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An Impending Financial Earthquake Is Coming. Is Your Stock Portfolio Prepared?

An Impending Financial Earthquake Is Coming. Is Your Stock Portfolio Prepared?

Your Investment Choices Now Will Determine Whether You Lose Great Wealth or Build Great Wealth in the Near Future.

Within the next 5 to 10 years, there is an extremely strong possibility that a Peak Investment Crisis will hit all regions of the world. I uncovered the likelihood for this crisis because my investment strategies do not rely on crunching numbers or charting technical patterns, but on uncovering money trails among the most powerful political, financial and corporate institutions in the world. Statistics and numbers are constantly manipulated and are frequently less than truthful. That’s why millions of investors that rely solely on fundamental analysis never build wealth.

However, the money trail does not lie. How you position your portfolio now will determine whether you will build wealth beyond your greatest expectations or whether you will have to postpone retirement and struggle for the next couple of decades.

Did you know that immediately before the Great Depression hit the United States, that U.S. stock markets had skyrocketed for about a decade straight and that unemployment was less than 1%? Did you know that immediately prior to the 1997 Asian Financial Crisis that hit the Southeast Asian “tigers”, and in particular, Indonesia, South Korea and Thailand, South East Asian economies were booming with high single to low double-digit growth rates as foreign investment flooded these markets?

In fact, immediately prior to the Great Depression, the outlook for the U.S. economy, at least on the surface, could not possibly have been better back then. But when the tide turned, investors got smacked in the face by a 2,000-pound bear and lost their fortunes overnight. And in Thailand, immediately prior to 1997, economic conditions were so rosy that the overall economic giddiness sparked a real estate boom, the evidence of which can still be seen today, more than a full decade later.

However, despite everyone’s giddiness back then, when the crisis hit, Thai currency lost more than 50% of its value in just six months and businesses failed left and right! Just drive through Bangkok, and you will easily spot empty shells of half-constructed office buildings and luxury residential buildings sprinkled throughout the city. When the crisis hit and funds to complete them dried up, these yet unfinished projects had to be abandoned

In reality, though the conditions that caused both of these crises had been developing steam for many years, all the average investor saw was the result, the loud crash that occurred when the steam blew the head gasket. In both instances, though the great majority of people lost massive amounts of wealth, the very savviest of investors actually built great wealth during these times.

And just like during past economic crises, this Peak Investment Crisis will undoubtedly present one of the best opportunities of our lifetime for savvy investors to also build great wealth in the near future. Clearly, an economic earthquake of great magnitude can happen again, and when many indicators below the surface point to such an occurrence as an extremely high possibility, only the most unwise of investors would do nothing to prepare for it. In fact, I would argue that this brewing Peak Investment Crisis is even more dangerous than either of the two financial crises I have previously mentioned because this one is more likely to affect the global economy on a much more significant scale.

Why?

Since 1997, hedge funds and financial derivative instruments have exploded, growing into cumulative market sizes that exceed hundreds of trillions of dollars. During the 1997 crisis, the total global scale of these financial instruments was like a baby monkey back then compared to their King Kong-size today. This explosive growth in financial instruments has linked asset classes, industries, and global markets like never before, allowing a fiscal crisis in one region to have a much more pronounced domino effect in global markets today. So whereby in the past, a small rock that dropped on top of a snowdrift might have caused a local financial disaster that trickled down to other economies, this same rock today is capable of creating an epic global financial avalanche. And what makes this crisis near inevitable is that the rock that is about to drop is no small stone, but instead a massive boulder.

How to Ensure that You Build a Great Fortune in the Stock Market Instead of Losing it When This Crisis Hits

For the reasons discussed in this article, 90% of investors will fall into one of two categories over the next 5 to 10 years and beyond. They will either build great wealth or lose much of their wealth. Due to the global scale of this imminent crisis, there will be very few investors that won’t fall into one of the two extreme categories of building great wealth or being mired in financial catastrophe. How do you ensure that you are on the proper side of the fence?

The answer is to manage your own money, period. No ifs, ands, or buts.

Handing your money to a global investment firm is fine if you have already built your wealth and are no longer interested in continuing to build it, but even then, you are still likely to lose great amounts of wealth when this crisis hits. And what if this crisis never materializes? Even though we strongly believe that conditions today make this crisis near inevitable, even if by some miraculous intervention of various world governments, it does not happen, learning how to manage your own money will still give you a great chance of achieving 20% to 25% or more annual returns year after year. And if this crisis materializes as we expect, well then, during this time, your returns should leave 20% to 25% annual returns in the dust.

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How A Forex Or Stock Broker Can Help You Succeed

How A Forex Or Stock Broker Can Help You Succeed

A Forex broker or Stock broker will be of great importance to you In every investor’s life the “broker” is a figure of prime importance. It is through him that all securities transactions are handled; there is no way you can buy or sell stocks listed on any national exchange except through his services.

In the trade, he is known as a registered representative, a title that has now supplanted the old designation, “customer’s man.” He is a registered employee of a brokerage firm, preferably one which is a member of the New York Stock Exchange. He is not a broker as such, but is the liaison between you, the customer, and the firm’s commission broker who executes orders on the exchange floor.

What He Does

The representative’s job is to extend to investors all the services of his firm. He will, first of all, transmit your orders to buy or sell securities stocks or bonds, listed or unlisted (over-the-counter), domestic or foreign, in round lots, odd lots, or piecemeal through the Monthly Investment Plan. He will also buy or sell rights or warrants which, in simplest terms, are options to purchase a certain number of shares of a stock issue. He will arrange the purchase or sale of commodity futures grains, coffee, cotton, soybeans, whatever you are interested in.

He will place any type of order you specify: at the market, limit, stop. He will buy on margin or arrange a short sale.

He will be available for consultation on the merits of particular stocks or industrial groups, or for analysis of your entire portfolio. He will supply stock studies, newsletters, market analyses, and whatever other literature his firm issues. He will hold your securities for you in the firm’s vault, collect your stock dividends or bond interest, and send you a periodic statement on any shares held for your ac¬count.

His fee: the standard commission you pay on the purchase or sale of securities. There are no other charges for his services (although you will pay interest, naturally, on money you borrow from him for a margin purchase).

What He Doesn’t

Your representative will not and should not serve as a stock market tout or tipster. Unless you request him to, he will not volunteer advice on buying or selling. He will not choose for you between two stocks that seem equally attractive. He will not hustle you into the market and then sell you out; the fast turn-around is not his way of doing business.

What a Brokerage House Is Like

Brokerage houses are pretty much like offices everywhere, except for the presence of the fascinating paraphernalia of the market. The customers’ room in the usual large brokerage house has a quotation board on one wall. The arrangement of items may vary, but basically they all offer the same data.

For each stock listed—and it is a pretty large board that shows much more than the leaders in any particular group— the quote board will indicate the present and past year’s high and low, the previous day’s opening, high, low, and closing prices, and the successive prices of the current day’s sales.

There may also be a panel of commodity prices. Very likely there will be either a ticker machine or a projection of its tape on a screen which enlarges the figures sufficiently for them to be read across the room. There may also be a Dow-Jones ticker which taps out news, statistics, and whatever economic and financial information the extensive D-J organization may dig up.

Generally, chairs or benches are ranged in front of the quote board so that customers may take their ease while learning what the new day brings.

This is all for your convenience. Of course, you can get the same information simply by phoning your broker, but his office welcomes your visit.

What you do not see is your firm’s research department, accounting department, and vault—though you can if you wish. The research department consists of a staff of securities analysts who study and report on the performance and prospects of various stocks. Many analysts hit the road frequently to examine companies firsthand.

Some specialize in oils, others in railroads or utilities. Much of their work is continuing study of one company after another, but they are also available for specific analyzes at a customer’s request. (No one will do a special run-down on duPont to see whether you should buy 10 shares, however!)

The accounting department is, of course, responsible for keeping track of the thousands of transactions completed, and for maintaining records of each customer’s position.

Many brokerage houses are also investment banking firms, prepared to share in underwriting new securities issued by companies seeking more capital. As will be explained in more detail further on, a company issuing stock does not sell directly to the public. It sells the entire issue to a syndicate of underwriters, which resells it at a small mark-up, or “spread,” to the public.

In this case, no commission is charged because the broker’s expenses and profit on the distribution are included in the premium you pay. (When 10.2 million common shares of Ford Motor Company were issued in 1956, the largest distribution in financial history, they were sold to a syndicate of more than 700 underwriters at per share.

The price to the public was .50 per share or a spread of .50. As spreads go, this was very small—even though it meant a total of ,300,000 to the syndicate.)

Brokerage houses may also “take a position” in a stock. This simply means that partners or officers, or the brokerage company itself, may follow their own advice and buy one stock or another. Since the subsequent performance of these stocks may depend on how many other people become interested in them, brokerage houses scrupulously report their holdings to the public.

As a customer, you can then decide whether Blank stock is a good buy because your smart broker has a piece, or whether his report on Blank is tinged with undue enthusiasm because he holds it.

If you are using a Forex broker he will be doing a similar job for you, but he will sell you the currency pairs you are interested in.

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The Risks In The U.S. Stock Markets Nobody Wants To Discuss

The Risks In The U.S. Stock Markets Nobody Wants To Discuss

When it comes to investing, nothing kills good returns more than nationalism. And nationalism rules at large investment firms.

As of March, 2007, the major U.S. stock market index, the S&P 500 stands, at a notch above 12,000 stands below the 1,250 level it stood at seven and a half years ago. So over seven and a half years if your portfolio has tracked the S&P 500’s index as most U.S. professional money managers aim to do, you have slightly less money, in absolute terms than you had seven and a half years ago. In terms of purchasing power, with the rapid deflation of the dollar, your same amount of dollars buys much less today. That’s a whole lot of waiting for a whole lot of nothing.

And that’s the good news.

The bad news is, as of 2007, the performance of the U.S. stock market is likely to become even worse for the rest of this decade. Why? For starters, check out the poor credit quality of thousands of American companies, many of which like the American consumer, seem to be overleveraged in debt.

Standard & Poors, a highly respected financial services firm that ranks the credit ratings of corporations all over the world, released a report on May 24, 2006 that declared a “Downgrade Potential Across Credit Grades and Sectors.” Standard and Poors covers corporations based in Asia/Pacific, Canada, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Latin America, and the U.S.

This report stated that 85% of the corporations at risk for a potential downgrade in their credit rating (a rating that judges the corporation’s ongoing financial viability) were based in the U.S. or Europe, with the majority (61%) based in the U.S.

A breakdown by sector looks even worse. 80% of the corporations at risk within the automotive industry for a credit downgrade, 88% within the consumer product industry, and 88% of the retail/restaurant industry were all BASED IN THE U.S.

And don’t think that these statistics are skewed because the U.S. constitutes the largest percentage of the global stock market capitalization. According to a February, 2006 Forbes Online report, 75% of all publicly traded companies are non- U.S. based corporations.

But back to my opening statement:

When it comes to investing, nothing kills good returns more than nationalism. And nationalism rules at large investment firms.

To illustrate this point, it’s not just the small cap stocks, but also the large cap stocks of foreign countries that don’t trade on the stock exchanges of other countries. The overwhelming majority of clients at large investment firms don’t hold some of the leading, most innovative, most well-managed and fastest growing companies simply because these stocks are not traded on their domestic stock markets. For example, Samsung, a Korean company that is a world leader in high-end electronic goods, and LVMH (Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy) a French company that is a world leader in luxury brand goods including Pucci, Fendi, Tag Heuer, Sephora, Dom Perignon, Moet & Chandon, Givenchy, DKNY, and Hard Candy do not even trade on American stock exchanges. And it’s not just the American stock exchanges. These two companies don’t trade on a lot of Asian stock exchanges either.

To buy them, you either have to open up a foreign trading account or purchase them through market makers that have been known to mark the price of foreign stocks up by as much as 15%. This means on a round trip buy and sell of the stock, you’ve lost 30% already. While mark-ups this high are generally rare, it does happen. And most times, because brokers don’t do the research to discover what they’re trading at on the foreign exchanges, they pay these outrageous mark-ups without even realizing that they are doing so.

Sure, your financial consultant may have recommended that you start buying heavily into foreign markets, so you may say that I’m wrong. But think about when this happened. After there was major instability in your domestic markets or before? Was it a pro-active or re-active decision? If it was a reactive decision, it’s still better than no reaction, but still this means that there is no forward-thinking about these types of decisions at all. Furthermore, how is your financial consultant gaining exposure to foreign markets for you? Through crappy investment vehicles like mutual funds that get hammered with every correction or through investments in strong individual stocks? In addition, many times financial consultants at investment firms ignore outstanding companies merely because their firm does not provide analyst reports of this company for them to read.

When the conflict in the Middle East between Israel and Lebanon reached a peak in 2006, I remembered reading an article that stated that money was beginning to flow back into the U.S. dollar for investors seeking a safe haven for their money. Articles like this amaze me due to the complete lack of understanding journalists have about certain economic conditions. Just as they keep telling investors that the U.S. markets are the safest stock markets in the world, they’ll keep telling investors that the U.S. dollar is the safest currency to own – but that’s an entirely different article for another day.

Want to truly find the safest havens for your money?

Then learn how to invest yourself for you are more likely to be led astray as long as you continue to listen to financial journalists or allow someone else to manage your money.

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Tell Me About Offshore Stock Trading And Online Banking?

Tell Me About Offshore Stock Trading And Online Banking?

When you are thinking about offshore stock trading and online banking you might consider The Commonwealth of Dominica. Dominica offers one of the best tax havens, and offer offshore banking and asset protection in total secrecy. Dominica has some of the newest offshore legislation in the world and is more advanced than most other jurisdictions, technologically.

All offshore bank accounts will be opened in the name of your offshore company, with help from their law offices and Dominica’s new company formation process. Your International Business Company will be incorporated with the documents sent back to you by courier within a few days. You may have bearer shares with only one director of your company for incorporation.

You will also have your choice of offshore banks in 5 jurisdictions, including Dominica, for offshore stock trading and online banking. You will have internet access to your account from anywhere in the world. You will also receive free brokerage account documents as part of your account package.

Why should you choose an offshore stock trading, online banking, offshore company in Dominica? You will need only one director and one shareholder to get you registered as a company, director and shareholder can be the same person. A company secretary is not required by law. Bearer shares and non par value shares are allowed. There is no limitation to the value of Share Capitol and incorporation and annual fees are not dependant upon the Share Capital amount. The annual fee is due on the day the company was incorporated. Share capital can be in any currency, and the State guarantees tax exemption for a minimum of 20 years. Annual shareholder meetings can be held in any country in the world and there is no need to come to Dominica to incorporate your company or conduct business.

You should choose Offshore Company in Dominica because there are no taxation treaties with other countries so there is no need to exchange information with other tax authorities. You will be able to choose from a wide variety of names for your new company. Dominica offers the lowest prices on the market for IBC incorporations and offshore services. Significant discounts are available for clients who buy package services. You can incorporate online and pay online with Visa, Master Card, Discover or American Express; if you want to remain anonymous, you can pay by Western Union, Wire Transfer, or Money Gram. There is also an option to pay by wire transfer.

The process of incorporation with Dominica will not take more than 24 hours. Your company will be incorporated with the Government Agent with years of experience in offshore services. You will incorporate a company from the country of origin, there will be no middle man. This will save you money and make all of your business activities confidential. If you are serious about becoming incorporated in Dominica, you will be able to choose from many packages they offer for offshore stock trading and online banking.

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The Stock Market: The Greatest Show on Earth

The Stock Market: The Greatest Show on Earth

The Stock Market is like a day at the horse races, the state fair, and the gorilla exhibit rolled into one event. Nearly each hour of each day with the exception of some holidays the Stock Market is open somewhere in the world.

The currency traders are the vampires of the Stock Market. Their work day begins in the wee hours of the night and ends often times at the break of dawn. The commodity traders check headlines all over the world in order to determine how the volatile futures market is going to play out for the day. If there is a natural disaster that impacts a commodity the commodity trader needs to take note. The commodity trader needs to factor in significant and sometimes obscure news events that may spur on or decrease the availability of a commodity. The commodity trader is a news junkie.

The greatest show on earth takes place on the trading floor. Orders come in and traders in the center stage often times called the pit place the orders in between collecting their thoughts and barking back to to the other performers. It is an amazing feat considering the onerous task at hand and the surrounding circumstances. On some days some traders would rather confront the ferocious lion than a day on the trading floor.

In the background unseen by the crowds is the order makers. The select members of the stock exchanges that have the privilege of front row seats, but prefer the private box seats. The stock broker and mega buck investor who can shift the mood of the day by a single block of buys or sells. The strategic player who can play the upside and the down side of any news event or rumor and keeps the crowds coming back each day.

The stock analysts who determine based on graphs, moving averages and mathematical formulas the strategy for their investors. The analyst takes into account not only market news, but the probabilities of certain events impact on a unit or the entire market. The analyst is in many ways like the fortune teller at the circus with a crystal ball armed with a Hewlett-Packard hand calculator.

The show would not be complete without the critics. The clever and knowledgeable group of commentators and writers who explain or elaborate on the days events. It is similar to the play by play announcer at a Jai Alai game The ball sometimes travels faster than the words can be uttered from any human form of speech. This could explain why stock market commentators speak in fast forward fashion.

The Stock Market is the greatest show on earth and this can be explained by the very human trait of enjoying the art of the trade. It is the present day version of a day in the square with all of the smells, color and fanfare of a carnival where people communicate and come together to sell their wares. The Stock Market provides that ingredient of human existence that enjoys watching or participating in a good trade. .

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The Stock Market And Forex Trading

The Stock Market And Forex Trading

More books and articles have been written on the stock market than on perhaps any other business subject in the world.

Most of these have as their purpose instructing the reader on exactly how he can invest to make a sizable amount of money, and if he really applies himself, how he can become rich in either three or five years.

One of the most useful books written appeared in 1961. It did not tell you how to get rich. It emphasized the difficulties of investing in the stock market and it performed a tremendous service in this way, plus isolating the significant factors which record and explain the ups and downs of the market.

To invest in the market by following the procedures outlined in that book is anything but easy.

It requires a considerable amount of work every day the stock market is in operation. The book is written more for the professional investor to tell him how to make maximum profits out of both the rises and falls of the market.

The average investor will not take the time or perform the work necessary to maximize his profits, and he is satisfied with something less than maximum profits over a period of time. It is this type of person that we are writing for, not the professional investor who often spends 100% of his time on investments. We are, furthermore, writing for the smaller investor, not for the larger, professional one.

When we talk about the stock market we are not trying to write one more treatise on how to get wealthy in the stock market.

We do not present it as the only outlet for funds, although it certainly is for many people who know only the stock market on the one hand and the savings bank on the other. We treat the stock market as one outlet for funds, an outlet that can be almost the only good outlet at certain times, and a terrible outlet at other times one that offers too much risk.

In 1960 the stock market for the non-professional investor was, in my opinion, a substandard investment. Other investments in my portfolio yielded 12% and 14% and sent checks monthly, and the underlying businesses grew stronger while a number of the major firms listed on the Stock Exchanges showed declining profits and the trend of the market was down until late in the year. An inexpert investor in the stock market during most of the year 1960 would have had the cards stacked against him.

If we consider investments primarily of the loan type, those in which a person or organization is obligated to return a given number of dollars, plus a profit, over a period of months or years. Above everything, the proper investigation of these risks and safeguards against losses have been stressed.

The stock market is good for long term investing especially through investment trusts
and unit trusts.

Forex is more risky but greater profits can be made. Good software will help you to reduce the risks if you trade the Forex.

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Crush the Stock Market Without Trading Stocks

Crush the Stock Market Without Trading Stocks

Do you look at the stock market and wish you’d bought some Google stock back when it was first offered for 4? You’d have gained nearly 300% on that investment in the first year – that’s roughly 9.2% each month! That’s a Wall Street level of success!

Imagine if I could show you an investment opportunity that could easily give you over 14% monthly? What if 21.5% per month was within reach? These yearly returns of anywhere from 500% to 1000% are possible for anyone who has the initiative to go out and get them. That’s 2-4X MORE than GOOGLE, one of the fastest growing stocks IN HISTORY! We’re talking about an investment opportunity where your returns will crush even the top gainers of the stock market. Are you starting to get curious about how these numbers are attainable?

You can beat the stock game by playing a different game, the Foreign Exchange trading game. Also referred to as Forex, the Foreign Exchange market is where one country’s currency is traded for another’s. You can buy €1100 Euros for 00 US Dollars while the exchange rate is at 1.1 Euros/Dollar. Then you can sell the Euros back to dollars for 00 (and a nice 0 profit) if the exchange rate moves to 1 Euro/Dollar.

0 may be nice, but that 1% return on the 00 doesn’t sound like the path to your 500% returns, does it? Here’s how that 1% gets its power: Leverage. With Forex, if you have 0 in your account, you can control a ,000 trade. That makes your money a lot more powerful than the – control you get in the stock market! If you’re thinking that you can lose more money this way too, just read on, you’ll learn why that won’t happen.

Consider this: The Foreign Exchange market has a DAILY trading volume of around .5 trillion dollars. That’s 30 times larger than the combined volume of all U.S. equity markets (that includes the NASDAQ and NYSE). This is an untapped resource, and you’re about to learn five simple steps towards taking your share out of that market and into your pocket.

1. Get Educated!
As with all things, the more you know about trading, the more likely you are to success. A little effort spent learning up front can save you hundreds and thousands of dollars of mistakes later.

2. Have a Strategy!
A simple repeatable system can turn trading into a low-risk mechanical system. Know when you should trade, how often you should trade, how much money to spend per trade, when to cut your losses, and when to take your profits. Push the right buttons at the right times, and you’ll make money.

3. Practice Makes Perfect!
Most Forex brokers will allow you to sign up for a practice account, where you can trade imaginary money until you’ve solidified your winning strategy. Don’t risk your hard-earned cash until you’ve proven that you’ll succeed

4. Scrape Together 0
That’s 2 months of brown-bagging lunch instead of buying it; or a few months of cutting down on the daily coffee-shop visits. If you start now, by the time you’ve learned a strategy and perfected it on your practice account, you’ll be ready with your 0 to start earning real money. More money is always better, but 0 is the minimum you’ll need to get started.

5. Go Out and Succeed!
By the time you get to Step 5, you KNOW you will succeed, and you’ll spring out of bed every day ready to make your profit. Some days you’ll lose a little money, but you won’t worry. Your strategy allows you to lose a little money from time to time; you proved that losing money periodically wasn’t the end of the world when you practiced; you’ll get up tomorrow and make it back by following your proven strategy.

Starting with your 0, if you made “Google Gains”, you’d have 2 in a year. That’s not bad. With Forex gains, though, you could easily turn your 0 into 00-00 in a year! Who need the stock market?!?

Saving the best for last, here’s the shocking truth: The 500-1000% yearly returns are possible, but with a smarter strategy you could turn your 0 into over ,000 in less than a year without increasing your risks! Best of all, you can do all of this over the Internet without leaving home. That’s 3000% while wearing pajamas. With these kinds of returns, you could realistically quit your job and trade full-time!

If you could use more money if your life (and lets face it, we all can), you owe it to yourself to learn more about Foreign Exchange trading.

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Do You Want A Safe Alternative To The Stock Exchange Market? Try Forex

Do You Want A Safe Alternative To The Stock Exchange Market? Try Forex

Trading in foreign currencies on the forex market may seem like a great way to get rich quickly, but many beginning traders soon find themselves falling prey to common mistakes. Don’t share their fate. Instead, by applying a few basic ideas that you will learn in this article, you can enjoy success and reap steady profits.

Always review and study any losing forex trades. To avoid getting upset, a lot of forex traders will not look at their losing trades. However, by analyzing currency trades that were not profitable you can discover exactly what you did wrong and avoid making the same mistakes with future trades.

Learn to choose the best days to trade. You can trade Tuesdays and Wednesdays all day and during the evening as well. Thursday is a good day as well, but from Thursday evenings to Monday evenings, the market is either getting ready to close or still opening slowly after the week end.

Understanding yourself is the key to trading with Forex. You must think rationally or investing will be tough and it will be hard to make a profit. Set your emotions aside, set goals so that you know what level to pull out. This will help you maximize the safety of your investment.

It might seem like a simple principle, but a lot of Forex traders attempt to trade in areas of which they have no understanding. You should avoid this by only sticking with what you know. Trade what you understand and pretend the rest of the market doesn’t even exist. Once you begin to profit, then you can think about expansion, but not before.

You should be aware that there is no secret or not magic trick behind forex. You will make money if you study hard and understand the market. You must also be willing to take risks, and have enough money to start investing. Do not wait for an easy solution that will let you earn money without any work.

If you want to become successful in the Forex market you will have to become good at analysis. By analyzing the markets in minute detail, you will cut your losses early and maximize your gains. Everybody will make mistakes, but your goal will be in keeping them to as few as possible.

You should invest in the long term to avoid stressful trading sessions. Trends usually stay rather steady on the long term, but fluctuate on a daily basis. Spot a good trend and follow it for at least a week to make money. You might not make as much money as if you traded on a daily basis, but this method is safer.

To avoid making ill-timed and costly trading moves, you should consider staying out of the market if the fundamentals just don’t justify market entry at the time. In other words, avoid entering the markets out of boredom or just for the sake of trading. Staying on the sidelines is a position in itself, and sometimes it just pays to hold that “out-of-market” position until the fundamentals improve.

As you’ve learned, the forex market has its pitfalls, but knowing what you are doing makes it easy to avoid them. By remembering what you’ve learned from this article, you can set yourself on the road to a career of profitable trading. Focus on your goals and soon you’ll be a successful trader.

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The Importance Of A Good Forex Or Stock Broker

The Importance Of A Good Forex Or Stock Broker

A Forex or Stock broker in the world of finance will be a great asset to you.

The ramifications of brokerage are many, but the central concern of every good house is the service it provides its customers. Not just its rich customers, either.

Read the ads. Analyze the educational and promotional literature brokerage houses are putting out, and you will see that much of it is directed at the small investor. Have no fear that you will get a cold eye or a second-class treatment because you have only a few hundred dollars to invest, or simply want to start a -a-month Investment Plan. These days, everyone is welcome.

Be frank with your broker. The more you can tell him about your circumstances and objectives, the sounder his advice will be. There are more than a thousand stocks listed on the Big Board alone. Their prices differ, their yields differ, the reasons for buying any one of them will differ.

Your broker can help you narrow the choice more sensibly if he has an idea of your income range or tax bracket, how much you can invest, how frequently, whether you have other stocks and, if so, which ones, and whether you are looking for income, growth, diversity, or simply playing hunches.

Do not worry about being high-pressured. The decisions are all yours. There is no need to buy anything or any amount you can’t afford or don’t want. Many brokerage firms are paying their representatives salaries, rather than commissions, to eliminate the possibility of personal involvement in whether you buy or not. So, listen carefully, and then make up your own mind.

Opening an Account

If you have shopped around a bit and satisfied yourself that one brokerage house is both reputable and pleasant to do business with, you are ready to open an account.

This costs you nothing. It is rather like opening a charge account at a department store. The broker simply needs to know who you are and what your credit is, so that he may be sure you can pay for the goods you order. And promptly.

Unlike the department store, the brokerage will not send you a monthly bill. “Regular way” transactions, the kind you will meet up with most often, require that stock bought be paid for, or stock sold be delivered, within four business days.

Accordingly, the representative will want your name, address, and phone number, the name of the place where you work, and some references. Usually, the name of your bank and some of your charge accounts around town will do.

There are several kinds of accounts available to you. The basic one is the cash account which establishes you as a bona fide customer able to buy or sell. Joint accounts may be opened by a husband and wife. Like a joint checking account in a bank, this gives the partner who survives the other the right of access to the account without waiting for an estate settlement. Investors unrelated to each other who wish to invest co-operatively may also open a joint account.

Margin accounts are an extension of the cash account which permit the customer to buy on margin. Since these mean the broker is willing to loan you part of the purchase price of your securities, the credit investigation is somewhat more searching.

Discretionary accounts may also be set up in special circumstances. This means giving your broker a power of attorney to decide when and what you should buy or sell.

A relatively new development permissible in 23 states, enables you to buy stocks for minors, you serving as custodian. It removes the necessity of establishing a trust, often an elaborate and expensive procedure, as was formerly the case, or, even more awkwardly, getting a court order appointing yourself your own child’s guardian.

Commissions

The broker’s commission is exacted on both sides of each transaction. The buyer pays his broker, the seller his. In addition, the seller pays a Federal transfer tax, a state transfer tax in New York, Florida, South Carolina and Texas, and a Securities and Exchange Commission registration fee In 1958, by a vote of a majority of the members, commissions on the New York Stock Exchange were raised,on the ground that the costs of the broker’s research, accounting,and other services were not being met by existing commissions.

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Stock Markets Of The World

Stock Markets Of The World

“Stock Market” is a term that is used to refer both to the physical location for buying and selling stocks, and to the overall activity of the market within a certain country. When you hear “The stock market was down today,” it refers to the combined activity of many stock exchanges.

The major exchanges in the US are the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), the American Stock Exchange (Amex), and NASDAQ.

The correct term for the physical location for trading stocks is the “Stock Exchange.” A country may have many different stock exchanges. Usually a particular company’s stocks are traded on only 1 exchange, although large corporations may be listed in several.

Investing Around The World

There are stock exchanges located throughout the world, and it is possible to buy or sell stocks on any of them. The only restriction is the oparating hours of each exchange. Both the NYSE and NASDAQ, for example, operate from 9:30 am to 4:00 pm Eastern Time, Monday through Friday.

Other exchanges have similar opening hours based on their local time. When you trade on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, your order will be executed sometime between 9:30 pm and 4:00 am New York time.

The locations of the major stock exchanges of the world are:

Japan (Tokyo Stock Exchange)
India (Bombay Stock Exchange)
Europe (London Stock Exchange, Frankfurt Stock Exchange, SWX Swiss Exchange)
the People’s Republic of China (Shanghai Stock Exchange)
United States.

Stock Market Fluctuations

The economic health of a country will strongly influence its stock market. When the economy is doing well the market is bullish. Bull markets occur during times of high economic production, low unemployment and low inflation. Bear markets, on the other hand, follow downturns in the economy. When inflation and unemployment are rising, stock prices are usually falling.

Stock price fluctuations are also driven by supply and demand, which in turn are dependent to a great degree on investor psychology. Seeing a stock price rise rapidly can cause investors to jump on the bandwagon, and this rush to buy drives the price up even faster. A falling price can have a similar effect in the other direction. These are short-term fluctuations. Stock prices tend to normalize after such runs.

The stock exchange is only 1 of many opportunities for people to invest. Other popular markets include the Foreign Exchange Market (FOREX), the Futures Market, and the Options Market.

FOREX: World’s Largest Market

The FOREX is the biggest (in terms of value) investment market in the world. FOREX traders buy 1 currency against another and can profit from small changes in currency value. Most FOREX trades are entered and exited in 1 24-hour span, and traders have to keep a close watch on the market in order to make profitable trades.

The Futures Market

The Futures Market is a market of contracts to buy and sell certain goods at specified prices and times. It exists because buyers and sellers of goods wish to lock in prices for future delivery, but market conditions can make the actual futures contract fluctuate considerably in value.

Most investors in the futures market are not interested in the actual goods — only in the profit that can be realized from trading the contracts.

The Options Market

The Options Market is similar to the Futures Market in that an option is a contract that gives you the right (but not the obligation) to trade a stock at a certain price before a specified date. These options can be traded on their own or purchased as a form of insurance against price fluctuations within a certain time frame.

Stocks: Low Risk, Long-Term

All 3 of these markets are considered quite risky without considerable knowledge and experience. They also require close monitoring of market movements. Stocks, on the other hand, are less risky because movements of the market are usually more gradual. Although short-term investment strategies are possible, most people view stocks as long-term investments.

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