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Buying Penny Stocks

Are penny stocks only worth a penny? Well in most cases not even that much, but on the other hand, some $100 stocks are not worth the investment either. I’ve seen yahoo shares go from .78 to $118, back to $4.85 and now 4 years later $23. Home Depot in Dec of 1999 hit $70 a share and now 8 years later it $21.

If your looking for information to learn how to buy stocks for beginners, here’s some that will help you out immensely. Buying a penny stock is just as hard as buying a Dow 30 stock, but the rewards are far greater for a $1.00 stock to grow 100%. It just has to go to $2.00, where as a $100 stock has to go to $200, which is a far greater feat. Most of the time, a $100 stock will have revenues of $2 or $3 billion for its share price. To double in one year, revenues will have to grow to $4 or $6 billion, where as a $1 or $2 stock might have revenues of $50-$100 million. It’s easy for them to grow revenue to 100 or 200 million in a year. This is why the small cap market outperforms the Dow every year.

Just remember that most every company out there was once a stock under $5.00. I have always said that there’s a stock going up over 100% every day in the stock market and if you do your DD’s (due diligence) you can be the one who finds it. Just don’t look for them in the mid – large cap stock. Penny and small cap stocks are where you will find them. Look at the earnings report and make sure they are increasing 50% quarter over quarter minimally and then check out the chart. Look at the volume to see if it has been rising steadily and see if they have been in a trading range for a 3 to 6 months period. The trend is your friend.

Once you see them breakout from that trading range – BUY! The chart will always tell you what to do before the news comes out. Most of the time one or two week after a breakout, the news will come out and push the stock higher. Remember, you want to be ahead of the herd not with them. If you try to follow the herd, it’s likely that you missed the big gains or you got in too late and you missed it all together. Always remember to sell and secure your profits. As Jim Cramer likes to say, “bears make money, bulls make money and pigs get slaughtered.

This is just some of what has to be done, so when you’re ready to start buying stock online, do your DD’s first.

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Dividend Stocks

The stock market has been a very bumpy ride for most investors, so much so that many of them are sitting on the sidelines. it’s a shame that they are doing it since there are other ways to making money than buying low and selling high. Dividend stocks are just another way to make money even when the stock market isn’t doing anything.

There are hundreds of companies that are traded on Wall Street that offer high dividend paying stocks for investors to take advantage of. What are dividends? Dividends are a way for a company to share the profit of the company with it’s shareholders. Many times a company has grown so much that they don’t need to put so much into research and development, so they will pass a portion of it to it’s shareholders on a quarterly basis (four times a year).

in doing so, an investor can make money even if the company’s stock price doesn’t change. Let’s say you buy shares in company XYZ for $100 per share and the company offers a 10% dividend. Which means that the company will give it shareholders $10 a year for each share you own. So four times a year you will receive $2.50 every three months for each share. After one year of owning the shares, your actual price per share is $90. If the price hasn’t moved over the same period, you are still up 10% on your investment. How could you go wrong with that? So where can you find stocks that pay dividends? When you do your research on a particular company, you will find the information in their chart overview.

There are also many different ETF’s that are built around this concept, but why pay a fee for something you can do yourself. Typically you can also do better than the ETF’s since you are able to get in and out easier than the big boys.

Be aware though that Washington and the present Administration is looking to raise capitol gains taxes which will include dividend payouts. Of course if it’s your IRA retirement account, it won’t affect you. Look into it for yourself to see if dividend stocks are right for you. it’s just another way to increase your profits. Espaecially when the stability of the markets are highly in question.

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What Exactly are Penny Stocks?

Before even thinking of buying penny stocks it’s probably a good idea to understand what they are and how they’re viewed by the investing world. Three basic categories of penny stocks are used to define the actual words. Each one has a separate meaning with entirely different investment potential, risk ratios, and trading strategies. You might already know one of these meanings, however if you are doing research or talking about trading with another trader, you need to be careful because the information could be referring to an entirely separate meaning. Therefore, you must understand each meaning in order to make sure everyone is talking about the same one.


True Share Value – When people who do not know much about investing hear “penny stock” this is what they assume is the meaning. This is when a penny stock is valued under a dollar. Usually people believe that the stock is only valued at one cent. This meaning is not used very often in publications, probably due to the fact that it makes perfect sense. If a trader is speaking of a stock that is traded on a major market, such as the NYSE, then it is typically worth no more than $5.00 for each share.


The Stock Market Exchange – On occasion, and in particular with penny stock brokers, the meaning of penny stocks is derived from the market on which the stock is traded. The most prevalent penny stock exchange is Over the Counter, or the pink sheets. Basically, this means that the stock is not qualified to be on one of the more conventional markets. Pink sheets have started to examine penny stocks to make sure they meet their requirements for their exclusive penny stock market.


Market Capitalization – This is the final category of a penny stock and it is based on the company’s value. Usually, the companies have to be worth under $100 million dollars. The essential aspect is the company’s size, rather than the actual value and the price of each penny stock share.

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High Yields: How to Invest in a High-Yield ETF

If you are like most people, then you like the idea of having your money work for you. One way in which it does this is when it is invested. When your money is invested, it grows as the companies you are invested in grow. Thus, you make money off of the work of others.


However, all too often people are afraid to put their money to work in the stock market because it seems like a confusing place. Many worry that their money might evaporate away if a stock goes under. For example, if you invest in a gold ETF fund, and the price of gold collapses, then you’re busted — you lose your investment. The same goes for Oil ETFs, the natural gas ETF and others. While this fear is legitimate if you are invested in only one stock, there are ways to diversify your money and to grow it without having to learn the complexities of the market. This way is by investing in a high yield ETF.


A high yield ETF (Exchange Traded Fund) is an investment vehicle in which your money is given to a professional who manages the money for you by placing it into a number of high yielding stocks. A high yield stock means a stock that pays a high dividend relative to it’s share price. By investing in this kind of ETF you are allowing compound interest to work in your favor in order to significantly grow your money over time.


Conservative style investors might be particularly drawn to high yield ETF’s because of the glamor of the high dividend. Investors have the option of receiving their dividend (share of the company’s earnings) in the form of a check every three months, or in the form of reinvestment in the stock. Reinvestment in the stock gives you a bigger share each time and is generally thought of as the smarter move financially, unless you are using the money as income.


While ETF’s are a relatively new product of Wall Street, they are in many ways similar to mutual funds. They allow you to not have to worry about studying the stock market before investing. You may simply place your money into these funds on a set schedule (i.e. monthly, weekly, etc.) and allow it to grow over time for you. This makes your investing automatic, rather than focusing on random ETF news and sound bites. Naturally you should never jump into an investment halfheartedly. If you want your money to work for you and compound over time, then you are going to need to stick to your investment plan.

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Stock Options And Leverage

If you are new to investing you’ve probably heard of stock options and wondered if they are something you should include in your portfolio. The answer is “not until you fully understand them”, and even then only with extreme caution. Options are not for beginners, although no one ever lost any money getting a good stock options explanation.


Options involve leverage, the use of which allows you to control more of an underlying investment using less money than you would if you paid cash. If this sounds like an unusual financial maneuver, it’s really very common: home mortgages are examples of leveraged investments. The difference between buying stock and stock options is that the latter have an expiration date, which means that their value is constantly under pressure from “time decay”. With stocks one can simply buy and hold a company’s shares, and wait for the move one expects to occur. With options you do not have this luxury.


The upside of leverage is that for a given amount of money they put into an investment, an upward move its value will result in a higher percentage return on your money. Getting a 10% move upwards in a stock you own gives you a 10% return; buying an option on the same stock could give you a 100% return for the same move in the stock (depending on the specifics of the option contract that you buy). As you might expect there is a downside to leverage as well: a relatively small percentage decline in the value of the stock could wipe out your entire options investment, and instead of being able to wait for the stock to come back and move in our favor, we are confronted by the expiration date of the option getting closer every day.


My purpose here was to lay out the potential benefits and risks of the leverage that one assumes upon purchasing options contracts, without getting bogged down in details. There are plenty of places to learn about stock options but having a firm grasp on the way leverage increases the risk of the investment, as well as the potential returns, is probably the single most important thing to remember when you try to decide whether options trading is for you, or not. Once you understand the game, do yourself a favor and trade options on paper for a while, before you commit real money to them.

Alternative Energy Gets Better Everyday

Alternative Energy has been on the minds of people for decades and as the time goes on the technology improves. The price of oil is once again on the rise. The cost of coal has risen and after the latest disaster in Kentucky it has shown us that we need to move towards alternative energy.

Out of all the different alternative energy sources, wind power seems to be the best choice of them all. Why do I say that? Well, it’s because wind power can cost as litter as $0.02 per kwh. One company that I’ve spoken about before and I still stand behind is Mass MegaWatts Wind Power Inc. (MMGW,OB: OTC). They have been doing the right thing in progressing towards a more efficient way in producing wind energy.

Last Friday they released a report in regards to their new design in their turbine blades. Mass MegaWatts has multiple patents on their equipment and that alone will bring value to the company. With many other wind turbine designs, they are costly when it comes to repairs. Unlike other designs, Mass MegaWatts has put together a unit that doesn’t require huge cranes to make repairs to their blades. Mass MegaWatts have also designed a product that is not harmful to birds. The big GE wind turbines have killed many birds, including ones that are on the endangered list.

Presently the stock is sitting at around $0.70 per share and is ready for a break out. they have things in the works that will increase their revenue immensely. I’ve spoken to the company and from what we’ve talked about, this stock is ready to explode. In the coming weeks we will hear a lot of news from this company and I know that it will be positive and wall street will finally take notice of it’s potential. Currently there are no analyst covering this stock, which of course is good for investors looking to get in at good price before everyone else jumps on the “band wagon”.

Look for yourself and you will see that this is the next alternative energy company that will bring new and great things.

Happy Trading.

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Stock Dividends And Their Benefits

When any company makes a profit, the directors may divide the profit among the stockholders as ‘dividends’ or they may decide to use it to expand the business. Dividends may be paid only out of the company’s profits only. When profits are used to expand the business, the directors and stockholders may decide to issue more stock to show that there is more money invested in the business. The new stock will be divided among the stockholders as a ‘stock dividend’. Hence, stock dividend could be conveniently defined as the distribution of extra shares among the stockholders or investors of the company.


Many companies and financial institutions offer shares to the investors in order to generate money for the organization. The investors also put money in the organization through these shares. Such an investment is greatly dependent on the reputation and performance of the organization. Hoping to get good returns in the form of cash dividends or stock dividends is the main reason behind making these investments. There are many advantages of stock dividend. Firstly, no tax is levied on such dividends, much to the relief of the stockholder.


In case a stockholder earns some stock dividends from the company he invested in, he or she is not expected to pay any type of tax on that until he or she decides to sell the additional shares. Secondly, the stock dividends earned by the stockholder enables him or her with additional ownership in the organization, which in turn may prove profitable to the stockholder in the future. The stock dividends are given to a particular stockholder depending on the number of shares he or she holds. How lucrative a certain stock dividend is going to be; again depends on the performance of the organization in the market.


I might add here that I am the stockholder in a few companies of good standing in the commercial market. I have always been a little skeptical before investing in any stock or shares. Somehow, going by the sea changes that have been happening in the economic scenario, I have always opted for cash dividend instead of stock dividend. Cash dividend is one way of ensuring that you have ready cash on your hand at the end of the year based on the company’s earnings. This money can be utilized for reinvesting, if need be. What if you opt for stock dividend, and suddenly the company does not perform well and reports sick, all your shares will nothing but worthless pieces of paper. You will have to again wait with bated breath and hope that the company is revived with a rehabilitation package in place.

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Investing In The Financial Sector

There’s no doubt about it, the stock market can be a fantastic way to make money. Historical analysis shows that the rate of return on money invested in the stock market is, on average, better than that of money invested in government bonds, certificates of deposit, and most other investment options. However, it can also be a fantastic way to lose money if you are not careful, so that’s why it is absolutely vital that you know what you are doing before you go out and drop down some money for what is, in fact, nothing more than a few bits of information stored in a computer somewhere on Wall Street.


The stock market can be broken down into sectors based on the types of stocks for sale, such as blue chip stocks, industrial stocks, technology stocks, or financial stocks. The financial sector is a popular area for investment, but as with all stock market investments, and indeed all of life, it is important to know what your are buying before you buy it. What that means for you is that you need to research the companies that you are interested in.


All companies in the United States are required to send financial information to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), which posts this information on its web site. By looking through the financial filings of companies, you find out a lot about them. Some things to look at are: how much the company owes, how much it makes per year, and how much it has paid out to investors in the past in the form of dividends. You can find out more about what to look for in these financial filings by going to your local library and checking out any book on the stock market.


There’s more to the stock market than just this, however. One thing that is hammered into the heads of all business school graduates is this: diversify, diversify, diversify. Think about it: if all of your money is tied up in one company, and that company goes belly-up, you have no hope. But if you have spread out your investments over many different companies, then you will take only a small loss. Something else to watch out for is becoming too attached to your stocks. We all have our favorite companies, but if your pet stock is showing losses quarter after quarter, it may be time to bail. It’s better to take a small loss now than to wait until that favorite company is selling for pennies per share.


There is much more to playing the stock market than just this, of course, but if you follow these few simple tricks, you’ll be well on your way to success.

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Investing In The Energy Sector

Broadly speaking, the energy sector refers to that sector of the economy that is comprised of a wide variety of stocks (public shares in companies) that have energy production as their essential business. Examples, of these energy stocks include oil companies like Conoco Phillips or Exxon, coal companies, and even “green” energy companies like First Solar which attempts to capitalize on solar energy. As these examples show, some of these stocks may be foreign (for example, Conoco Phillips is Canadian), or U.S. companies (for example, First Solar).


Of course, some U.S. companies do business overseas (for example, Exxon). Thus, an investment in the energy sector may involve the purchase of these different kinds of stocks and many others that fit this description, and it sometimes wise for an investor to consider what element(s) of the business sector is most appealing, given that investor’s beliefs about what types of energy are apt to be particularly fast growing enterprises or what areas of the world are most apt to need and have the ability to expand energy production. An investor can purchase individual energy stocks or a stock fund in which the fund manager has assembled a group of stocks that all share in common a primary involvement in energy production.


This too becomes a consideration, since an investor may have more confidence that a single company will do well in the future than a group of related but different companies or may dislike the idea of investing entirely in a single company and prefer a wider bet that the energy sector will do well, whether a given company does or not. If the intent is to invest in the energy sector, it is generally best to purchase a mutual fund run by a good fund manager with low overhead costs in order to place a wide bet on this sector of the economy generally.


With this decision made, the next step is to research various mutual funds, perhaps through a fund rating company like Morning Star,in order to determine which mutual fund might be purchasing those energy stocks the investor most likes, in the region of the world that the investor believes to be most ripe for fast growth, managed by a fund manager with a good track record, and set up to minimize the overhead costs (for example, the management fees and the commission costs at purchase and sale of the mutual fund). In my judgment, the new investor should always look first at the Vanguard mutual funds.

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Dividend Re-Investment Program

A DRIP, or Dividend ReInvestment Program, is a method of investing that makes it easy to build an investment in a single companies stock, over a period of time. These programs work by allowing investors to buy a set price worth of shares on a recurring basis. Entry costs are generally low, and additional benefits come from the fact that investors buy from the company directly and so avoid brokers fees. The key feature of a DRIP is that dividends paid are reinvested in the company, with additional shares being automatically bought on the investors behalf.


Drip investment programs at their heart seem relatively simple, and are often offered to employees of the company in question. Outside of the company, DRIPs are popular among beginning investors who see the low entry cost and the ability to get more shares over time without having to decide when to buy. Despite the fact that DRIPs are attractive to these investors, they should not be overlooked as a strong part of a diverse portfolio for a more experienced investor.


One often overlooked fact is that you can participate in a DRIP with as little as one share, in some cases. This, coupled with the lack of brokers fees, means that it is possible to snap up low numbers of speculative shares in a range of companies that a seasoned investor feels might have potential to undergo rapid growth. In fact, shares can be bought in any company in which an investor wishes to take a long term position using that companies DRIP rather than going through a broker – although every DRIP has varying conditions and not all are fee-free. The best place to find this information is on the web site of the company you are considering.


Another point worth remembering is that dividends paid on shares held as a DRIP do not have to be reinvested! Subject to the company, investors can choose to reinvest part or none of a dividend, and have the rest paid out as usual, making the DRIP perform exactly like a conventional investment (and possibly minimizing tax complications). So regardless of your level of investment experience – DRIPs can be a valuable (yet cheap) way to build your portfolio!

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