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The Worst Stock Market You Can Make

Aug 17, 2007
Investing in the stock market is probably one of the riskiest ventures you can delve into with your money. It is also one of the most profitable undertakings you may make at the same time. So it's only normal that you may have reservations about actually trying your luck in the stock market.

The best thing to do is to get a stockbroker to handle your stocks initially. He will be able to give you professional and dependable stocks tips and advice. It is also a good idea to actually to find a friend or an acquaintance who already has some experience with dabbling in the stock market. They will be able to give you stock tips and advice for free. One of these advices is which is the worst stock to put your money in.

One of the worst stock moves you can make is with variable annuities using the premium of your insurance. A variable annuity is an insurance contract that allows you to invest your premium in mutual fund-like investments.

This sounds good in paper, but if you look at it a little harder, you'll find that they are bad investments in the long run for the following reason:

Tax cuts. Ordinary investments in stocks and mutual funds qualify for low capital gains treatments, thus smaller taxes. Your gains from investing your premium, on the other hand, get taxed as income as soon as you withdraw the money.

Early withdrawal penalties. Insurance plans are designed for retirement. Taking out money from your premium entails a certain amount of penalty from both the insurance company as well as the government. So if you withdraw your profits, you will be penalized.

Death benefit. If your stocks are down upon your death, your beneficiaries can get as much as the investments you put in. Unfortunately, if your stocks are up, they get taxed as a regular income.

Costs. Annuities with insurance features are actually more expensive than ordinary mutual funds. The more insurance features your annuity has, the more annual feels are heaped against it, which naturally eats up your profits.

There are other stock market investments that are not a good choice to put your money in.

There are specific times as well as when to not to make an investment. Times of natural calamity may drive prices of stocks down but there are no insurance these would recover to make a good profit. As always, it is best to diversify where and when you put your money in.
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