Alfred E. Newman
What! Me worry?
Many of you remember the cover of MAD magazine. It was one of my favorites. Alfred's only worry was about his front tooth. You and I have other problems.
The one big problem we all have is enough income to support our life style. Those who are approaching retirement or are retired will have to have enough cash or income from investments or pension plans to make it. We all know you can't live on Social Security alone.
Your broker, financial planner, banker, whoever you rely upon for financial advice will advise you to start saving and to make some sound and safe investments. Most of them will recommend stocks, mutual funds and bonds as well as having your home free and clear by the time you are ready to quit. All of that makes good sense. The only thing is what stocks, which bonds and whose mutual funds should you buy? That answer is very simple. Ones that go up, pay good dividends and don't go down. The latter is not so easy so you might have something to worry about.
Unlike Alfred, you can't sit back and not worry. So which ones? This is one you won't hear on Wall Street: It doesn't make any difference what you buy. Buying does not take too much brain power. The hard part is selling. The financial mavens don't tell you that the key to success in the stock market is selling. If you own a stock or fund that is not going up or is trending down it MUST be sold or you will lose your cash.
Recently dear old Mother Hubbard AT&T, the widows and orphans choice, has been put on the sell list by some of the big Wall Street brokerage companies. Momma Tel was trading at $100 and now is about $20, an 80% loss. Investors say, "I can't sell Telephone because my Mother, Grand Dad, someone left it to them they said it was a 'good' stock and they should keep it forever". Care to look at some of the "good" stocks you have in your portfolio that have lost a huge percentage of their value? People become emotionally attached to stocks that are failing miserably. The only thing worse that than a bad stock investment is a bad marriage. With a poor stock you can sell it and be rid of that sick feeling and all those worries.
Having been an exchange member and floor trader for 17 years I know that every professional trader will tell you that you must cut your losses short and let your profits run. Very few brokers will ever tell you to sell because they have not been taught how to protect investment money.
You don't have to be smarter than Alfred E. to get out of a loser. The simplest protection for your funds is a stop-loss order of about 10%. When your stock or mutual fund drops 10% or more from its highest price you should sell it and find a better more profitable place for your money.
What! Me worry? Yes, I think now is a good time to start.
Al Thomas' book, "If It Doesn't Go Up, Don't BuyIt!" has helped thousands of people make moneyand keep their profits with his simple 2-stepmethod. Read the first chapter athttp://www.mutualfundmagic.com and discover why he's the man that Wall Streetdoes not want you to know.
Buy and Hold Investment Philosophy
Wall Street has been preaching the doctrine of Buy and Hold forever. The worst part about it is the small investor (and some big ones) actually believe it. Brokers and financial planners believe it, but when you show them they can get a better return by timing the market they just say, "It can't be done". They are either lazy or stupid.
Prospering with Mutual Funds: How Anyone can ?Afford? an Investment Advisor
Recently I was invited to appear on a live CNNfn television show to discuss my article "How to evaluate Load vs. No Load Mutual Funds." (You can read that article on my website http://www.successful-investment.com/articles21.htm)
Oil Stocks CHK WLL - What Is Their Worth?
(1) CHK stock price $16.74, NAV $32.5
I Love You, Warren Buffet
Sometime around 1980, can't remember exactly, there was a flight of money from many countries to Switzerland. The clock makers had so much money pouring in that the banks took interest rates to zero and even for a period of time were actually making you pay ½% interest to them to put your money in their banks. Yes, it actually happened because people believed their money was going to be safe there. It was.
Mutual Fund Honor Roll ? Buy High, Sell Low by Chasing Performance
Buy high and sell low -- It's not a typo.
What Are You Waiting For?
Do you own any mutual funds? In an IRA or 401K or wherever. Privately or at work.
Will the Stock Market be Lower in October?
The stock market often closes a week in the middle of a "perceived primary-trend range." SPX closed at about 1,234 Fri, which is between a multi-year Fibonacci level at 1,253 (i.e. 38.2% retracement level from the peak in 2000 to the trough in 2002) and the 20 day MA at 1,212 (which was general support over a recent rally).
E-mini Day Trading - Day Trading for Beginners - Stock Market Timing Software
I mean it when I say that. While plastic silverware is fine for picnics and parties, it is totally inappropriate in a surgeon's hand with an open brain in front of him. Not only are plastic forks built incorrectly to perform delicate surgery, their cheap construction may actually cause further injury to the patient. I don't know about you, but I sure wouldn't want someone prodding around inside my head with one of those things!
Stock Market Investments
If there is one term over-used when talking about makinginvestments in the stock market I would think that termwould be: buy low, sell high.
Struggling Stocks, Booming Commodities
Four blind men were asked to give a description of an elephant. They had not seen one or ever encountered such a beast.
10 Tips For Creating Wealth From the Stock Market
1. Do not spread your money too thin.
Stock Options Trading Strategies - Lean
Professional stock options traders use the term lean to refer to one's perception about the directional strength of the stock. When you own a stock option and intend to hold it for a period of time, you are aware that you will probably be holding it while it goes up and while it goes down.
Whenever I see mutual fund comparisons in the trade publications and in the financial section of the newspaper they almost always mention a specific fund and tell you how good it is in relation to its peer group. A peer group is a specialized sector of mutual funds that all invest in about the same type of stocks or areas of the world or size of companies or some such categorization.
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. When you win some body else will lose and so forth, but that's NOT what's important.
Race Horses and Mutual Funds
For years investors have been taught to lookinto the composition of a mutual funds. In otherwords the "experts" want you to take the time toanalyze the stocks within the mutual fundportfolio, categorize them by industry group andtry to understand the objective of the fundmanager. This is nonsense.
Never Lose Money
Never lose money in the stock market again. Yeah, I know. Don't buy any stock, but that is not what I meant. There is a clear and easy way to protect your capital ? what you have now and what you might decide to buy in the future. And don't count on your broker to tell you this.
Defining a Long-Term Investment in the Stock Market
For some "long term" would mean holding a stock position over the weekend. For others, it may mean holding a security for at least 1 year for the purpose of declaring a long-term capital gain, thus saving on taxes.
Long Term Financial Vehicles
Investing in long-term financial vehicles give you the most gains but it also puts your funds at greater risk. There is much truth to the saying, "there is no gain if there is no risk". Still you can reduce your chances of losing your hard earned money, by researching and taking time to understand what you are buying. Would you purchase a house you've only just seen on the outside? Both of these are serious investments and you need to arm yourself with the basic knowledge about the subjects.
The Seven Mistakes All Novice Traders Make and How to Correct Them
We learnt the following the hard way! If any of these things applies to you, don't worry ? there is an easy solution!
|© Athifea Distribution LLC - 2013|