Not to insult your intelligence but, by definition, a successful stock trade is one whereby the stock increases value after you buy it. Everybody knows this but what many stock traders struggle with is making the right decisions that lead to successful trades and increased personal wealth. Today we’ll examine a couple ideas that will help you make smarter, more lucrative trading decisions. We want to help you have the best online stock trading experience you possibly can.
Going With Your Gut
Some successful traders talk of a feeling they that when acted upon leads to lucrative trades. That’s all well and good but keep track of what your gut has told you in the past. If you consistently make impulsive trades of this sort and you consistently lose money as a result, I’d put a muzzle on your gut.
There is no shame in entrusting your financial future to an experienced expert. If the above situation sounds familiar I’d seriously think about hiring a reputable financial planner or switching to a broker assisted trade account.
Knowledge Is Power
Continuing in a similar vein as above, the quickest way to lose money is to trade in an impulsive and emotional manner. Trading decisions should be made calmly and confidently. The best way to achieve confidence in yourself and your trade decisions is by learning as much as you can about the companies you’re interested buying shares in. Intelligence breeds confidence.
There are innumerable resources on the web for traders. In fact, if you have an account with an online stock broker you may have access to invaluable research right on your broker’s website. Pay attention to such things as stock performance over time and pay attention to recent earnings reports released by the company. Be informed, make smarter choices.
In all things market related the key to success is sound, accurate research. If making money on the market was easy everybody would be doing it. When investing in international companies or domestic companies with international interests, you should be extra vigilant in your research. Here are a few things to pay attention to.
- Before investing in an international company you should research the percentage of economy growth over the last several years in the country where the company is from. If the percentage is low and has decreased over the last several years I’d be wary of the investment.
- With the European Union in a state of flux right now, it’s wise to be careful when investing in European companies. Be particularly wary of those European countries that have been bailed out recently.
- Know where the company’s factories are located. Much of the world isn’t as stable politically and economically as the United States and China, for example. Research the political climate in the countries where factories are located.
Avoid emotional decisions. Research, research, research!!! Simple enough?