it.

financi4 answers:

This is amazing, I have been wanting to hear about someone who is actually making money day trading! I’m in college and I haven’t had the chance nor the money to start yet but I would love to do this for a living. From my research, I found that the news about mergers & acquisitions, clinical trials, and all you mentioned sends stocks skyrocketing.

The website below has software that scans the news feeds for you specifically for day traders. It is programmed to look for the key words that causes big moves in stock prices. If there is any advice you could give me before I get started I would love to hear it.

Joseph asks…

How do I start investing in stocks?

Im 18 years old and I really want to start investing in stocks. I know you have to have money to invest in stocks but isn’t there some cheap sites for stocks for starters? I really want to do this. I also wanted to know, how do you earn money from it? Like I understand then I don’t understand it. Someone please help me out. I would really like to know ASAP!

financi4 answers:

Before you spend $0.01 on any security, you must know what you’re doing, why you’re doing it and how to do it.
And before you invest in any security, the first investment you should make is in yourself, and the best investment you can make is by educating yourself.
Start your education by learning why you should invest and the importance of being able to make your own decisions or how the pro’s make theirs.

Here is some reading material that can get you started in the right direction,
Beating the Street by Peter Lynch
Bulls Make Money, Bears Make Money, Pigs Get Slaughtered, by Gallea
From Riches to Rags, by I.C. Freeley
Millionaire Traders, Lein & Schlosberg
How to Make Money in Stocks” by William O’Neil
24 Essential Lessons for Investment Success by William O’Neil
The Intelligent Investor, by Benjamin Graham
Common Stocks, Uncommon Profits, by Philip A. Fisher
One Up on Wall Street by Peter Lynch
Stocks for the Long Run, by Jeremy Siegel
The Interpretation of Financial Statements by Benjamin Graham
The Warren Buffett Way by Robert Hagstrom
Trading for a Living, by Alexander Elder
What Works on Wall Street by James O’Shaunessey
You Can Be a Stock Market Genius by Joel Greenblatt
Your Money and Your Brain by Jason Zweig

Get into the habit of making daily visits to some websites like MSN Money and Yahoo Finance. (http://moneycentral.msn.com/home.asp , http://finance.yahoo.com/

Other website that can provide instructions and help with procedures and terminology are Investopedia – http://www.investopedia.com/ http://www.investorshub.com/
Visit some of the more professional websites like Zacks Research – http://www.zacks.com/ Smart Money – http://www.smartmoney.com/ Schaeffer’s http://www.schaeffersresearch.com/ Some of these web sites will have advertisers who are worth looking into also. And remember, if they offer free information, get it. Or you can meet others who are trading at http://www.moneyshow.com/main.asp

Attend all the free seminars you can, just be careful and don’t get pressured into anything you really don’t want or need. Most schools offer courses in finance and economics, but very few will have courses on the mechanics of the investment markets, if they do try taking the course. You may want to consider on-line courses, the New York Institute of Finance use to have such courses. Try to get some fee information from the stocks exchanges they all have (had) free booklets, SIAC and some of the regulators (FINRA SEC MSRB CBOE) may provide some free literature.

And when you think you want to invest/trade, try some paper trading to test your skills without spending you money http://simulatorinvestopedia.com/ and/or http://www.tradingsimulation.com/

You at least have made the right decision to start investing, this is the first big step and it won’t be your last. Keep taking those steps forward and along the way never take the advice from people that are not in the market or try to tell you not to invest.

Good luck on your journey, study hard and you’ll invest well.

Paul asks…

How does one start investing in stocks, such as Apple/Google?

I am only 19 and would like to start investing in some stocks. I don’t know how to do this. But I am not much of a gambler, so I would like to invest under 200. I saw I could buy Apple stock for 119, but I don’t trust the website. Any suggestions or comments???

financi4 answers:

To start buying share is as easy as opening an online trading account or register with a broker. And $200 is not enough. Put cash aside, what you need now is the knowledge on how to pick a good stock, how to calculate its intrinsic value as well as its margin safety; more or less Warren Buffet’s secret to his successful stock investing records.

Daniel asks…

How much money is needed to start investing in stocks?

I want to know what a reasonable amount is to start investing in stocks. I have lost money playing blackjack and also won in some trips out to the casino so i am not very worried about risk. I figure you have to go all out if you want something big in return. Also if you are a expert at investing please list the amount you invested and what you got in return. Thanks in advance.

financi4 answers:

As little as 1000 dollars. Sharebuilder.com

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