Minny's Stock Market & Stock Exchange Info
The stock market is one of the world's most popular investments, these days it seems like everybody is involved. There is a good reason for this; it is probably the best combination of risk and return that you will find. However in order to be successful with the stock market it is important to know what you are doing.
When people talk about the stock market they tend to refer to it as one giant market that has all of the stocks. In reality of course this not true. There are actually hundreds of small markets ranging from the very large to the very small. That being said from the investor's perspective it won't make that much of a difference. After all you have to make your purchases through a broker so it really won't matter to you which stock exchange the trade occurs on. Nevertheless it is a good idea to be aware of the different markets.
The big thing that you have to understand about the stock market is that it is an investment, that means that it is intended to be held for the long term. Over the years the market tends to rise and that is what will get you the good returns. If you are constantly jumping from one stock to another looking to get rich quick or if you panic and sell as soon as your stock goes down it is very unlikely that you will be a successful investor. In this case you would probably be better off looking into one of the other investment options that is available to you.
When you are investing in the stock market it is important that you research the stocks that you are interested in before you buy them. Do not buy based on a tip or on a broker's recommendation. You need to look at the stock and make a decision if it is a good option for your portfolio. There are lots of different theories on how to evaluate stocks so you can pick the one that you like the best. But make sure that you do have a reason for the stocks that you are picking.
The other big thing that you have to do when you are investing in the stock market is to make sure that you know when you are going to sell. This is actually more important than picking the right stock in the first place. Oddly most investors never put any real thought into it. This is a huge mistake. You should have a plan for when you are going to get out of a position before you even enter it. You should set certain criteria as soon as these are met you sell and move on. The number of people who have lost their shirts trying to hold on until the absolute top is huge. Don't become part of this group.