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The Erasing of a Financial Crisis

To many, the mark of the beginning of the financial crisis was on March 16, 2008 when Bear Stearns was sold to Chase at a fire-sale price. The Dow Jones closed that day at 11,951.09 and continued to charge downward for the next year.
As I write this, the Dow Jones is at 12,821.25.
I often tell people that I think that the general public perception is that the stock market is still down in the dumps. For some reason, the media seems to have missed out on a massive headline: Market Losses Caused during the Financial Crisis Erased! This is astounding. It’s only been four years and the largest economies of the earth went to the brink of ruin, we were in a complete liquidity crisis, the various currencies risked devaluation, and public confidence was at a historical low (certainly the lowest in 80 years). The stock market summarily …

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4 Reasons Why Stock Investors Employ Long Term Strategies

Many stock investors will argue back and forth over what they consider to be the most effective trading strategies. You have some investors who will defend short term trading strategies, while some will contend that a long term strategy is best. Of course both strategies can be employed and both strategies have their strengths and weaknesses. In this piece we are going to take a look at why long term investors consider their strategy the best.
Long term investors contend that the major advantages of their strategy are:
1. Changes in stock prices are not as troubling.
2. They have an opportunity to earn dividends.
3. They can spend their time of other things versus monitoring stocks all day long.
4. More time for their investment to grow.
Stock Price Changes
Since long term investors are focused on the long run they are less affected by sudden changes in the …

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Stock Options - Overcome the Fear

First, let me tell you what I am not. I am not an expert in stock options. I do not write books, give lectures or host courses teaching stock options. What I am is a part time stock market trader who stumbled upon a way to take some of the risk out of a volatile stock market using stock options. I am a technical stock market trader; I enjoy poring over stock charts trying to squeeze every last bit of information out of the price movement of a stock in order to discover a trend. Over time my trend following “system” worked well enough to provide some nice but moderate profits.
Not too long ago equity markets changed. Negative news both local and global caused wild market price swings. When the overall market swings wildly in either direction it takes 70% of all stocks with it. The result was that …

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Fear and Greed in the Financial Markets

Have you ever heard that fear and greed are what drives financial markets? Well it’s true. It’s been shown that the best times to buy stocks are often when it seems everybody else is most afraid to, and that the best times to sell stocks are often when it seems everybody else wants to own them, and is happiest about how much money they have been making in the market. The problem is that this is often very hard to do, and psychologically difficult to actually take action at these times. The reason is primarily due to human emotions and the role they play in making decisions that create anxiety for most people, specifically when it comes to their finances and the money they have at risk in the financial markets.
In addition to “going against the crowd” when attempting to buy when others are afraid, other sayings abound such …

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A Few Stock Market Tips

There are some people who really get huge returns from their investments in the stock market and their success acts as an inspiration to many who also decide to join stock trading. As a beginner, you may find it challenging since you may be expecting some returns but end up making losses. Outlined below are some stock market tips for some wise investment:
Learn
You should try to understand how the stock market works, learn some concepts and try to understand some common terminologies used in stock trading. You should then go ahead to learn some analyzing skills which should assist you in identifying the best performing stocks. It is also important to understand some common ratios used in analyzing companies. Learning all this will take you time and you will therefore need to be dedicated.
Consider risks
There are definitely risks involved in stock trading and you should always …

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