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Who Should Invest In The Financial Markets?

Sep 17, 2008
The financial market is one of the most complex markets in the world. It is quite safe to say that this market moves the world's economy, and all countries depend on the trading outcomes of one or more assets on a daily basis. Also, the financial markets of the world cater to all. People from all walks of life can trade in the financial markets in one form or the other. Some are not even aware of it.

This apparent unawareness lies in the fact that people associate the words financial markets only with stock market trading. The stock market is only one aspect, and it shares the same shelf space as the: bond market, commodity market, derivative market, FOREX or the foreign exchange market, money market, OTC or over-the-counter market, real estate market and the spot market.

So, if you are asking if you have what it takes to trade in the financial markets, the answer is very simple yes. When you use the services of a bank, you are already an active participant to the trade. When you buy and exchange foreign currencies for dollars, then this too constitutes to being an active player in the financial market. On a more passive note, you could inadvertently become a key player to the trade when you sell your house for profit while buying a new place at the same time.

However, if you are thinking of other markets to invest in, some of the most profitable ventures now for casual and novice traders are the bond market, commodity market, derivative market, and the FOREX. In fact, there are growing numbers of subscribers utilizing the power of the Internet to do their financial trading in the aforementioned markets for them. So if you are asking again if you, the man-on-the-street (or woman, for that matter) can trade in these particular markets, the answer is still yes, but only if you have:

One: the money to invest (the lowest possible amount is about $100.) Two: you have a computer and Internet access because these are literally your tools of the trade. Three: if you understand how the market moves and how you can earn profits off investing. If you don't, you can always hire the services of a professional broker instead.

This apparent convenience brought by the World Wide Web is quite educational for people who may otherwise never really learn the workings of the trading market without the need to enroll under a formal degree. There are also software packages that allow the novice trader to practice first-hand how to practice their dealing skills in at least one of the trading markets before they actually engage in any transactions. At the same time, professional and long term investors are making the most of the e-technology to monitor and predict market movement.

Casual and speculative traders are more than welcome in the various schemes of the financial markets. And it is true that for an extremely persevering casual trader, the potential to earn a lot of money is almost limitless. However, it should be noted here that like many business ventures, luck can only play a very small role to earning money. There is a constant need to monitor movements, update information and always forever chasing small profits in order to earn bigger profits. Also, a talent (or shall we say, skill) in knowing when risky trading will pay off can be beneficial.
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Justin DeMerchant is the founder of amicharts, stock trading, and stock talk where information on stocks and investing can be found.
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