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Stocks -What Key Factor Separates A Winning Trader From A Losing Trader?

Stocks -What Key Factor Separates A Winning Trader From A Losing Trader?

Often, I receive requests from members of my stock market trading discussion group to give my views on technical analysis of stocks that they are watching. In the course of discussion, I discovered one common factor which separates the winning traders from the losing traders.

In general, both group of traders like to scan their lists of active stocks to uncover possible trading candidates. However, the traders in the winning group are specific about their trading, and have their entry and exit points well spelt out in a specific trading plan.

In their trading,they have precise entry and exit points…so that the trade is unemotional. After they have entered a trade, either they are correct and ride the trend or they are wrong and you exit with a loss that has been predetermined. There is nothing vague in their trading.

In contrast, those who are losing money in their trades invariably do not have a trading plan, or at least a semblance of a trading plan. This group of traders jump on tips provided by others without being able to check or verify the tips from some analysis, whether technical or fundamental. They do not have any idea of when to enter the trade or to exit with a stop loss.

Again, when the winning traders have computed their entry and exit and stop loss points, these traders can approach their
trading day with guarded optimism, watching whether an expected rally is on the cards or not. By watching pre-determined price points, the trader can know whether a rally has in fact begun and to start to trade in a more aggressive manner or to stop trading on wrong expectations which comes soeasily by being influenced by tips here and there. If the trade goes against them and hit their stop loss, they take their loss unemotionally and are out of the market, thus limiting their losses.

Remember, you involve hard earned money into your trading and investment.There is nothing VAGUE about trading. Every entry and exit points is calculated before hand to enable you to control your risk, if you are to become a successful trader.

Learn how to do this well and you will be a consistent trader. Test every tip and breathe specifics into your trades and you can make profits. In every profession, it is the specialist who makes the most money. Learn to excel in your trading and you will be profitable.

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When To Sell Penny Stocks

When To Sell Penny Stocks

Penny Stocks can be a very effective way to provide you with a secondary income. They can be used to create passive income because they do not require you to be constantly watching over them. The problem that most people have when it comes to stocks is – not knowing the right time to sell.

Penny Stocks can rise very quickly but they can also fall quickly too. The reason that most investors hold onto a stock is because the fail to separate their emotions from their actions.

All of your penny stocks buying and selling should, of course, be based on sound research both of the market and the companies’ recent history. How the company is doing in terms of profitability, whether they are just about to, or have just announced profits, losses or new patents, discoveries and products, can all affect your decision on whether, or not, to buy.

Knowing the right time to sell your penny stocks however can sometimes seem, as much an art as a science, although getting it wrong can be fatal. Many people seem to put all their research efforts into knowing what penny stocks to buy and when to buy them.

Investors seem to forget about researching to sell stocks. Instead, they let their emotions take control and sell at the wrong time. Investors selling at the “wrong time” fall into two categories. These categories are, The Runners and The Sitters.

The Runners like to take profit way too early. They see their Penny Stocks rise a little and sell because they don’t want to “risk too much”. I’ve seen it time and time again; these people set out to earn a 25% Return on Investment and end up taking profit at 1%. Someone who takes profit twice at 25% earns a lot more than someone who takes profit twice at 1%. Usually, as soon as they sell a penny stock, it will rise even further and they’ll be wondering why they sold so early.

The Sitters are the heavily emotionally involved in their penny stocks. They are gamblers at heart and just do not want to let go of a losing position because “it could bounce back any day now”. When they do let go of their Penny Stocks – there is virtually nothing left. The sitters like to sit on a losing position. They like buying but dislike selling.

Do you want to be a Runner or a Sitter? Well, I hope you are neither. You want to be a winner. A winner will separate their emotions from their investment thinking and will also research when buying and also when selling. They will buy and they are not afraid of selling.

There is great deal of profit to be made from trading in Penny Stocks. But you have to know not only what to buy but also how long to keep it and when the best time to sell. The answer, as with most things in the world of finance, is good information and research. But that doesn’t end when you buy. Find out why your penny stocks are rising and this will put you in a much better position to know when to sell.

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Day traders should only risk money they can afford to lose. The practice of trading shares on a daily basis for profit is called Day Trading. A Day trader commences the day by buying stocks and tries to sell all of them at the end of the day.

Day traders should only risk money they can afford to lose. The practice of trading shares on a daily basis for profit is called Day Trading. A Day trader commences the day by buying stocks and tries to sell all of them at the end of the day.

Learning how to daytrade is a process that takes time. A day trader must be realistic about the amount of work, discipline, tolerance to risk and luck that is needed to be successful. To day trade successfully requires good analytical skills, the ability to develop and follow a system, and stamina.

The most important question of a Trading System is how much to invest and how many positions to trade at the same time. Day traders are able to capture some of the spread through buying access to Direct-Access Broker systems, rather than by trading through retail brokers. You must believe in yourself when day trading.

Don’t believe any claims that trumpet the easy profits of day trading. One cannot expect to make money day trading. Day traders, both institutional and individual, play an important role in the marketplace by keeping the markets efficient and liquid.

Practice your day trading using a simulated trading system before using real money. Day trading has become an online phenomenon in the last year which has resulted in manuals and courses on how to successfully day trade. The key to consistently profitable day trading is having lots of different trades available. Is Day Trading Right For You?

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Why Forex Is A Better Investment Idea Than Stocks or Commodities

Why Forex Is A Better Investment Idea Than Stocks or Commodities

Forex, the Foreign Exchange Market, is a worldwide market for buying and selling foreign currencies. The major currencies that are traded include the U.S. Dollar (USD), Euro (EUR), British Pound (GBP), Canadian Dollar (CAD), Australian Dollar (AUD), Japanese Yen (JPY), and the Swiss Franc (CHF). The purpose of this article is not to go into the details of how Forex works, but to compare the benefits of trading in the Forex market versus trading the Equity (American stocks) or Futures markets (Commodities).

The Forex market is the largest market in the world with over 2 trillion dollars traded every day. This compares to the 200 billion dollars traded daily in the Equity and Futures market each. Because of this, the Forex market benefits from fairer prices, price stability, and better trade execution.

Forex has the advantage of being open 24 hours a day. The Forex market opens on Sunday afternoon and remains open until it closes on Friday afternoon. The Equity and Futures markets are only open Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. This gives Forex traders the opportunity to trade around their personal schedule. Also, liquidity in the Equity and Futures markets are reduced after regular trading hours.

When trading Forex, you will not incur the commissions or transaction fees that exist in the Equity and Futures markets. You pay a spread on the currency pair you are trading and costs are very low, especially when compared to the other markets.

Investment leverage in the Forex market can be as high as a 200:1 margin. In the Equity and Futures markets your average margin is 4:1. This means that you can control ,000 worth of currency with only a 50-dollar margin.

In the Equity and Futures markets, investors are expected to fund several thousand dollars to open a trading account. In the Forex market, you can open a mini account for only 300 dollars and begin trading.

In the Equity market, short selling is very risky and comes with limitations. In the Forex market, you are able to buy long or sell short any currency pair with no limitations or difference in risk.

As an investor in the Forex market, you are able to concentrate on only a few major currencies. There are seven major currencies yielding four major currency pairs that most Forex investors concentrate on. Whereas in the Equity market, investors have over 40,000 stocks to choose from when contemplating where to invest their money.

There are many factors to consider when deciding on which market you want to spend your time and money. The Forex market provides many benefits over the other major investment markets that will allow you, the investor, to make larger profits, take less risk, and spend more time with your personal life and less time investing.

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Stocks Look Pricey

Stocks Look Pricey

The first quarter of 2006 is over. Now is a good time to reflect on stock prices and the opportunities they present.

Bargains are scarce. Equities are expensive. In recent weeks, I’ve heard several fund managers say valuations are still attractive. I don’t agree. Generally speaking, valuations are unattractive. Returns on equity are higher than historical levels. A market-wide return on equity of 15% is unsustainable. Price-to-earnings ratios may not fully reflect how expensive stocks are. Price-to-book ratios are more alarming.

There are two additional concerns. Most discussions of the relative attractiveness of equities focus on the S&P 500 and forward earnings. The S&P 500 is not the most representative index. It may not be the best index to consider when looking at market-wide valuations.

Forward earnings are (necessarily) estimates. Where current returns on equity are unsustainable, projected earnings that use similar returns on equity may overstate the earnings power of equities in general. This can occur even where the estimates appear reasonable given current earnings. If you start with unsustainable base earnings, you are likely to overestimate future earnings even if you truly believe you are assuming very modest earnings growth.

Assets in general are pricey. Value investors have few places to turn if they continue to insist upon a true margin of safety.

Bonds are unattractive. Long-term inflation risks make U.S. treasury, corporate, and municipal bonds a fool’s bet. There is little to gain and much to lose. The know-nothing investor who buys a top-quality bond today and holds it for decades may very well find his purchasing power diminished.

There may be some select opportunities in foreign equities. But, these are difficult to evaluate. Foreign government obligations are also difficult to evaluate, but that isn’t much of a problem for value investors, because most foreign government debt is priced to perfection. You’ll have to be willing to take a lot of uncompensated risks if you want to own such bonds.

Of course, there are exceptions to every rule. There may be a few bonds out there that are attractive. There certainly are a few attractive stocks out there. But, even those stocks that look very attractive relative to their peers don’t look nearly as attractive when compared to past bargains.

Value investors face a difficult choice. They can assume stock prices will return to historical levels, and hold cash until the correction comes. Or, they can accept the reality they currently face.

There is no logical reason stock prices must necessarily return to historical levels. During the twentieth century, real after-tax returns in diversified groups of common stocks were very high relative to other investment opportunities. There have been various reasons given for why this occurred. Many have said these returns were possible, because of the higher risks involved in holding equities. Over the long-term, risks were somewhat higher than today’s investors seem to remember, but they were hardly severe enough to justify the kind of performance spreads that existed during much of the twentieth century.

True, if you bought at inopportune times, it was possible to remain in a fairly deep hole for a fairly long time. But, if you gave no real consideration to the timing of your purchases or the prospects of the underlying enterprises, you did better than many bondholders who chose their investments with the utmost care.

This is a disconcerting problem. It may be that most investors are overly sensitive to the risk of an immediate “paper” loss in nominal terms, and therefore overlook the much greater risk of a gradual loss of purchasing power. Issuing fixed dollar obligations may be the best bet for any business or government that seeks to swindle investors.

For the sake of the common stockholders, I hope many of the best businesses continue to issue such obligations when money is cheap. Corporate debt gets a bad name, because it tends to be overused by those who don’t need it and shouldn’t want it (and, of course, by those businesses that do need it but won’t survive even if they get it). The businesses that would benefit the most from the use of debt usually appear to have more cash than they could ever need. But, it’s best to think ahead. For truly high quality businesses, the cost of capital will fluctuate far more wildly than the likely returns on capital.

If, during the last hundred years, stocks really were far cheaper than they should have been, is there any reason to believe stock prices will return to past levels? The past is often a pretty good predictor of the future – but, not always. It’s difficult to say whether, over the next few decades, valuations will, on average, be higher or lower than they are today. However, it isn’t all that difficult to say whether, at some point over the next few decades, valuations will be higher or lower than they are today. The answer to that question is almost certainly yes. They will be higher and they will be lower. Maybe for a few years or a few months. Maybe for a full decade. I don’t know.

What I do know is that value investors will have opportunities to make investments with a true margin of safety. But, should they wait?

That’s the most difficult question. Today, I am not finding opportunities that look particularly attractive when compared to the best opportunities of past years. But, I am still able to find a few (in fact, a very few) situations where the expected annual rate of return is greater than 15%.

That will be more than enough to beat the market. It will also likely be enough to provide a material increase in after-tax purchasing power. That’s not guaranteed, but it hardly seems holding cash would offer the better odds in this regard.

So, is an expected annual rate of return of 15% good enough? Is it reasonable to bet on the good opportunity that is currently available instead of waiting for the great opportunity that may yet become available?

I’ll leave that for you to decide.

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Fade The Gap And Make $$’s Every Day In Stocks

Fade The Gap And Make $ $ ‘s Every Day In Stocks

Avery Horton “The Rumpled One” is a traders’ trader who makes a great income day trading a very simple day trading method called “fading the gap.”

If you could trade a method that took you less than 30 minutes to perform in the morning for .30 to profit with 80% accuracy….would you trade it?

When you can trade 1,000+ shares in a stock that is 0 to ,000 profit on each successful trade EVERY DAY.

Here are some of the emails I have received from Avery recently:

1) See all the gaps that have filled within 30 minutes

2) Even where the gap hasn’t filled, there’s money to be made
What I mean by statistics is how many times during the last 100 days a stock has gone up at list $ .10, $ .20, … .00 or more from open to high:

Mark, I like to keep things simple… 1000 shares * $ .12 profit / share = 0. After commissions, I net 0. Basically, this is a 0 bill printing press.


See all those filled gaps?!?!?!

You would have made over .00 per share on every trade! The QQQQ doesn’t count, I just use it to gauge the market. But it, too, filled the gap…LOL!

Compare the middle indicator to before… see how much trading each cross can net you?

It really is simple, Mark. I think you can “feel” it… can’t you?

- Avery

Hi Mark:

1) Let’s say a trader starts with ,000 and trades 1000 shares. If the trader nets 0 a day pretax on ONE TRADE, with 22 trading days a month that’s ,200 in about 30 minutes or less per day.

Ok..that’s enough for now. I have picked The Rumpled One’s mind clean over the past week nailing down his “fade the gap method.” I am actually amazed he gave away so much information so freely.

So get you FREE “Fade The Gap Day Trading Method” Now by entering your name and email address. You will need to read your email address in order to go to the download page and access the method.

Get it now and start milking those “daily” profits tomorrow.

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Stocks Trading And How To Achieve Success

Stocks Trading And How To Achieve Success

Money is the root of all evil but still, you can’t deny the fact that you need money in order to survive in this world. Without money, you can’t buy food, shelter, clothing, and the other necessities of life. If you want to live comfortably, you must have a stable source of income. Aside from your job, you can also earn additional income through stocks trading.

If you want to be successful in stocks trading, you must be involved in day trading because that’s one way of earning huge profits. For those people who don’t like long term investments, day trading might work for you. By investing in day trading, you can expect the profits to be reflected in your account the soonest possible time. This is also the reason why day trading is very much popular these days.

Like other trades, day trading also involves risks. If it is possible to earn huge profits in one day, the chances of losing huge investments are enormous as well. As a trader, you’re not expected to remain active at all times. Did you know that with a very good negotiation strategy, you can earn huge money in seconds, minutes, and hours? That is indeed possible but it will take time. You should not rush things when you’re studying the market. Take your time because after careful and thorough market analysis, you can make a good deal. It’s up to you whether you will only make one transaction per day or several transactions.

Studying market trends is also very important. Some value of stocks tends to rise continuously and if this is the case, a trader may buy the stock with the hope of selling it at a much higher price later on.

Before making any transaction, there are things to consider like:

1.Stocks can be very unpredictable. If you want to buy a stock and hope to sell it at a higher price, you need to monitor or check the computer often. Frequent observation is needed so that you can make an informed decision. Your internet connection should be reliable so that you won’t lose in any of your transactions.

2.Beware of day trading because even if you earn huge profits today, there is still a possibility of losing even a larger amount in the days to come. If you’ve committed mistakes in the past, you need to learn from them. Risking your investments is not a good idea so try to be very careful with all your transactions, online or offline.

3.You must be patient. Again, you must always take your time and don’t be hasty with your buying or selling decisions. If you’re unsure of a certain transaction, get out immediately.

Indeed, day stocks promises a lot of profit to those who are willing to take risks but this doesn’t mean that they can simply make uneducated decisions. Investing in day stocks requires careful thought and analysis of the market trends, along with other factors.

Try to consider the things mentioned earlier especially of you’re into day trading. Beginners need all the help they can get because day trading is not very easy. Gather as much information as you can about day trading. You can find a lot of information about stocks trading online. Start your research now so that you will know how to conduct day trading and understand the processes involved.

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Low Risk Stocks

Low Risk Stocks

Stocks are a great way to secure your family’s financial future. From braces, to college, to weddings, and retirement you will find a way to pay for all of these things and a few of life’s unexpected emergencies along the way. For this reason many people have an inner battle as to whether it is a better idea to invest a little more aggressively or conservatively in order to get the most for their money. The problem with low risk investments for many is the fact that lower risks typically render lower yields. This means that there is less money to work with when that important day comes (at least in theory). Of course if you take a few larger risks along the way you still risk having less when the time comes to cash in your nest egg and rely upon it for a living or to take care of the needs we encounter along the way.

Common low risk investments include mutual funds and certificates of deposits though there are many stocks that would be considered low risk. Those would be the giants of industry that have withstood various tests of time and have come out no worse for wear as a result. It is important to remember that low risk doesn’t indicate that the investments you are making carry no risk. There is no such thing as a no risk investment though these mentioned above carry far fewer risks than some of the more volatile markets in which one could choose to invest.

Another low risk investment for many is to go with childhood favorites such as Hershey, Mattel, GE, and other stocks that have been around for a very long time and have become almost a household name. The longevity of these companies makes them attractive for those looking for long term, low risk investments. They are relatively steady experience growth that often goes hand in hand with inflation. They do not generally experience the roller coaster ride that many stocks on various exchanges may go through so they are definitely not fodder for the manipulations of day traders. They are instead solid investments that while not flashy in their offerings are stable and that is something that low risk investors admire in stocks.

Certificates of deposit (CDs) have been known to offer significantly better rates of returns than many mutual funds and most interest rates for savings plans. If you are going to go the route of a mutual fund you either need to carefully consider how conservative you want your mutual fund to be (more aggressive funds can make more money than the average CD but you’ll need to carefully consider which will be best for your financial goals) before deciding which is the better option of the two for you.

If you choose to go with mutual funds there are several types from which to choose. You need to decide from the beginning if you prefer a mutual fund that will give you a monthly income now or if you want a mutual fund that is dedicated to slow growth and a constantly increasing value. You will want a mutual fund that pays out a certain amount of money each month as you near retirement. Until then it is in your best interest to avoid those, as there is very little, if any, growth in the value of these funds.

Investing in the stock market is taking a risk. For some people investing in the market is a leap of faith while others are more confident taking baby steps towards their financial goals and future plans. Whatever type of investor you may be you will find some value in having at least some mutual funds and lower risks investments included in your portfolio. If you do not have any in your portfolio at the moment, there is no time like the present to include them.



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Trading Stocks Online – Dabbling in Stocks as a Career

Trading Stocks Online – Dabbling in Stocks as a Career

Thanks to the booming markets, there is a steep rise in the number of people entering the world of stocks. Usually, people who are not acquainted with the nuances of trading stocks are also jumping the bandwagon.

Of course, they seek the assistance of a conventional stock broker or even well wishers who will guide them about which company’s stocks are likely to soar or drop.

Before moving in, determine whether you are in for a short term or for a long haul. Short term would be like buying a lottery and expecting a jackpot.

You may get lucky, of course, but the odds are slim to the point of invisible. Law of percentages will catch up with you even if there is a streaky stroke of luck here and there.

Moving in for a long term makes sense and yes, a lot many people have made careers out of stock markets. And they are successful too. If you have the expertise, investing money, and patience then welcome aboard. There’s a successful career to be made out here!

Making a career out of the stock market is a lucrative option. You are your own boss, almost negligible infrastructure, and running expense.

Although you don’t need to have a Masters in computers, you need to be net savvy for trading stocks online. You should also be able to handle technical hurdles like a faulty modem, a very slow internet connection, high net traffic and lack of certain equipment, etc.

But again, you have to be confident and prepared or otherwise, let the numbers gazing be just a part-time option.

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Day Trading Penny Stocks – Is It Really Worth The Risk?

Day Trading Penny Stocks – Is It Really Worth The Risk?

Is day trading penny stocks really a wise move for your investment activity? Many people are wary of this activity, and with good reason. While you certainly do hear the glamour stories of the many investors who’ve made fortunes with penny stocks, you often times don’t hear about the thousands who’ve lost a ton of money in the process.

Penny stocks are notorious for enabling you to make either huge gains or losses overnight. Many people hear stories about somebody who made a million dollars in a couple days day trading penny stocks, and become so enamored with that they don’t realize these same investors (gamblers, really) most often lose all that money soon after.

Believe it or not, penny stocks are nothing more, nothing less than glorified gambling. Yes, there are some investors who can make a lot of money with this avenue, but only if they are absolutely sure of what they are doing. The reason for their volatility is simple: every one of these companies that are trading for les than per share got into the situation for a reason.

Usually, it was either bad management, poor economics, or a combination. Therefore, you’d better have a good reason for thinking a turnaround is about to occur before laying your money down.

The main reason day trading penny stocks is so risky is that it doesn’t take much to affect your investment. For instance, if you buy in at .25 cents, and the stock goes up to .50 cents, you’ve just doubled your investment just by a .25 cent gain! Of course, the same risks apply for it going down.

While a .25 cent swing for most stocks would be hardly noticeable, for penny stocks they can be either mega profitable or suicidal. Therefore, if you do plan on entering the exciting, non-stop action world of penny stocks, you need to be absolutely sure you are an expert at looking at a company and spotting a turnaround possibility.

Think about this: most of the world’s top investors have gotten to the point they are at by investing in good stocks that have exhibited a long term of profitability. When you invest in penny stocks, you voluntarily take yourself out of that realm and focus only on companies that have proven they can’t turn a profit. Yes, sometimes miracles or turnarounds do occur, but not very often.

If you do plan on entering this world of day trading penny stocks, you need to become an expert at spotting companies you are sure will turn things around, and jump in at the right time. No, making money with penny stocks is certainly not impossible, but you must know what you’re doing, and monitor your investments closely at all times.

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