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The Importance of Stock Research and Analysis

Aug 17, 2007
A growing trend in today's inconsistent financial times is self-research and planning. Taking control and planning one's financial future has become very important for many people.

There are some investors that don't believe stock research is that important. They instead relay on stock tips and other unreliable sources. However, if they are concerned about their financial future, analysis is crucial for spotting stocks that can make their small amount of money go farther than in any savings or money market account.

Stock research is important because taking the time to look over the financial history of the companies that one is thinking of investing in, will give the prospective buyer a better sense of the future. While no one can say with certainty that a stock will go up in value, taking the time to evaluate the past few years of the company's growth can give some insight into the possibility.

When someone is putting their hard earned money into a stock, they need to research that stock in order to make sure that the company is not laden with too much debt, is generating sufficient, have satisfied customers, are growing cash flows, investing in their future and are trading at a reasonable market valuation.

By reviewing the stock's financial reports, one can make an educated decision whether the company is stable, growing and has an improving future. There are far too many people who invest in weak companies hoping for a turn-around. Often, the best investments are made in stocks of companies that are already doing well and have a strong basis for continued growth

Investors should be wary of companies with negative cash-flow, large and increasing debt, declining revenue or management turn-over. These are all signs that one or more aspects of the company have serious issues. Since there are plenty of good companies to invest in, investors should consider whether investing in weak companies is prudent.

No one wants to choose a stock that will do poorly. By taking the time to look at the company's stockholder reports, news releases, industry publications and other publicly available information with an eye like a financial analyst, the financial future doesn't have to come as a surprise, but rather as the product of a well-planned financial strategy.

While this can be easily done with professional help, anyone can crunch the numbers to make sure that their money is being well-spent; all it takes is an eye on the future as one looks at the company's past history.
About the Author
Joel Arberman is the Managing Member of Stock Aware, LLC. We publish a free stock newsletter that profiles companies with significant upside potential. Learn more at www.StockAware.com
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