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I want to start investing, are stocks best for me?


On this blog I write about [tag]investing into stocks[/tag] for beginners. However, it is dedicated to those [tag]investors[/tag] who want to actively invest into [tag]stocks[/tag] instead of putting [tag]money[/tag] into [tag]Mutual funds[/tag], CDs, [tag]savings accounts[/tag], [tag]ETF[/tag]s or any other investing vehicles. This blog is about a small portion of the entire investing [tag]portfolio[/tag] every investor should build. So, I assume you already have your investments diversified.
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Posted by Martin December 01, 2008
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Stay away from a choppy stock market

Stay away from a choppy stock market

A bear is still raging in the [tag]market[/tag]. Today’s drop ended the [tag]rally attempt[/tag]. I was thinking to keep the market status as it is, but the drop was too big.

[tag]Dow[/tag]
-679.95 -7.70% 8,149.09
[tag]Nasdaq[/tag]
-137.50 -8.95% 1,398.07
[tag]S&P[/tag]
-80.03 -8.93% 816.21

The market is probably entering its side way trend. The only positive thing on this would be that it won’t go further down (well, it still can go lower, if my assumption is wrong).

Dow Jones Industrial Index

Tip: This market is not the one you want to be [tag]invest[/tag]ed, unless you can use a day-trading technique. The market is usually very volatile during the side-way period and most stocks tend to follow it. There is still nothing to do than waiting. Use this time for studying the market and stocks, save money, do not open any new positions, create [tag]emergency account[/tag] if you still do not have it, build a [tag]watch list[/tag] and wait for the market to tell you when it is the best time to start [tag]buying stocks[/tag] again.


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Posted by Martin November 30, 2008
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Investor’s checklist III. – Strategy 1.

Investor's checklist III. - Strategy 1.

Having a [tag]strategy[/tag] in a battlefield was a key to a battle or a war victory. Having a strategy in a [tag]business[/tag] is a key to a success in everyone’s business. People plan their work, vacation and even their family budget (well, some of them). Every morning when we get up, we may start our thoughts with a simple question: “What am I going to do today?”. At work we have schedules and plan our meetings. When it comes to investing our hard earned money, we are blind and deaf. We [tag]invest[/tag] without any plans, strategies and tactics. It is a random walk, which looses our money. About 80% of all [tag]investors[/tag] and traders loose their [tag]money[/tag]. There are many causes, one of them is a lack of any kind of strategy.
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Posted by Martin November 28, 2008
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Picks 11/24 – 11/28


No [tag]new picks[/tag].

There is nothing to buy out there.

Existing holdings:

100% CASH


Contribution this week: $0

Starting account value = $1,903.78

Account value = $1,809.80 (without margin)

Buying power = $1,809.80

[tag]Portfolio Gain/loss[/tag] this week = -4.94%

[tag]Portfolio[/tag] Gain/Loss for NOVEMBER 2008 = -5.74%

Portfolio Gain/loss since inception = -19.19%

[tag]Annual Return[/tag] (CAGR): -19.19%

Now the portfolio is 100% cash, waiting for the new confirmed rally. I transferred all money to a savings account and I will be saving more money for the new upturn, study the market and wait.


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Posted by Martin November 26, 2008
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The stock market: promises and wishful thoughts

The stock market: promises and wishful thoughts

When the [tag]stock market[/tag] started rocketing last Monday, I was very suspicious about it. I truly wished the [tag]market[/tag] would turn already, finish its bottoming and start moving up, even slowly, carefully, but with confidence. Then I have realized that all this move is based on a fake power. The news that the Government is going to bail-out CitiGroup by pouring 20-something billions of inflationary [tag]dollars[/tag] into another [tag]company[/tag], which doesn’t deserve it at all, Obama’s picks of people in his future administration and some others, are just promises and wishful thoughts, which won’t do anything good to the market in a long run. I would like to be wrong however. The truth is that the stock market is [tag]oversold[/tag] and it needs some impulse to boost its growth. Maybe these “news” will help it grow. We may see what would happen in the stock market next week. All the rise could be a pre-holiday rush, which will fade next week.

[tag]Dow[/tag]
+247.14 +2.91% 8,726.61
[tag]Nasdaq[/tag]
+67.37 +4.60% 1,532.10
[tag]S&P[/tag]
+30.29 +3.53% 887.68

However when you take a look at the chart we can see a turnover, which was missing last time. The OVB indicator turned sharply up and the Dow index raised 4th day in a row. However the only negative point is declining low volume.

Dow Jones chart

I am changing the market status to “Rally Attempt” even though the low volume and the sources of this attempt are weak and may cause another failure next week.

Tip: There is still nothing to do than waiting. This attempt may fail as a few attempts ago. Use this time for studying the market and stocks, save money, do not open any new positions, create [tag]emergency account[/tag] if you still do not have it, build a [tag]watch list[/tag] and wait for the market to tell you when it is the best time to start [tag]buying stocks[/tag] again.


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Protect your money: timing the market


I wrote about [tag]timing the market[/tag] in my previous post to emphasize this approach and to show that it is a [tag]good strategy[/tag], which every [tag]individual investor[/tag] who wants to manage his own [tag]portfolio[/tag] actively and [tag]make money[/tag] consistently should learn and practice as long as he or she becomes a pro. This strategy can help you to survive [tag]bear markets[/tag] like this one with the peace of mind while protecting your own [tag]money[/tag] you already have made during your [tag]investing[/tag] career.
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Posted by Martin November 22, 2008
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Picks 11/17 – 11/21


No [tag]new picks[/tag].

There is nothing to buy out there.

Existing holdings:

100% CASH


Contribution this week: $0

Starting account value = $1,903.78

Account value = $1,809.80 (without margin)

Buying power = $1,809.80

[tag]Portfolio Gain/loss[/tag] this week = -4.94%

[tag]Portfolio[/tag] Gain/Loss for NOVEMBER 2008 = -5.74%

Portfolio Gain/loss since inception = -19.19%

[tag]Annual Return[/tag] (CAGR): -19.19%

Now the portfolio is 100% cash, waiting for the new confirmed rally. I transferred all money to a savings account and I will be saving more money for the new upturn, study the market and wait.


Are you interested in Reverse Scale Strategy and see how it works when implemented to even a small account?

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AFAM sold


Here we go, AFAM hit my stop loss and has been sold.

11/21/2008 10:57:50 Sold 10 AFAM @ 38.1306
Now I am 100% in cash and waiting for the market to provide new opportunities. Until then I will be saving money and wait.


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AFAM dragged down by the stock market weakness

AFAM dragged down by the stock market weakness

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The stock market sank by 445 points again. Leading [tag]stocks[/tag] such as AFAM headed south pulled by the market without mercy and became a proof that [tag]trading[/tag] against the market is [tag]fools’ play[/tag]. Do not buy any new positions and wait for the market.
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