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Oh No I Am a Speculator and Not an Investor! Another Reason To Go With Index Funds

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Of late I have been reflecting on my investing performance over the last decade. While I have made some money on “winning” stocks, I have probably lost much more on duds. In fact as I looked at my portfolio I still own many of these dud stocks, hoping for some miraculous bounce that will restore […]

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What to Do In Times of Stock Market Mayhem – Your 5 Step Sanity Checklist

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It seems like 2008 all over again as stock markets around the globe continue to free fall against the backdrop of slowing economic growth and sovereign debt fears. I wrote a couple of posts back in ’08 on reacting to market volatility and it is eerily applicable to what we are going through today. The […]

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Don’t Trade Earnings For a Short Term Gain

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Short term traders love earnings season and much like all things investing, the opinions of what to do with earnings season are as varied as the direction of markets tomorrow. Although every trader says they’re making money, are they telling the truth? Is trading during earnings season really a profitable venture? Let’s narrow this down […]

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FOREX 101 – How Foreign Exchange Currency Market Trading Works

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You may know about stock markets but how about the foreign exchange market (FOREX)? If you’ve never heard of it, you should because it’s substantially larger than any single stock market. The New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), for example, handles $153 billion a day in volume, but the foreign exchange market has a daily volume […]

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The Best Online Brokers For Stocks and Option Trading – E*TRADE, OptionsHouse, TradeKing – Review and Ratings

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If you are thinking of investing in the rising stock market or just looking to start an IRA then you need an online broker. In today’s online world there are lots of good choices, but the key things to look for are still around cost, convenience and customer support. Luckily Barron’s, the leading investment magazine […]

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How to Invest in Stocks, ETFs and Mutual Funds

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With the economy showing continued signs of improvement and financial markets making a strong recovery (example: Wall Street exec’s are back to paying themselves big bonuses), many would be investors are more willing to invest in the stock market in order to earn higher than average returns. Investing in this day and age is easy […]

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Use Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) When Unsure About Which Stocks to Buy

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With the stock market rallying, many investors want to participate in the gains but don’t know which stocks to buy. For example, you’ve heard that the tech sector is sizzling and well known names like Google (GOOG) and Apple (APPL) are reporting stellar earnings – but still don’t know which one has the best long […]

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Where is the stock market headed?

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My dad use to say, “you can’t get blood from a turnip“. When you hear this phase during your younger years, your thoughts tend to imagine a guy squeezing a turnip and hoping blood will come out. Your next thought is something along the lines of, “why would someone squeeze a turnip, to get blood?!”. […]

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Investment Portfolio update – Down and out 8%

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Well, here is the latest instalment of my bi-monthly portfolio update. Like most people last month was especially brutal for my portfolio and I am down on almost all the stocks in it. After a 7% rise up to my last update on May 19th, the portfolio is down 8% (compared to a 12% fall […]

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How to Buy Shares via an Online Stock Broker – Two Simple Steps To Making Your First Stock Purchase

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My brother-in-law recently decided he wanted to buy some Visa shares (V) following a discussion we had around the positive outlook for the company. However he has never bought shares before and asked me about the process. So this post is for him and others new to the stock market. It may look complex with […]

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