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The Ultimate Stock Market Trading Survival Guide

Mar 26, 2008
Stock market trading is often touted as something so simple anyone can do it and do it better themselves than if they used a broker. While this is true, it's important to keep an eye out for some of the common mistakes people make.

People are always advised never to invest money they can't afford to loose in the stock market. Even with the best decision, there's still a chance that things can go wrong, especially when emotions are involved. Pay attention to all the information you can find. Choosing a stock because its symbol is your initials might be a good sign that you need to double check how rational you're prepared to be about investing.

A rational investor has a plan. Knowing when to get out is as important as when to get in for a given stock. Planning your work and then working your plan isolates you from more volatile emotions and emotional responses. You're taking an active role in the stewardship of your finances; remember the long term goals you have.

But no plan, no matter now good will work all the time. Invest your money in discrete lots and never invest all your money in one stock. Yes, you're giving up the potential for gains but you're also providing a hedge against things going tragically wrong.

Understand that you're learning in this and set up a mock portfolio first to allow you to gain experience. The more experience you have the better you'll do at trading stocks. Getting better means you can make more profitable trades, trade more stocks - but you have to earn that experience. There is no substitute for it.

When we learned how to drive we didn't start off driving a Formula One car or a drag racer. Most of us learned with something that wasn't so dangerous to us and more forgiving of mistakes. The stock market should be treated like that. While it's possible to having amazing returns and success with the stock market, handled inappositely can lead to disastrous results. Before you play with your entire budget and exercise more complex options, be careful that you know how the basics work.

Like driving, investing in the stock market can become second nature and allow you to take into consideration more factors and produce better results. While you might feel out of your depth when you first start investing, you'll build up the experience to jump onto the highway with cars traveling 70 miles an hour and feel comfortable.

Keep in mind that it's a learning experience and don't be afraid to make mistakes. Also remember that it is game and the stakes are very real. When you do something, know why you're doing it.Rright down a log of your activities and your decisions and read and understand your environment. Darwin said that it's not the strongest species that survives, but the most adaptable. Survive and overcome the initial learning curve and you can succeed.
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