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The Host of Mad Money, Jim Cramer has been helping the average person learn about the stock market for a long time. He’s written several books on investing, as well as being the Chairman on TheStreet.com. I for one have made quite a bit of money listening to Jim Cramer.


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Another Day In The Stock Market

With the economy the way it is right now along with the volatility in the stock market, If you have the ability to trade stocks on a daily basis (day trader) or even holding for a day or so, you can make some money without really trying.
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You will still have to do your homework and research on the companies that you want to invest in, but if you have a list of stocks that you’re very familiar with, playing the volatility is quite profitable.
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Yesterday I spoke about building position in the companies that you want to invest in. When the markets were at their lows, I started to do so. I actually picked up some at good prices, even though I would have like them to come down some more. I told you in the past to buy in increments, not all at once. If the price did continue to fall yesterday, I would have bought more later on.
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I bought Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) @ $134.75, Joy Global (NASDAQ:JOYG) @ $34, Research In Motion (NASDAQ:RIMM) @ $76.25 and last, but not least, Sirius Satellite Radio (NASDAQ:SIRI) @ $0.325. I expected prices to bounce back up yesterday as well as a little bit more of a gain today. I was right only three of the four trades I did. This morning I waited for the opening to see what I was going to sell. At the opening bell, Sirius was up to $0.43 per share and after the negative news about their downgrade, I expected it to drop down below $0.40. I put in a limit sell order for $0.425 and it sold shortly afterward. A gain of 30% over night. To be honest I was planning to hold on the Sirius for the long term (until their next earnings report ), but when I was up that much, I sold it and will continue on the next dip.
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As for Apple, I was also able to sell my shares at $138, for a gain of 2.5%. I know that isn’t much to boast about, but if you think that you can’t even get that on a basic 12 month CD these days. Take into consideration that I did buy large amounts of share that help offset the fees that were charged to me. Joy Global was the last on I sold this morning. I sold it at $36.50 per share, for another gain of 7.3%.
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As for RIMM, I didn’t get the action I wanted, but that’s OK since I do expect that to run into the $100 range in the coming months. I will continue to hold on to the share and add to my position.
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You need to take advantage of the opportunities when they present themselves, so if you are able to trade on a daily basis, good luck.

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How Does The Stock Market Work?

One of the top three questions that I hear from friends, family and other people that know that I deal with the stock market on a daily basis is, “how does the stock market work?”. There is no way to really tell you everything there is to know about the stock market in just one post. To understand the stock market totally would take you a few years to do.
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I’ve been dealing with the stock market for quite some time and I have to admit that I still don’t know everything to beat the markets all the time. The stock market are always changing and what may have worked in the past won’t necessarily help you in the future. Of course the basics will stay the same.
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I get my information from many different sources to keep a breast of the situation at hand that will effect the markets. Relying on only one or two sources is not enough to be truly informed.
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That leads me to talk about one of the sources I use on a daily basis. That source is Jim Cramer from Mad Money on CNBC. While his show is some-what informing (I find it more entertaining than informative), I’m referring to his Action Alerts subscription that he offers at TheStreet.com. His Action Alert is a way to get a good look at how he trades stocks as well as his criteria in picking stocks to invest in. He can’t trade stocks for his personal gains, instead he has a portfolio that all the proceeds go to charity. In the subscription he allows you to see what he holds in the portfolio along with daily e-mails (a few of them each day), as to why he is building more or less of a position in a particular stock. He doesn’t buy or sell anything in the portfolio until he has sent out an e-mail to his subscribers informing them of his next move.
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I do have to say that I’ve taken his advice many times over the past few years and have made money following him. The best gains I’ve made following his advice was during a bull market. His portfolio has beaten out the S&P 500 each year I’ve been involved with the Action Alerts, more so during a bull market.
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Investing Mistakes To Watch In 2009

Hello everyone. Are you ready for 2009? Now that we can put 2008 behind us and hopefully all the issues that went along with it, let’s get to some good trading for the new year. Like last year we want to limit the investing mistakes that can easily happen if you’re not careful. So let’s look at what we can avoid to help us in the new year.

The number one mistake that people make and if you were one of the millions that lost money last year, you just might be thinking of doing this. The biggest mistake that you can do is to not invest at all. Sitting on the sidelines watching it happen while no investing is number one mistake. Even if you can invest $20 a week, it’s better than nothing at all.

The longer you put off investing, the less you’ll have when it’s time to retire. Of course you have to have your current financial situation in order, but once that’s done, you have no excuse not to be investing.

Another mistake that people make when investing is they try to get rich quick. Let’s get one thing straight, trying to get rich quick is not investing, it’s gambling. If you want to gamble, go to Vegas. Investing is a long time strategy not a quick fix approach to financial security.

Mistake number three is putting all of your eggs in one basket. If you want to invest, you need to spread the capital around in different areas of the markets as well as different vehicles (i.e. stocks, bonds, CDs etc.). Doing so will help keep you from losing any of you money in one big sweep. Stocks and other types of investment vehicles will go up and down, but not all of them will go in the same direction at once.

Collectibles are not investments. Yes, the first issue of Spiderman is worth a lot of money, but it won’t grow all that much in the future. Don’t expect to sell it to help your kids through college.

I hope that these tips will help you in the coming year. Be patient and happy trading.

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Financial Insight At Money Hacks Carnival

This past week Money Hacks Carnival #38 came out. CreditCards.com hosted the carnival and released a great edition. I recommend everyone to check it out. Here is the link for this edition.
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Are You An Investor Or A Trader?

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Often times people say that they invest in the stock market. Many times I’ve heard people say that they’re a trader of stocks. What’s the difference? It easy to know the answer if you break down the meaning of both of them.
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An Investor is someone who looks toward the future. A person who is looking at the positive outcome of something (ie, stocks, companies, properties). Investors don’t go into anything that they don’t have the full picture of. You will never hear an investor say “I’m hoping for a 10 point jump tomorrow in XYZ”. They don’t look at their portfolio on a daily basis and think of what stock they’ll buy today or sell tomorrow. When an investor gets into an investment, they’re in it for the long haul. The decision wasn’t made hastily and on a whim. He or she has looked over all the necessary paperwork to see if this is a sound and profitable venture. An investor will also look into what the worse case scenario could be and prepares his investment accordingly.
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A trader on the other hand is someone who will ride a trend for a short period of time. He or she is not in it for any long length of time. they see an instant opportunity and make a quick a rapid decision. Yes, they may know the overview of the stock and have an idea on the short term direction of it, but that’s their goal, short term and now. A trader is also known as a day trader for a reason, they will get in and out of a stock with in the same trading day. A trader is looking out for themselves, unlike an investor that may be looking into their future generations as well as their own. A trader doesn’t really care about the future of the company, they won’t be there that long to care.
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It may sound like I’m not too keen on day traders, but I do respect what they do and I’ve been known to day trade myself. I’ve made some good money that way, but I noticed that the more I got into doing it, the less I enjoyed my weekdays. I found myself getting lost in the markets trying to find the next “big hit”. I realized that I wasn’t happy during the trading hours for whatever reason.
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I love the stock market and look forward to it everyday, I don’t let myself get lost in it, for if I do, I’d lose myself as well.

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5 Things That are Affected By A Stronger Dollar

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To help understand the different ways that the markets are affected by each other, I’m listing 5 things that are affected by a stronger dollar.


1. As you saw with last week and especially with today, oil’s price will drop when there’s strength in the dollar. Oil prices around the world are based on our currency. I’m not old enough to remember it, but the dollar used to be linked to gold up until 1973. Since then it’s been oil that linked to the dollar (not officially). As our dollar got weaker, the price of oil went up.


2. The exchange rate of other countries’ currency fluctuate as our dollar goes up or down. This year more money is being spent by foreign tourists because the dollar has been so weak compared to their country’s currency. With a weak dollar a lot of foreign investor like India are buying large share of corporations like what happen with Citicorp. This could and should change with a stronger dollar.


3.When our currency is strong our buying power is too. The price of food and other necessities have risen quite a bit this year because of a weak dollar. When our dollar gets stronger it gives us the ability to buy more. The prices of food have risen , but even with a stronger dollar the prices won’t come down to where they were at the beginning of the year (unfortunately that’s the way of life).


4. The stock market has suffer greatly with the weaker dollar. When the dollar strengthens investors put their money to work in the market. The value of the company is stronger and together the market grows.


5. We as Americans feel better about the economy when the dollar is strong. I know that if my dollar goes further, I feel better. I get better deal shopping, I have more to invest, as well as saving a little more (higher interest rates). Overall I feel stronger as an American.


I know that there are many other things that are affected, if you would like to share any of them, please do so in the comment section of this post.


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Earnings Report Pt 2

There’s a reason why the average/amateur investor should stay away from trying to play earnings report. If you’ve been watching this season so far, you’re probably scratching your head wondering what the heck is going on.
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Today alone, there were several companies that reported. Quite a few of them beat the estimates that the street was expected, but a good portion of those stocks went backwards. Out of the ones that missed the estimates, some went up in value. Go figure.
I’ve played the report game in the past and half the time the reports didn’t stand up to the estimates. I have noticed that I’ve done better during a bull market than a bear(market). Last summer was very successful for me when the market was on a tear.
There are too many variables in an earnings report. The company can beat the estimate for that quarter, but their guidance may not be what was expected. Look what happened with Apple. Their profits jumped 31%, but the stock dropped 11% in after market trading. They did come back today to finish down 3% from yesterday’s close.
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My advice is to stay out of the game if you haven’t done your due diligence. When you do the research on a company and see that the fundamental are strong, you should be investing in that stock well before then. Yes, this site is titled “Beating The Stock Market”, but to do that you can’t take chances gambling.

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I Need Help (with the stock market)

This is what I have heard from many people who want to get involved with the stock market. This is why we have designed & started this blog.

Many people feel that they don’t have what it takes to be involved with the stock market without losing their shirt. Well I’m here to say that it’s not that hard. You need to understand a few things first. One, leave your emotions at the door. that is probably the hardest of all the things to do in dealing with the stock market. (believe me, I need help with that too at times.).

The Market is not a game. Quite a few people think that it is but, believe me it’s not. I have lost money in the stock market & I know that I will again. My patience and knowledge will help me keep my risks low and my gains high. The important thing is to remember that you are dealing with REAL MONEY and you will lose it if you think this is a day-trading game. There will be times that you will trade in and out of the same stock within a few days, but to constantly trade stocks within the same day will bite you in the butt.

Third thing to remember is that you will have to do your homework. What I mean by that is even though at times you will hear of a “great opportunity” you need to research the stock for yourself to see if what someone say is good for your type of investing. What may be good for one investor may not be good for another. You will hear people say that they have a “great stock tip”, but be aware that how could they know how great it is unless they are a broker who is getting insider information which is illegal. Doing your due diligence will save you from alot of emotional & financial pain.

I need help… well don’t we all. We will do great things here at this site and I hope that you become part of it as well.

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