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Trend following also called momentum trading is the simplest and safest method of stock market investing. It puts you in stocks and mutual funds that are going up and gets you out when they start down. Properly done there is no guess work.
How many times have you bought a stock or fund because of deep analysis? You have gone to Morningstar and bought their extensive reports - many of which are months old, but you don't know that. Maybe your broker sent you a bushel of pretty reports about how wonderful is this particular company. Unfortunately each time you bought it the stock or fund either did not go up or went down.
Once you are touted about some equity you can be sure you are not the first and you might be the last one who bought at the top of the move. What can you do to avoid this kind of Wall Street trap?
Where can you find a stock or fund that will actually go up after you buy it? One thing I will say is not to try to pick individual stocks. Leave that to the pros. The best place for your money is in a no load mutual fund (that's no commission) or an ETF, Exchange Traded Fund (a type of mutual fund that trades like a stock). A fund has a professional money manager who should be capable of buying good stocks. He spends his whole life doing this where you have another occupation.
There are many places on the Internet that rank mutual funds by performance such as Yahoo.com, stockcharts.com, barcharts.com and many others. Performance means it is going up more and faster than all other mutual funds. You can also find a listing of funds in Investor's Business Daily or you could subscribe to a service that does all this for you such as NoLoad FundX. Forget Morningstar and their star ratings which are meaningless.
To determine whether to buy or sell you can use a very simple 200-day moving average and you don't have to do the computation. Go to www.bigcharts.com and click on their Interactive charts. In the left column you will find a place to type in 200 and then that line will appear with the fund symbol you entered. When the fund is above the line you want to own it. When it is goes below the line you will want to sell it. Yes, it is that simple.
There is no Holy Grail trading method, but trend following comes about as close to it as the average person will find. A trend follower understands there will be occasional losses, but he also knows that when any major trend starts he will be participating for at least 60% to 70% of the profit of the move. He knows when to buy and more importantly when to sell.
Al Thomas' best selling book, "If It Doesn't GoUp, Don't Buy It!" has helped thousands ofpeople make money and keep their profits with hissimple 2-step method. Read the first chapter andreceive his market letter at http://www.mutualfundmagic.comand discover why he's the man that Wall Streetdoes not want you to know. Copyright 2005
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Property Investment Just Got Exciting
There is an area in Brazil that has lower crime & lower property prices than where your are probably sitting right now!Demand from the increasing retirement population and from those who have benefited from their own property markets are now pushing overseas property prices up. Brazilian property prices are still very low and offer the overseas property buyer quality real estate in stunning locations.
Using Divergences to Keep Out of Bad Trades
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College Savings Plans - Are They The Best Choice For My Child?
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Beginning Investor - Investment Terms
Over the course of the past two months, readers have brought to my attention that there is a steep learning curve for investment terminology. That's why the focus of this month's Beginning Investor column will be investment terminology.
Realistic Investing Expectations
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Five Sure Fire Way to Secure Your Financial Future
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In a Time of Need
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Short Selling for Investors
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Raising Capital Using a Public Company
Going public in this manner is ideal for companies that may not be large enough to attract an underwriter for an IPO and those that don't need to raise capital immediately. They want to go public because of the many benefits that being a public company offers such as increased valuation, using public stock as currency to acquire other companies and assets, liquidity, prestige and to reduce the need for expensive venture capital and other financing sources.
Risk and Reward
If you are doing your own investing in the stock market, what would be the first question you would ask yourself before you make any trade or investment? If your answer is how fundamentally sound the stock is, or whether the stock just broke out of a trading range on a chart, or the fact that the stock has gone down 50% in the last 6 months, or whether the volatility is low now so it is a good time to buy or sell, then you are probably on the road to ruin. These strategies have nothing in common with each other and there are all kinds of different criteria that I did not mention that have nothing in common with each other.
Everyone knows T Rex was the most fearsome of all dinosaurs. He could and did kill everything in his path for food or maybe stupid meanness.
Going Offshore For Asset Protection
There are a number of key reasons why individuals and businesses consider going offshore for asset protection purposes.The asset protection advantages the offshore world offers extend from protecting a business from excessive taxation to opening doors to enable wealth and asset enrichment via the utilisation of offshore investment opportunities.
Annuity Owner Mistakes
Okay, so I can tell you I have sat in front of countless numbers of people who have made mistakes when purchasing and owning annuities. And I have visited people who wish they never got involved in an annuity.
How Do I Start Investing Online and What Are Some Basic Tips?
If you are new to investing online, don't put your entire life savings into an online account. Start with a smaller sum, which will be easier to handle and keep track of.
Rolling your 401k: Contributory IRA vs. Rollover IRA
In an ideal world you would start your working career with a great company in your early 20s, steadily climb the corporate ladder, retire at age 65, and draw a sufficient income from your accumulated 401k account to live happily ever after.Unfortunately, that's not how the real world works.
Retire Dollar Smart
Jim Miller is a registered investment advisor. This means that he is not beholden to a particular brokerage or financial institution.
How to Buy to Let
Find out everything you need to know about buy to let. Learn what to buy, where to buy and what not to buy.
The Convertible Craze Brightens The Future Of Equities
Convertibles are stealing the show with their safe investment image in today's "protective" market. They seem to be overshadowing the stocks and bonds, and this holds true for the mediocre issuers.
Inflation Proof Your Investment Portfolio with ETF's
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