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Stock, Options or Forex Trading Seminars - How To Select One

Apr 2, 2008
If you are in the habit of watching TV late at night you can not have failed to have seen some of the many infomercials about trading, wether it be stocks, options or Forex. They promise a lot but the question is are they worth it?.

Before embarking on a course of trading seminars there are a few very important points that you need to be aware of before making your choice of educational company. In this article we will try and point out some of the things to be aware of.

The volitile market of the last few years has taught people that making money in the market on a consistent basis is not so easy, and requires a good financial education. The market crash during 2001-2003 showed that profits can disappear as fast as they come if you do not know what you are doing.

There are a lot of companies that advertize on late night TV but the ones that come to mind the most are Optionetics, Investools, Better Trades and Star Trader. I live in a city where these companies visit on a regular basis so I've attended all of their free warm up seminars. I've also bought a number of seminars from these companies.

The purpose of the infomercial is to get you excited about trading enough for you to take the trouble to attend their free warm up seminar at a local hotel. At the hotel expect to get a little more free trading infomation, and a lot more selling of the seminar. These sessions can last from 45 mins to a couple of hours and will try and get you to open the cheque book and sign up on the spot.

From my experiance you will 1st be given an inflated price for the seminar which will then be cut dramatically if you sign up on the spot, so be prepared to be tempted by this. Most of these seminars come with a set of DVD's and a manual which enable you to study the material before attending the live seminar.

Consider the following points if you are thinking of signing up for a seminar:

1. Don't be shy about asking what the refund policy is up front. Understand how long you have to evaluate the training materials because this can very a lot between different companies. It could be only until noon on the 1st day or you may be allowed to stay the whole 1st day before having to ask for a refund.

2. Ask what the policy is regarding bringing another family member or business partner to the seminar. Usually you are allowed to bring 1 person, take this opportunity as it is better to have the opinion of another trusted person when trying to evalute if the seminar is good value and right for you.

3. Ask if the price that you are paying for the seminar is the lowest price that is being offered, just like airlines tickets you don't want to sit next to someone at the seminar and find out they paid $500 less than you for exactly the same seminar!

4. Make sure that the seminar is exactly on the correct topic that you are expecting to learn about. Remember an options trading seminar will not spend much time on the basics of stock trading and visa versa, and a forex seminar will not cover much ground on either stocks or options. Also make sure that the course is at the right level, many of these seminar keep repeating the basics over and over, but if you are past that it's just a waste of your time and money.

Here is something that you need to know, this is very important. All these seminar companies are not going to teach you everything you need to know about trading at one seminar, even if it cost $4K. They all have follow on seminars and courses, and they pretty quickly start to tell you that the seminar you have just attended and paid for is just the basic course and if you really want to be a trader you must buy the other more advanced seminars.

Expect a hard sell for the follow on seminars from some of these companies. The sales pitch is usually well practised and hard to resist so be prepared and don't act on impulse.

If you buy any follow on seminars they are very unlikley to come with an extended refund period other than the minimum 3 days cooling off period set by some states. This is an important point to consider if you are buying a number of seminars that will run over a number of years.
About the Author
James J. Dehoiver is an master stock and options trader and writes about money making gurus on his web site and about the best stock and option seminar educational companies.
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