Nice And Respectable Stock Market Investment Options

By Johnny M Junior

For those of us who have for long nurtured dreams of holding shares in a company the stock market is the perfect place to start. Investment is all about taking a sum of money and using it to generate more money. So the stock market has been targeted by a large number of investors who are either too busy or short of enough capital to start their own income generating scheme.

The very first thing you should know is that the stock market is a very unstable arena where prices change and fluctuate several times in a week. Owing to this unpredictability it can be a risky option to invest in the stock exchange. Today a share might go for $3 and the day after the price would have gone down to $0. 50, anything can happen. With that in mind you should plan your investments carefully so that you don't lose out on hard earned money.

Having realized that the stock exchange is unpredictably uncertain you must start by investing a small amount of money before you go big. Starting small has always had the benefit of giving a good vantage point from which to observe trends and influential market forces. So once you have held stocks for a good year you can then decide on how much more to invest and in what.

I recently read an article on stocks and shares that breathed a scintillating breath of life in me. It was about attaining a balance between household expenditure and stock investments. As a beginner you won't have that much money to start off with and this can be dangerous if you don't manage your expenses well. Look at your fixed income and make a budget of all monthly expenses. The excess money remaining behind is what you must invest to avoid being in financial doldrums.

Like I mentioned before you must be slow and careful when you're still learning. Do a substantial amount of research first before you decide on what you're really going to invest your money on. There are the monthly; yearly or quarterly reports issued free of charge with explanations and trends that dominated the stock market. Another source of research material is the bestselling books written by people who have made marked fortunes on the stock exchange. To further increase your knowledge you can read magazines on the stock exchange. With that said let's move on to present market trends and how they can give you an idea of how to react.

Shifting our attention we will look at how the market has been performing over the past 3-4 months. One noticeable trend is how the price of precious metals has been on a gradual increase. Gold in particular rose from $950 to $1200 per fine ounce. So if I were to invest in something right now, it would be gold because it provides a good buffer against the fall of currencies. Silver is yet another metal that is worth the time; effort and money.

Nevertheless the rise of shares and stocks can be very misleading. This is the case with the price of oil that has been rising in a fashion similar to gold. But oil prices are more unstable owing to the fact that it's availability is dependent on too many market forces like political instability and extreme speculative activities.

And there are the downright investments you must be skeptical of. These include mutual /shared funds and ETF's. Be careful when it comes to these. Do your research! - 31970

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