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Is Share Investing Difficult?

Aug 26, 2008
Let us begin by understanding what shares are. Shares are a part ownership of a public company like Microsoft, Coca Cola and the like. Any public company needs investment to begin operations and then to continue those operations. This investment is generally huge. For that reason, the company raises capital by announcing its public issue shares in the market. This is called as a Initial Public Offering (popularly called as IPO). Each share has a particular price that it is offered to the public and generally anyone is free to buy any amount of shares. So, if you buy a hundred shares in a company, in return you will get a share certificate as proof of ownership and you will have ownership rights within the company such as an invitation to the company Annual General Meeeting. You will get voting rights within the company, but your ownership will be restricted to one hundred shares. If there are a thousand shares issued by the company and you own one hundred of them, then you own 10% of the company.

The investment in shares is actually two fold. The first is when you buy the shares, you have invested that much capital in the company. As the company functions, it might make profits or losses. If it starts to make a profit, your shares become more valuable because the public want to buy into this company. The second is in the form of a dividend payment. If you kept the shares, particularly longerthan six months you also receive what is called a dividend payment. A Dividend payment is typically what a company gives to its shareholders when the company has made a profit.

You are not bound to the company forever after buying a portion of it. When the share prices rise, you are free to sell off those shares and make a neat profit in the process. Whereas, if the share prices fall, you have the option of either selling the shares with a loss for yourself and trying your luck with some other company, or to wait and watch if the company fortunes improve in the near future.

Wise old men would say that this is indeed a form of gambling. But it is not wholly a gamble, whatever the sages would say. The reason is that stock investing is usually done after a careful research of market trends and there is a innate talent in some people to sense out the investments that would pay off richly in the future. The likes of Warren Buffet and George Soros are examples of people who have excelled at investing in shares. It is not all chance; there are predictions and strategies that can help an investor make the most of their investments.

People reckon that there is a magic to what stock brokers do and believe that they will never possess the skills of the stock brokers. Yet stock brokers weren't always stock brokers. This means that if they can learn about stocks, why couldn't you?
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Alexander West holds the Financial Planning Certificate. One of his passions is learning and teaching people about finances. To read the rest of this article and to join others creating more wealth in their lives visit by
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