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Stock Trading for Bold Brave Investors

Jun 10, 2008
Stock trading is one of the last true meritocracies. All that matters for your investment success are your own decisions. Stock trading is a precision-based activity and one tiny mistake in judgment could send you plummeting right to the bottom and result in a huge loss.

Likewise, the opposite could happen. You may make a great buying decision that will put you on the path to riches. Traditional stock trading is done at stock exchanges, which are places where buyers and sellers meet and decide on a price, although electronic trading is gaining in popularity. Stock trading is affected by how well the economy is doing and by basic supply and demand considerations.

Stock Trading is a get rich slow process. Money can be made, but it takes time. Stock trading is something that interests many people because it offers them a chance to make money without breaking into a sweat. In addition, it has a lot of excitement attached to it especially when using short term strategies that help pit traders against the stock market.

Stock Trading is trading stocks and shares of different types of companies and organization at the stock exchange. In every country, there is a stock exchange where various companies get their shares listed, when they arrange to raise required funds by means of issuing shares.

Stock trading is a very competitive field and in order to succeed you need to FOCUS on a set of simple strategies that you can implement without hesitation. The real "secret" of the stock market game is enclosed within the trading set ups and market signals you rely on to decide when to buy or when to sell shares. Stock trading is a business (because it is done for making money).

So as in a business, in stock trading, one needs to complete solid planning before making any buy/sell/trade. Stock trading is viewed by some people as a very complicated matter. This is regarded by many as an arena better reserved for those who have extensive exposure and experience in stock trading.

Stock trading is a game in which you cannot afford to be average. Thousands of new and inexperienced traders are being charged hundreds, even thousands of dollars by scam artists and self proclaimed experts for dubious stock picking services and mechanical buy and sell signal generators.

Stock trading is a relatively simple activity compared with other professions, particularly with the tools available in today's Internet world. It is certainly within your abilities, and as you educate yourself on and build your skills, you'll find that your fears subside as your confidence grows.

Researching a stock and then buying online it is one part of the story. The other part being how to plan a trade with an exit strategy? You must research the risks attached to online trading to make sure you are prepared for the worst. Be determined and goal orientated.

Exchange traded funds are good to use for trading and investing. By keeping trading simple, there is less stress and more opportunity to profit. Exchange Traded Funds, also known as ETFs, are index funds traded on the major stock exchanges just like stocks. An index fund involves a collection of securities, much like mutual funds, except that ETFs differ from mutual funds in some distinctive ways.

Options are bets about the future price movement of exchange traded securities. The prospect of unusually high returns always signals unusually high risk so be careful about trading options. Timing is everything.

Options are a great way to both earn and lose a lot of money. If you're interested in involving yourself in the more unpredictable, risky, and spontaneous part of the stock market then trading options is something you should investigate. Option strategy is about selection of the best stock opportunities and following your signals. Here, you can achieve success if you are acquainted with the correct option trading strategy .

There are online resources available that will provide you with free simulated stock and option trading. You will easily find enough information to start your trading venture. You can practice trading stocks, options, spreads, futures, short sells, and so forth. Just run a search for "demo stock trading accounts" and you will find a good list to research.

Stock and option trading is a big game in many ways. But as it is a game involving the exchange of money if you play you need to take the game seriously.
About the Author
Gerald "Taipan" Greene is a retired forex trader and portfolio manager who worked in Asia for over 20 years. The nickname was acquired in Hong Kong and is now used for a number of financial, political, and Internet business related blogs. One of them is at Learn to Trade Stocks
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