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Tips on Making Money in the Stock Market

Sep 17, 2008
As the good old English idiom goes, "Do not put all your eggs in one basket." Successful investors call this strategy diversification. It simply means that money is invested in several assets that will yield returns, in varying rates, whether the market is bullish or otherwise. It is an investor's way of reducing risks by purchasing stocks from companies that do well, even during financial crunch times, like the utility and food companies.

At first glance, the wisdom behind the idiom is very simple in relation to the stock market. But it has a lot more to offer than just the common strategy of diversifying one's portfolio. All it takes is a closer look.

Granted that we have the "eggs", and that we know it is unwise to put them all in one basket. But just how do we choose the baskets anyway? Is there such a thing as good and bad baskets? How are the right ones picked? Where are they found? Now, all of sudden, diversification isn't so simple a strategy anymore. If it has to be maximized, it has to be done properly.

It is equally unwise to put the eggs in just about any basket that come our way. Finding the right ones takes a lot of research work. Hence, diversification, as an investment strategy, should be coupled with what economists call the fundamental market analysis. It is the process of finding out everything there is know about a company, from which shares of stocks or assets will be bought. It's the process of "getting to know your baskets."

Putting one's money in a firm only because a best friend or a colleague vouched for it is premature. It pays to ask why certain companies interest people. A little background investigation won't hurt. Credit card companies to do it all the time, and rather extensively (sometimes intrusively), before they release their "eggs" or credit loans to a borrower.

An investor must dig into a company's history, growth rate, and SWOT analysis. If it has shown consistency, then, a certain level of predictability is assured, which in turn, produces stability. It will be easier, then, to make market forecast. This is really the objective of any market analysis to predict the future, so that one can make a wise and well-informed investment decisions. The first step is to secure a copy of a company's balance sheet and annual reports will provide data pertinent to an investor who wants to diversify.

Extensive market analysis takes a lot of time and effort, but its benefits are long-term. In the process, it is not just the company's profile that is learned, but also overall trends and other factors to which market reacts. What comes out of the whole endeavor is not just a wise investment decision, but also a smarter investor who has gained a better knowledge of the ins and outs of the stock market. It was more than an absorbing of information; it was a transfer of knowledge that will benefit the "one who has the eggs" for the long haul.
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Justin DeMerchant is the founder of neoticker, stock paper trading , and stock performance where information on stocks and investing can be found.
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