Why Successful Stock Trading?

How’s your stock trading doing? Have you been successful in the past ten years? Or has your 401K or personal investing account been sucked dry the gyrations of the stockmarket over the past few years?

Are you looking to get started with your first time investments? Or are you now dipping your toes back in trading because you want to rescue your current investment from its double digit losses?

Can you answer ‘yes’…?

Where are your stocks trading?

You’ve read the newspapers, you’ve watched the TV news, perhaps you’ve even dabbled less than successfully with a few stocks …

Successful Stock Trading aims to take you from setting your foundations right through to finding and making successful stock trades.

While we won’t tell you which stocks to buy or sell, I’ll be giving you examples of what works, what doesn’t, and tips on managing your money and your investing.

This site should be especially appropriate if you can answer ‘yes’ to any of the following questions:

  • Have you bought and held only to find some stocks go to $0?
  • Have you lost a lot of your portfolio in the recent market gyrations?
  • Have you traded in and out of stocks with no clear goals or direction or profits?
  • Are you facing personal finance troubles and suspect that stock investing or stock trading could help you get out of them?

Your Financial Journey Begins…

This site started out as a personal journey on another website, a journey for me that began in 1995. What happened you may ask? One of life’s turning points: my marriage. For many people, the onset of marriage, the birth of a child, the prospect of retirement or redundancy, all act to focus the mind on one’s personal finances.

While I take you through the steps to successful stock trading, I will encourage, describe and examine the basic steps in light of my own personal experience. However, each of your own situations may be quite different from mine, and the story of how you arrived at your current place also different. As you correspond with me, I’ll try to offer my own insights, too.

Start at the very beginning

For those interested in stock trading, it’s a risky field, but one thing is certain: everyone needs proper foundations. By building up your foundations before you start investing, you will lay the the concrete for a stronger and much more satisfying experience in the stock market.

So let’s take a look at the basic steps to successful stock trading.

Order, order!

Step 1: put your financial house in order

In the excitement to invest or trade stocks, many investors risk losing (and do lose) their shirts because what starts out as a gamble on a hot tip often means that person’s savings have gone down the tube, or perhaps even their next mortgage payment or more.

So putting your finances in good stead, though the least exciting part of the journey to successful stock trades, is in fact the most important.

You will learn the basics of how to budget, why to pay down high interest loans, the risks of borrowing. More than this, you will gain an insight into the laying of your foundations. You will also find out how and why you should set aside some real savings in the bank, even before you make your first successful trade.

This blog doesn’t aim to be a personal finance blog, so we won’t necessarily delve as deeply into this area as could be done. You’ll be pointed to other resources for that.

Ready, set, … wait!

Step 2: We will find out about the stockmarket, what trading is, ways to trade stocks, which brokers are best, and which are suitable for successful stock trading. We’ll also look briefly at the different markets you can invest in: stocks, bonds, commodities, options, and much more.

We may even do some paper trading to help you see what mistakes you might make, and we’ll look at some online tools for those.

Risk vs. Reward

Step 3: We’ll look at what kind of risk profile and rewards you are looking for by taking part in the stockmarket.

Are you looking for early retirement, saving for a house, your child’s education or you just want to be ‘rich’… Whichever of these is your situation, we may have some suggestions that you could look at to help you manage risk, review your risk profile, and determine what your longer term goals are.

Nitty Gritty

Step 4: This gets down to looking at some of the companies on offer and examines how to read financials for the fundamental investor. We’ll also be having a look at some stock portfolios that you could trade. Although I won’t be suggesting particular trades, we’ll look at some strategies and ways of organizing your portfolios.

Research, read, and reward

Why do all the good words start with ‘re’? Simply because it’s your REsponsibility to do your own due diligence (check out any trades/stocks and information) on what you intend to buy or sell. No one else can do this for you. Nor should they. Many a pundit will want you to follow their model, their trades, and charge you a PRETTY PENNY for this information.

I won’t. That’s my promise to you. I’ll provide as much good value information as I can. Of course, you need to consider my input carefully before you make your decision. After all, it’s better to make your own decisions using your own research rather than accept the glib tenets and tired advice of some commission-based ‘expert’, isn’t it? That’s my aim, simply.

Qualified? Hell, no!

What qualifications do I bring to this whole affair? None. I’m a teacher who fell into business, started working on website development and reading about the stock market in depth nearly 15 years ago. I’ve traded stocks through the dot com boom era, earning a decent return before losing it all in the bust that followed.

I’ve clawed my way back with some effort to a portfolio that is currently worth around 50% of the dotcom boom period, but with a monthly dividend, and about 10% in cash at the moment. And I’ve decided to share my experience with you in the hope that you will learn from my mistakes, enjoy reading my website, and may even find a few decent resources to help you in your quest for successful stock trading.

The right tools: the right know-how!

Thoughts for investors:

Sometimes you have to act without having certainty. That is not to say you are acting irrationally. You are just acting with incomplete information. And sometimes you have to bide your time. Wisdom comes from being able to discern what course of action is required at the given point in time.

 Either way, you are going to need the right tools to help you do successful stock trading, aren’t you? And in these crazy times, this goes doubly so, after all… Don’t forget to read my disclaimer, though!

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Whatever investing you decide to do, remember:

* no investment is guaranteed,
* any returns need a combination of research and insight and guts
* and avoid loss of principal.