At Last! Stock Market Myths

Among the various myths and misconceptions in existence, few match the mystique of stock markets from the eyes of a layman. The stock market and all things associated with it are often seen by many people (who’re vaguely familiar with it at best) as something bearing a huge hidden risk. That’s really not the case. Yes, there is risk, but quite frankly, dealing in the market doesn’t mean you’re dealing with the devil. In fact, we’ve compiled some well known myths about the same.

Here is a list of ten myths about the share market.

• Stocks = Risk!

That’s not true. The main function of stock investment is wealth creation. Investing in stocks sensibly over a long period helps create wealth for the investor. The key to investing in the share market is discipline. Learn to build a portfolio that offers you steady growth and diversify your holdings. Any investment carries with itself an element of risk.

• No Broker = No Profit

The reality is that the working of a stock market is not the simplest thing to understand. Hence, if a person takes some time out to actually understand and gets to know the manner in which the market works, he would naturally stand to make some gains out of it. You do however need to invest some time in it and with experience; you’ll become a great investor.

• Buying Stocks = Gambling

One of the oldest and widely circulated myths about the market is that venturing in is nothing more than gambling. The biggest function of equity market is wealth creation whereas no wealth is created in gambling.

• No Market for Old Men

Age has nothing to do with your competence in the stock market. Regardless of your age, you should pick healthy, growth-oriented companies to ensure a profitable portfolio.

• You don’t need to know a lot

If you want to succeed in the market, you need to know everything there is to know about the stocks you’re investing in. Warren Buffet endorses the fact that you should know everything about your stocks and the sector. If you hire a good investment advisor, he will always be on top of the knowledge game and offer valuable advice.

• Always buy when stock price is low

This is not true all the time. Please don’t assume that stocks which are down will rise again. There are no guarantees of the same.

• Always sell when Stock is rising

As with the previous point, this is again not true all the time. If stocks are rising, the outlook may be promising for the company and it may move on to bigger things. Thus, it may not be the best time to sell the stock.

• Fallen stocks will rise again

This is an area where many investments falter. This is not true at all. There are a host of reasons as to why stocks lose their value. Intrinsic, as well as extrinsic factors are responsible for the fall and as a result, there is no guarantee that fallen stocks will pick up pace and rise in value.

• Stocks that have rallied will fall

If a business is doing fine, there’s no reason why its stocks should tumble on day. There might be some movement on a daily basis but that’s merely an indication of certain relevant factors in the market.

• Market forecast should be precise

Even Nostradamus couldn’t predict the fortunes that lie in the stock market; Case in point - SENSEX. While certain things can be deduced, the market is not an exact science. As an investor, patience is the key – long-term plan has been seen to create more wealth over short-term gains.

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Finally, The Best Basic investments Tips for Novice Investors !

Irrespective of your income and age, you can always learn how to invest your hard-earned dollars efficiently to ensure significant ROI (return on investment). With rapid disappearance of conventional defined-benefit pension plans, people have become more conscious about their financial condition after retirement and thus they are getting more and more inclined towards saving and investment during the working years.

Therefore, as a beginner in investment, gathering enough knowledge will undoubtedly help you to meet your financial goals in due course.

Here are some useful tips for the greenhorn investors.

• Add up and segregate your assets – First of all, you need to add up investable assets and then distribute them into two categories - short term and long term. Money that you want to get back with good return within next 5 years should belong to short term category, while money that you can leave invested for 5 years or more should be considered for long term category. Money in the former category should always be invested in safe financial vehicles such as savings account, certificates of deposit or money market funds; you must not take any risk with that money. Nevertheless, you can take risk with the money in latter category; it can be invested in stock market or bonds.

• Contact your employer – You can contact your company’s accounting department and ask for investment opportunities offered by the company. Being a worker for a private employer you may get access to a 401k plan, while as a public agency staff you can have access to 403b plan. Some employers fund an employee stock purchase plan to the employees apart from mentioned retirement plans. An employee stock purchase plan allows the employee to accumulate shares by means of payroll deductions.

• Put enough in retirement plans – To get advantage of employer-based retirement plans, you must fill up the enrollment application. Make sure you put enough into your 403b or 401k plan to get full matching grant from your employer. Not doing this denotes you’re losing free money on the table.

• Think about mutual funds – You can consider mutual funds for your investment tool for long term. They are comparatively less risky if compared to stock market. To start off in this market, you need to understand all pros and cons associated with this. Also you should know the fees and expenses, and select one that charges minimum. Accordingly to a survey published on Motley Fool website, some mutual funds charge as low as only .18%, so you can consider this as a benchmark.

Points to note

Consider dollar-cost averaging if investing into mutual funds. Dollar-cost averaging means you invest same amount of money every month irrespective of the market trends. It helps you accumulate more number of shares while the market falls and vice versa.

Discussed above are some basic, but very useful tips that you can surely observe to invest successfully, effectively and professionally and guarantee robust personal finance during the years after retirement. However, you can always consult an investment Guru to show you the right path to ensure maximum ROI.

Alan Starc is a very knowledgeable investment advisor. From stock market to mutual funds, from forex market to commodity market – he provides his clients with market-friendly investment suggestions. Please read more trendy topics here @ www.alpari.co.uk


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