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Goal-Setting Advice For Investing in the Stock Market

Aug 19, 2008
You've heard all the popular cliches. Remember the statement "money doesn't grow on trees"? How about the famous line that it "takes money to make money"? Even if they didn't make sense to you before, they will now that you're interested in successful stock trading because investing money involves a great deal of risk.

Although there is plenty of risk associating with trading, that doesn't necessarily mean you'll achieve lofty profits. Also you don't have to invest heavily or take great risks to achieve profits. Every situation is different and a savvy investor makes solid decisions to earn considerable profits while suffering minimal loss.

Every successful businessman will tell you that the first lesson about making money in any endeavor has a risk for both loss and gain. The real trick is to decide whether the profit is worth the risk. If you think so, you need to figure out if you are personally willing to take that risk.

Before you begin trading, there are three basic questions to consider:

1. What goals to you hope to achieve by investing?
2. Do you believe your investments will lose money?
3. Do you want to take larger risks for bigger profits?

By setting goals for your achievement, you will know how long you want to wait for a stock to realize a profit. It also helps you define a limit on the amount you are willing to lose. Determining your goals is one of the basic ways to start investing in stocks and tracking your achievements.

If you begin by choosing a low return investment, you may want to increase the amount you invest or increase the length of time you invest in the stock. Once you decide whether you want to invest more money or more time on an investment, consider these trading philosophies to get to the next level of success including:

- Know when to invest. Beginners get excited and want to trade all the time. Adrenaline flows when shares go up or when they fall down. You make your decisions based on a whim and other factors that really don't impact a stock when it comes to long term investing. The most effective traders spend half their time waiting and studying how the stock performs and they are not trading all the time, everyday.

- Be disciplined. Once again, don't get so excited that you start trading on any stock that looks somewhat acceptable rather than waiting long enough for the best stock to come along.

- Make small moves with large payoffs. Instead of dabbling in a large number of small stocks with tiny profits, keep your eyes open for the big stocks and concentrate your efforts on just a few.

- Emotions don't belong in trading. It feels exciting to make money and depressing to lose money. As a trader, you must not be emotional or you become unable to view your investments objectively.

Trading stocks is a high risk venture with the potential for substantial profits. Don't dabble in the stock market without knowledge and goals. Take your time as a beginning trader. Study the market, do your research and be patient when making investments. Remember, it is your money so the losses are yours as well as the profits.
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