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Teaching Our Children Compounded Interest

Once we finish school and go off to work, we’re told to start saving for retirement. Unfortunately too many of us don’t even want to think that far since we’re only 18-22 years old. We think we have decades before retirement so we don’t even worry about it. Actually a small amount of young people do start saving for their golden years. They are the responsible ones who at an early age were shown the importance of starting early and using the power of compound interest to their advantage.
It’s sad to think how our school system doesn’t teach these life skills that are vital to our later years and many parents don’t either take the time or they don’t consider it to be important to educate their children. My daughters were/are homeschooled and my husband and I have taught them how to save money and how to spend it wisely. Our oldest daughter (18) has been has been working for two years and has saved thousands of dollars in a savings account. Our youngest daughter hasn’t started working yet, but has found way to make money and put it away for when she’ll need it.
My husband sat down with our oldest daughter recently to go over the importance of putting money away in a 401K account as early as possible. Starting early will give your money time to grow with interest. The earlier you start, the more your money will grow without you having to add any more on your own. Compounded interest is when your money sits in an account and makes interest for you and then the interest will grow by making interest too. In a sense, your money is working for you and not the other way around.
Putting money in a 401K account is the easiest way to prepare for retirement. The money is taken out of your paycheck before any taxes are taken out. In doing that, you lower your tax burden each pay period and over time you won’t even realize that the money is being put away for yourself. Another great benefit of a 401K is in many cases your employer will match a certain amount of what you contribute to your account. Typically an employer will match up to 5% of your salary.
There are other ways you can save for retirement than just a 401K. You are only allowed to put 20% of your salary in a 401K account, so if you’re able to save more money than that (especially if you still live at home), you may want to think about using a financial planner or even a company that will help you make the right decision for you and your needs by putting your money in a IRA, investing in the stock market or even an annuity. Like I said before, it’s best to start while you’re in you late teens or early twenties to get the benefits of having your money work for you to have more for those years when you will no longer be able to work or want to work.

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How Long Will The Market Stay Strong?

Our current economic condition is on shaky ground, but the stock market is still holding on to it’s position. Yes the stock market has been jumping up and down by 500+ points, but it’s still above the 10,000 level.

I keep getting question asked to me about how to read the stock market and I seem to be able to answer that less and less these days. The present Administration is spending money like there’s no tomorrow and if they keep it up there won’t be (for our economy that is). The private sector is not hiring enough people to give the economy the boost it needs. Unemployment is still above the 10% level and if you count the people who stopped looking for work and have finished their unemployment benefits, it’s more like 15%.

I watch the stock market each day and listen to the report that come up and they’re pretty negative. Consumer confidence, unemployment, durable goods and so many other reports show that the country is in bad shape. As it is, we can’t believe the media or the government to give us the “real” numbers or the truth, so I guess that’s how the stock market is still at the current levels.

Now a days it’s not easy reading the stock market so if you’re still looking to make money on Wall Street, you’ll need to do what I’ve been doing for some time now. That is to go ahead and just focus on the stocks out there that are still doing what is necessary to make it in this economy. Technology stocks like Apple and their suppliers are making profits and it doesn’t look like it going to end any time soon. Technology is what is need in this country and when the bottom drops out of the markets, it will be these stocks that will continue to grow. I noticed that people who are still out of work still have a cell phone, laptops and other gadgets. It seems that we can no longer live without these items.

Don’t bother trying to read the markets, it’s not so easy has it use to be when the economy was booming and the American people had money for discretionary spending. I can’t seem to figure out why the stock market is up to the level that it is, but it could also be because of the money that the Treasury is printing on a regular basis. As long as they keep printing money, the value of the dollar will continue to go down. Last week, the dollar was at a 15 year low against the Yen.

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Getting Started In The Stock Market

Why you should invest in the stock market? Simple, financial freedom. What other investment form can you start off with $500 and possibly turn it in to millions. It’s a story you heard of 1000’s of times before.


You don’t have to open a corporation, have accounts and spend $1000 of dollars to open a store front, no products to buy, no employees to hire. You simple open an account with an Investment broker and you’re on your way. But what stocks to buy? First, knowledge is power, read, read & read. There are so many investment books out there to choose from. I would say three books on learning growth stocks, three on learning earnings reports and three on learning charting. The reason I suggest three books is that it will give you a few different views in each area and from the three of them you’ll be able to put your own winning strategies together.


After you read all the books you may find that you excel in one of them better then the others, for me it was the charting. It was like wow I can see it. What a turn on to look at a chart and say this company is going up or down in just a couple of minutes. It’s a feeling I would like all of you to have and once that happened for me I went out and got as many books on charting as I could find.


I have a friend who can read an earnings report as well as I can read charts. It’s amazing to see him work as he runs through the numbers like a machine. I came to the conclusion that everyone has their own strengths and weakness’. So after you read all the books, whichever one turns you on the most, consider on buying as many books as you can (or go to the library). I love the market and I hope you will to.

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What’s Happening On Wall Street.

US Stock Market Report for the Period July 25 – August 1, 2011
Over the last week, the continuing debt discussions have had a major impact not only on US stocks, but also at the international level as well. Stock markets activities were cautious at best as the world waited on a debt deal to be finalized. The month ended with news that a deal had been reached which resulted in stocks rising in the US and international markets. The immediate increases following the deal were tempered by cautious selling as the full impact of the deal is not yet known.

At the start of business on August 1, traders were cautiously optimistic. Figures for the main markets started higher than Friday, but began showing slight decreases later in the day. The Dow Jones Industrial average was down to 12,063.77, a fall of 79.47 points, while Standard & Poor dropped 10.70 points to 1,281.58. The Nasdaq also fell a bit by 16.75 points to 2,739.63.
The week of August 1 to 6 will no doubt be an important one as it relates to the global as well as US stock market. This period will see the real reaction to the debt deal as markets adjust to the perceived impact for the immediate future. By the end of the week hopefully the Senate and the House of Representatives would have signed off on the package.

Impact of GDP on Stock Market Performance
As if the threat of the US losing its triple A rating was not enough, the stock market also took a hit due to poor GDP (gross domestic product) data. The projected increase for the 2nd quarter was a modest 1.6 percent, but in actuality there was only a 1.3 percent increase according to figures from the Commerce Department. This modest figure has dampened projections since GDP is used to track economic growth.

Moody’s Reports Cash Hoarding
There have been reports of cash hoarding among some companies in response to the instability in the market. Moody’s has revealed that between 2009 to the end of 2010, there was an 11 percent increase in cash held by companies. The report indicates that as much as $1.24 trillion dollars is being held. Over a half of this money is invested or banked in foreign countries to be used for various purposes.
Senior vice president of Moody’s, Steve Oman stated that among the reasons for these holdings are investments in operations the companies have overseas, acquiring overseas interest and to benefit from overseas tax breaks, which they then repatriate to the US. Overall, the combination of the poor GDP figures and the debt ceiling crisis has placed the US stock market in the worst position it has been in for over a year.

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Investments

I’ve been looking at the different industries and investment vehicles that are out there for the average investors. Depending on which types of investments out there, it may or may not be the time to invest. How can one know if an investment is right? Taking your time and doing the research to find out if it will be a profitable one or not. The housing market, the stock market or any other investment you have to choose from can be profitable, but unless you look at the real numbers and study everything there is to know about the investment prior to putting your money into it, you can lose most (if not all) of your capitol.

Yes housing prices are way down from their peak in 2006-2007, but that doesn’t mean that all housing prices are right for the picking. You need to look at the condition as well as the area the house is in. In some part of the country, housing prices may never reach the prices of just a few years ago.

What about the stock market? I don’t trust the stock market at this time since there is no reason for the DOW to be at where it is at the moment. Every month poor reports are being released (consumer confidence, unemployment and retail sales) and the stock market seem to either gains or holds it’s ground. We are in a terrible economic time and to think that the stock market will continue to hold is risky. The economic current events look pretty scary. If you’re looking to invest in the stock market, make sure you do your research into the company before you buy any shares. It’s the only way to know what stocks to buy now.

In my opinion, gold is the answer right now. I don’t mean stocks that trade off of stocks, I’m referring to actual gold. Gold as always retained it’s value or has gone up during trouble times like these. So when you invest, invest wisely.

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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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Is Now The Time To Invest?

During the last two years (2008-2010) we’ve seen the stock market as well as the housing market and financial institutions go through a very rough period of correction. Now in the second half of 2010, average investors are wondering if they should start investing again. Well it depends on what you’re going to invest in.

We are no where at there bottom or the worse of it yet, but at the same time I’m looking at many different investments I may want to get in on. I will say though that the stock market is not one of them at this time. In my opinion, there is no reason for the DOW to be over 10,000 and I do expect it to come back down below 9000. When I do not know, but it will be there in due time.

What about precious metals? There is only a limited amount of gold in this world and it’s one of the few things that will retain it’s value (if not go up) in our present economic condition. I’ve been building a portfolio of just different precious metals. If you’re looking to buy gold make sure you are buying actual gold pieces and not some paper stock that trades off of gold. Between the two, only actual gold will be worth anything when and if our economy crashes.

As for the housing industry, I suggest you take your time and look for solid and profitable deals. The housing market will not turn around any time soon so you will have plenty of time to find the right one for you. We will see foreclosures going on for years to come so prices will stay in the general area if not come down even more. As an investor, you will need to look at properties that will return to good value in five to eight years from now. The days of flipping houses are on hold and will be that way for some time.

Stay away from investing in any financial institution since they are still not sure of what will happen in time with all the government regulations that will be coming down the line. So is it time to start investing? Yes if you take your time and study what it is you want to invest in.

What happened to the stock market today?

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Preventing Investment Fraud

If you are new to the investing world, there are people out there who will try and scam you. This is true with every aspect of life, and the world of investing is no exception. If there is money to be made or stolen you can rest assure there are crooks out there trying to find a way to steal yours.


There is no safer place than to keep your money in a savings account at the local bank. As long as the bank is FDIC insured your money will be protected by the government. A limit of $250,000 does apply to these types of accounts. So if you have over that amount you should not place all of it in the same account. A savings account is a type of investment because your money is earning interest as it sits there. The bank will use it to make loans and give you a specified percentage rate in return for letting them use it. At the moment rates are not that favorable and many are considering other investment options.


Placing your money with a stock broker is another alternative. There are many online brokers that will allow you to direct your funds into a variety of different asset classes. When looking at a broker make sure that they too offer insurance from SIPC. Brokers who will not insure your accounts can potentially be scams that will take your money and run. Using a broker based in your own country is also advised. If the broker asks for money to be transferred to an overseas account, red flags should go off in your head. There are many reputable brokers here in the U.S. that are available to the retail investor. Going online and researching the various brokers that are available is a good idea. Many will have both full service financial advisors, to help you out, or let you choose the stocks you would like to buy yourself. Your investment experience and knowledge will help you make the decision as to how much help you require form your stock broker.


Like stock brokers, currency brokers will offer you as an investor the opportunity to invest in the currency markets. There are many online foreign currency scams on the internet, mostly revolving around computer programs that will make you money. Please do not trust these money making systems, as they will not make you the money as promised. The same basic principles hold true when trying to find a good currency broker. Do your research online and read the many forex broker reviews that are available. These reviews will help you to see the pros and cons that other investors had with the brokers that are available to the retail investor. Make sure your broker, either stock or currency, has representative available for you to speak with by telephone. Making sure that there office has a building headquarters is one way of making sure that the broker is legitimate. As mentioned before many of the scams revolve around brokers that work from third world countries and offer no brokerage service at all.


Giving your money away to someone who claims to be an investment advisor can also lead you to lose money. Besides the various brokers that are available to the retail investor there are other types of investments, such as hedge funds. Hedge fund can promise to offer greater returns, however they do not always do this in reality. These funds are the riskiest types of investments when it comes to fraud. Make sure you know of other investors who have money with the fund before you invest any of your own. The fund manager can be gone the next day with your cash never to be seen again, it has happened before and will most likely happen again. If you take your time and do the appropriate research there should be no issue on how reputable your local bank, broker or fund manager is. If as an investor you do not feel confident or comfortable giving your money to a particular institution then do not do it. Ask as many questions as you need answered for them to earn your business

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Which Stocks Does Your Mutual Fund Hold?

Mutual fund holdings are vital information to fund investors when evaluating a manager’s performance as reported. Without knowing what a fund’s holdings are, investors can neither fully appreciate why a manager has performed well, nor can they thoroughly come to grasp about any poor results. Even if a fund is doing ok, investors may decide that the fund investments are overlapping with their other portfolios or not in line with their own investing goals and want to relocate the money elsewhere. But without access to a set of complete information on a fund’s portfolio, investors are basically kept in the dark and can’t decide for themselves on any of those personal investment decisions.


What Does the Law Require
By law, mutual funds are required to release complete portfolio holdings only twice a year. For actively managed funds, in the interim of 6 months, their holdings could have been turned over many times and the information at investors’ hands can never be real time, live feeds, considering today’s online technology has made instant exchange of information nothing but possible. In fact, the decades-old securities law enacted such a rule because of the concern that fund companies couldn’t afford to mail out a report every day.


Objection to Frequent Portfolio Disclosure
Chief concern among mutual fund companies is that timely portfolio updates of fund holdings can tip off their intentions to the market. It may cause potential front run on a fund where other traders can buy shares ahead of the fund and drive up prices, while the fund is still taking the time to build up positions in a stock. But supporters of full, on-time publication of portfolio holdings argue that the hidden reason why funds are reluctant to do anything beyond what the law requires is that managers might be concerned about revealing questionable trading practice in any disclosure. Funds do a lot of window-dressing trading close to quarter end to boost performance and increase management compensation.


Other Concerns by Financial Advisers
Some financial advisory don’t think that requiring more disclosures of a fund’s holdings is a good idea. They contend that overwhelming information can lead investors to losing their long-term focus and becoming obsessed with fund trading. The advantage of having accessible information as claimed by some investors may be overblown. They also observe that people who are trading stocks and looking for ideas are more interested in getting a first look at a fund’s holdings.

Amid all the conflicting viewpoints, some mutual fund companies are stepping up to make more frequent disclosures on their portfolio holdings. More quarterly updates are now available, with monthly reports on top holdings. To the delight of some investors, a fund named OpenFund lets investors view active trading on its website, while others post weekly trading commentaries by fund managers. A standard monthly reporting ought to be possible if the idea of leaving out sensible trading information is made to consensus.

What happened to the stock market today?

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Top Gold ETF To Buy

For those of you considering investing in gold as a preventative measure against paper currencies and the mismanagement of governments, the best loved and unarguable top gold ETF to buy is GLD – also called SPDR Gold Shares. The unique feature of this Gold ETF centers on its relationship literally matching the valuation of gold. Although one could reasonably assume this to be standard, where ETF’s, or Exchange Traded Funds are concerned, it is certainly not. Numerous ETF’s operate with futures contracts that are generally less predictable and so riskier investments. Although past performance is no guarantee of future results, gold ETF funds like GLD, prove to be a less risky option than alternative commodity investments, particularly for those that understand well what is happening with the economic picture.


There are those investors who feel confidant that deflation has already begun, and that would prove to be gold bearish. A few of them will indicate television advertising, claiming that after the public catches on to an investment, it is time to sell. Yet different investors believe that because of the government running the printing presses overtime to create more money, the value of gold will keep going up. Gold more or less proves to be protection against a declining dollar, and its performance is based on other country’s currencies and economies as much as it is on those of ours. Could our economy perform sufficiently for us to build up our currency’s value, or might we have to maintain a weaker dollar to be able to compete internationally? Perhaps more involved than before in history, this involves a complex series of actions and reactions.


Despite all of the background noise going on, a constant concept emerges. The majority of both gold bears and bulls concur with gold maintaining the upward trend over both the medium time frame, as well as internationally. A number of investors today feel certain that one day the specter of hyperinflation will rear its ugly head, causing GLD, and also UGL (ProShares Ultra Gold), to both be solid investment ideas for all long term minded investors.

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