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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.

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Finding The Best-Suited Funds For Your IRA

Investing hard-earned money in Individual Retirement Funds can be risky, but there are IRA funds that have been performing very well and would definitely be wise to consider. Dodge and Cox Stock has proven to be a reliable fund since its start in 1965. Sometimes going with an older fund is a good idea. The strong performance of Dodge and Cox makes it a good choice for those who are interested in dividend-oriented portfolios and strong risk-adjusted returns.


Vanguard REIT Index Fund has proven to be another fund with good performance. Even though real estate has been risky of late, this fund has been doing very well, especially considering that REITs must distribute 90% of earnings to shareholders every year. Real estate allows for a more diversified portfolio and is a good choice for an IRA fund.


Roth IRAs have always been a good option for IRA investing. After age 59 and 1/2, withdrawals are not taxed, and the rules for withdrawal are more flexible to work with. And since contributions can be withdrawn without the risk of penalty or taxes, Roth IRAs are a good choice if money may be needed sooner rather than later.


Another good choice would be the Vanguard Total Bond Market Index Fund. Half of its portfolio deals in agency and Treasury bonds and the other half in corporate bonds. This fund is expected to perform well in years to come.


Third Avenue Value has been performing reasonably well in the last ten years. Considering the state of the economy, this fund is still doing better than others. It might be worth checking into as an IRA investment. The funds listed here are options to consider when looking for the best IRA funds. Retirement should be relaxing and worry-free, and good investing today can contribute towards a happier tomorrow.

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Joel Greenblatt Knows How to Invest In the Future

Joel Greenblatt’s most recent book, “Magic Formula Investing” deals with the basic philosophy of buying stocks from high earning companies cheaply that will then yield high returns on your investment. There exist only one Magic Formula Fund which is reporting recording stocks as of this day .


This idea follows  the launch of his online money management company, Formula Investing, last  October, in which he offers clients “a unique stock screening system, and a disciplined approach to managing portfolios of high value stock” for them. He is also the author of “The Little Book That Beats The Market”, which was on the NY Times bestseller list, as well as “You Can Be a Stock Market Genius: Uncover the Secret Hiding Places of Stock Market Profits”, published back in 1997.


Born in Great Neck on the north shore of Long Island on December 13, 1957, Greenblatt, served as the former chairman of Alliant Techsystems, and is the founder of  the New York Securities Auction Corp. He also began Gotham Captial, a hedge fund backed by Michael Milken (the infamous “junk bond king”) in 1985.
In addition to his devotion to investing on Wall Street, Joel Greenblatt firmly believes in investing his own money in New York City’s educational system, particularly those schools catering to minority students.


Not only did he gift $2.5 million to the Ozone Park, NY elementary school PS 65Q, whose student body is primarily made up of kids from South Asian and South American immigrant families, but he also held found a charter school in Manhattan known as the “Harlem Success Academy” in 2006. Both schools continue to receive his support and have merited high marks for their growing academic achievements. In addition, Greenblatt serves on the board for the Institute for Student Achievement, which works to develop small senior high schools out of  larger ones in order to raise the standard of education in communities across the country.

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All About Global Macro Trading

The global macro trading system can work effectively for every trader. If you have an already established system that works for you, why not expand it to participate in global macro trading?


If you have already been an established day trader, have you considered gravitating into a market that has more options such as the entire planet? Similar to a doctor attempting to diagnose an ailment, you have to search and then search once again to reach the end result. At times, the doctor will prescribe medications that just don’t seem to work, and you go back to the doctor to try something different. Well, it is no different in the stock market. You may think you are on track and it fails, so you attempt something different up until you find something that works.

If you are a stock trader, you understand this methodology. You have your system tweaked to the point where you know how to check your price to earnings and then price to book. You also look at the return you will receive on your equity, right? The better the system you have built, the better protection you have in the market thus improving your risk to rewards. The stock market is not an easy business. Sometimes it becomes a matter of trial and error. Eventually, we are fortunate and then other times, we tend to lose. The more educated you are the better a risk to reward you will have.


The global macro trading market provides an edge as it is worldwide, which means you can trade any instrument using the strategy you have developed globally. That means your chances of locating the best investment are greater. This market has really made a tremendous comeback compared to the last couple of years of trading. This is because a lot of people were trading long and leveraged. The macro traders however were shorting housing and financials then going long and doing some real interesting trading in short treasuries and dabbling in the commodities market.


What this really means is the global macro trading market provides a lot of options to test a variety of strategies. So if you set up your strategies to build on a model that you wish to invest, in you could be a real winner. This is a specialized market and the person who is new to stock trading might want to educate themselves before becoming active. If you are an active day trader that utilizes the same stocks day in and day out, you might not have an interest in global macro trading. However, anyone else that wants a variety and has a need to venture into a new market with a high variety, then global macro trading might be for you.

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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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Difference Between Forex Day Trading And Forex Swi...

Forex Trading offers two very different kinds of trading opportunities.  One is Forex Day Trading.  The other is Forex Swing Trading.  Many people use one or the other of these.  There are a number of ways these are different from each other.  One is the time frame used.


Profit is measured in Pips.  The amount of potential profit on each of these is different.  Day Trading uses a lower time frame.  Often Day Traders use charts showing the action on 30 minutes, 15 minutes or 5 minutes.  Swing Traders usually use hour charts, 1 hour, 4 hours or 8 hours.  The market will move a larger distance in an hour than in 5 minutes, therefore Swing Traders can make more pips on their charts.
Before taking a trade, most traders will set an amount of pips they are willing to risk or lose.  Day Traders risk fewer pips than Swing Traders.  Day Traders use smaller time frames and have less profit opportunities.  However, Day Traders can make more trades than Swing Traders because of the smaller time frames.


The amount of time the trader is in a trade is different also.  Typically, 30 minutes to 4 hours is the time a Forex Day Trader is in a trade, again because of the shorter time period.  In swing trading, a trader may be in a trade from 4 hours to a day or longer. Both traders used Technical Analysis to find and leave trades.  The more information a market has, the more accurate it is.  Therefore, the results of technical analysis in Swing Trading are more reliable than the smaller time periods used by Day Traders.


Both traders have specialized indicators that offer technical information.  A favorite of Day Traders are Support levels and Resistance levels shown by Daily Pivot Points.  Each person is more comfortable using one of these methods.  Take the time to discover which one works best for you.

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What Are Bull Markets And Bear Markets?

Just in case you are new to stock market investing, there will be two terms that you will hear thrown around quite regularly.   These are “bull market’ and “bear market”. These two terms will remain in your thoughts once you have survived a day in the stock market world. These two terms are important, that is why you need to familiarize yourself with them.


Here is a brief overview of the two terms, the “bull market” and the “bear market”. Let’s start with the bull market. The bull market is when most traders feel that they have felt something positive about a certain stock market and they want to buy stocks. This will usually happen during a long bull markets period that the stock market would keep going up and up.


As for the bear market, the bear market is actually the opposite of the bull market and it is when the stock market is constantly going down no matter what a trader would do. This will usually happen during the times that a trader loses sleep and if they continually wonder whether they should be selling their stocks.


However, most of the time the market is placed somewhere in between the bull and the bear market. Normally, the better stocks would go up over time and then the stocks of the companies doing poorly would go down. It is always considered wise to always try to pick a stock of company that is doing well or will do well when the time comes.


Now that you know the difference between a bull and a bear market, what does it mean for you.  Many times an investor has no control over what is happening in the world that affects the stock market.  If the market is experience a downward turn, it is a good idea to invest in defensive stocks.  Find those stocks that experience little volatility.  Another idea, is to go the sidelines and wait it out.  The problem with this trading technique is, you may miss the rally.

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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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