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I continually hear from economists, talking heads, other market letter writers, analysts and assorted "experts" that I need to know all kinds of "stuff" about the stocks and mutual funds I am going to buy and I should keep up with them on a regular basis.
What is this important "stuff"?
Let's see. Oh, I know. Price to Earning ratio, P/E. That's always a big one on almost everyone's list. Simply put it is how many years it will take a company's earning to pay back the price today. It can be from five to infinity if it is not earning anything. Today there are many companies that have P/Es in excess of 50. That's 50 years to earn back your investment. Kinda steep, don't you think? For years the average has been 14 or 15. Today it is about 28 to 30 depending on who is counting.
A stock selling at 14 P/E is fairly valued by "experts", but if the stock is going down is that still a "fair" value? Do you want to buy something that is a fair value, but looks like it will sell for less in a few months?
Then there are all kinds of things market analysts like to look for and talk about such a gross sales, net profit, management experience, competition, industry sector, price/volume relationship, interest rates, rate of inflation and I could go on for a couple of pages, but you get the idea. When, and if, you do this type of analysis you will find most of the numbers don't agree with each other to give you a clear idea of whether to buy or sell. It is like trying to pick a button out of a washing machine during wash cycle. The more you look the more confused you become.
Brokerage companies want you to try to use all this "stuff". They encourage you to become confused. That way if you pick a stock that goes down they don't take any blame. "The market is very complex" is their favorite phrase. Whether you win or lose they make money in commissions.
If this "stuff" is of no value in stock selection (and it isn't) then how are you to find stocks that go up? It is so simple that brokers don't want you to know. In fact, most of them don't know. Here is the answer. Find a stock or better yet a mutual fund that is going up. Is that too easy?
There is a basic law of physics that says a body in motion will remain in motion in the same direction until disturbed by another force. The Law of Inertia. This same principle can be applied to the stock market.
Find a stock or mutual fund that is going up and buy it. When the direction changes to down (or even sideways) sell.
You don't need all that "stuff".
Al Thomas' book, "If It Doesn't Go Up, Don't Buy It!" has helped thousands of people make money and keep their profits with his simple 2-step method. Read the first chapter at http://www.mutualfundmagic.com and discover why he's the man that Wall Street does not want you to know.
Mutual funds are doing more and more to discourage investors from leaving them and taking their money to a better performing fund. What does better performing mean? It has nothing to do with who the manager is, what the expense ratio is or how well they performed over the past 5 or 10 years.
What Can Model Airplanes Teach You About Trading?
I was devastated!I just couldn't believe it. I was 10 years old and my dreams were shattered.
You read and hear a lot about hedge funds. Unfortunately, most of what you hear is negative because it comes from the major media that has an interest in reporting negatives about them because the major media is supported by so-called standard mutual funds and brokerage companies that spend big bucks for advertising.
Quality Investment Information: Standing Firm In the Face of Opposition
THERE'S SOMETHING TO BE SAID FOR standing firm in the face of opposition. Interestingly, most of the best stock decisions have come at times when the mainstream is saying precisely the opposite.
A Penny for Your Stocks
According to Investopedia Inc. the penny stock market has seen phenomenal growth this past decade.
The Inside Scoop on Mutual Fund Rip Offs
The bear market that showed up at the end of 2000 has every brokerage house-as well as the entire mutual fund industry-scrambling to find creative ways to boost both their image and bottom line. Unfortunately, this is often at the investors' expense.
Alfred E. Newman
What! Me worry?Many of you remember the cover of MAD magazine. It was one of my favorites.
The Big Bad Bear
The big bad bear is stirring again. So far he has stretched, yawned and peaked out of his cave.
Is Your Garage Full Of Junk?
I have a 2-car garage. There are nice shelves on one side and a good practical workbench with a vice on the other side.
What the Hell is a Stock option?
A 'stock option' is a contract between two parties giving the buyer (also known as the 'taker') the right, but not the obligation, to either buy or sell a specific quantity of shares at a pre-agreed price (known as the 'strike price' or 'exercise price') by a certain future 'expiry' date. There are two different types of options that can be traded, known as 'call options' and 'put options'.
As one of my regular readers you know I have been a stock market bear for the past 2 years and have encouraged everyone to put their money into a money market account or a short-term no-load bond fund and for the more adventurous what is called a bear mutual fund that goes up when the market goes down. Just being in cash as outlined in my book would have saved 40% or more of your money.
As an investor you will want to check out any equity before you buy it. Many investors go to Morningstar that is one of the largest providers of mutual fund information in the world.
Its A Bull, Its A Bear, Its Suptertrader!
The higher the market goes the more confusing are the "experts". In the September 14 issue of Investor's Business Daily newspaper we find the great prognosticators such as:Sheldon Jacobs, editor of No-Load Fund Investor newsletter quoted that he is recommending having more cash in your portfolio.
How To Beat The Mutual Fund Companies At Their Own Game
You'd have had to be living on a desert island with no TV, newspaper or internet connection to have missed hearing about the great mutual fund scandal of 2003.The issue was that some mutual fund companies allowed certain hedge funds to engage in after-hours trading, sometimes incorrectly referred to as market timing.
Hill of Hope
Just about now everyone is confused as to which way the stock market is going to go - up or down. For the past 3 years it has been headed south, but the Wall Street experts have told us that the market never goes down 4 years in a row so this has to be an up year.
The Cub; II
We keep hearing about this bear market and that the bottom is "in" or "very close" so we should be invested in these bargain basement prices to take advantage of the next bull so we won't lose out on the expected huge profits.This is not a big bear market - yet.
Stock Market System ... ONLINE STOCK TRADING ... Beyond Day Trading Basics & Tips
Day trading is all about making buy and sell decisions. When you make a trade either your going to lose money or your going to make money, and some other times you will break even.
Dont Lose All Your Money
That sounds like good advice doesn't it? Don't lose all your money.After all what is an investor without funds in the brokerage account? Hint: BROKE!On the subject of investing, this means getting out of a trade when it goes against you.
Stock Market Investing: Knowing When (and when not) to Sell
One of the greatest challenges of investing in stocks is developing a "sell discipline". Some of the most adept investors struggle with the decision of when to sell.
There has been great condemnation recently because China has been selling its goods on the world market at prices below what other countries, especially the U.S.
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