As someone, who is new to stocks, you’re probably feeling a little bit overwhelmed. You just opened up your account with one of the online brokers, but you have no game plan and idea of how to proceed. Do not rush the process of purchase shares, as this will increase your chances of making a terrible investment and losing money. Instead, you’ll want to use the information below to help you find potentially valuable investment.
If you’re totally new to the game, you’ll want to find some company, confirm that they’re public, and find their stock tickers. You may be interested in purchasing video game stocks. If so, you should head to the Internet and type in a company, such as Glu Mobile. Add stock to the search and you’ll find quickly at Glu Mobile is publicly traded as GLUU.
Once you’ve found the ticker, you’ll want to put it into Google or Bing. This will provide you with instant access to an abundance of information, including press releases, historical prices, and current pricing. All of this information should be used to your advantage. Another thing you’ll want to consider is dividend. Many investors specifically target dividend stocks in hopes of accumulating earnings over a period of time.
During the research process, you’ll want to make sure to check out the company’s industry and products. Can you get behind their offerings? Do you sincerely believe their products can turn over a profit? What type of competition will they face? All of these questions need to be asked, before you purchase your shares. It is also a good idea to read expert commentary. Although you should rely on another individual’s opinion entirely, they may give you a little peace of mind and could help you avoid a potential mistake.
Always check the company’s earning records. Has the company proven to be valuable over time? Or have they always reported negative earning reports? Investing in a company, which has managed to beat earning estimates time and again, is generally a wise choice. If the company has produced negative results over the past four quarters or more, you’ll probably want to steer clear of their stock.
Check the company’s debt. Although most companies will have some level of debt, substantial debt can be a very bad sign. If the company ends up defaulting on their debt, they’re going to end up in trouble and their investors will likely face a dilemma. Be cautious about companies that have a lot of debt lingering over their headquarters.
Comparison shopping is a good idea. Once you’ve found a stock that appears to be a good investment, you should check out its competitors. Is there a more viable alternative or was your first choice your best choice? Don’t stop, until you’ve found a reliable investment with minimum risk.
By Gil Downey