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How to Start Trading Stocks And Become Very Successful At It

How to Start Trading Stocks And Become Very Successful At It

If you want to start trading stocks, this post is designed to help you not to make some very common mistakes that can affect you. Avoiding them will enable you to have a better experience.

As the economy is going down a stock trader’s life is getting harder. However, a great stock trader will always find a way to make money through none other way than stock trading. How could this even be possible? Like in everything else knowledge is power. The more you know about the trading market the easier it gets for you to make money from it.

That’s why even when the economy is not doing so well, a great stock’s trader will always know what to do and will also make sure that he or she is making profits on his or her invested money.To become a successful stock’s trader there’re several factors you’ll need to take into consideration. Until you do so you could be putting yourself into a lot troubles.

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When you’re trading stocks you’re actually investing your money into the companies. In fact, it means you own a tiny portion of those companies in which you’ve invested your money. When those companies make profits you do too, but when losses occur you lose as well.

However, your losses and the companies losses are somewhat different. When a company loses, that money is gone right away. But in your case as an investor, your money is not really lost until you decide to sell your shares. It’ll always be up to you to know whether or not you should sell. Some people will hold on and pray that the losing trend reverses and starts gaining some of their losses back, while many others would just accept the loss and sell the rest of their shares. It’s a decision you’ll always have to make on your own if you ever got caught up in a situation as such.

How to start trading stocks 

In order to be able to start trading stocks you’ll first have to open a brokerage account. It’s through this broker you’ll be able to execute your transactions. Whether it’s to buy or to sell your shares, your broker will be the middle man. The requirements are not much. You’ll have to be at least 18 or 21 years of age depending on the state where you live, which is very important. And you’ll also need to have a social security number which will be used as your ID number and for tax purposes.

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You may find it a little difficult to pick a broker because there are many of them. It’s extremely important that you pick the right one for your trading habit. All brokers are not created equal, they have their own characteristics. One may be the right one for you while another one is totally the opposite. When it comes to fee per transaction, it varies from broker to broker and those fees can significantly affect your portfolio.

Once you’ve been registered with your broker you can then fund your account in order to be able to start trading. There are different paths through which you can send money to your brokerage account. The fastest routes are via electronic transfer and wire fund transfer. Electronic transfer is free of charge, it’s just like a bank to bank transfer which you do on your own. However, a wire fund transfer will cost you a fee, some banks will charge you a fee of $ 25, but this fee varies depending on the bank. If you aren’t in a hurry, you can mail in your check or money order which won’t cost you any more than your mailing fee.

What should you do next to make sure you’ll be making profits?

If you don’t know anything about stocks trading the best thing to do is to sit down in front of your computer and start researching. Not conducting any research is one factor that’s causing so many traders to lose their hard earned money. You don’t want to be part of this group of people, for this reason you’ve got to conduct your research before you buy any stock.

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It’s not difficult at all, if you know what to look for. But if you don’t know anything about the market I’d suggest that you start by doing paper trading instead. Once you feel that you’re ready for the real thing you can move on and start using real money. There are many websites out there providing free paper trading platforms, they’re very helpful if you’re looking to learn the tricks. Wall Street Survivor is the one I used to utilize, it’s very easy to navigate through. You can take a look at it to see if you like it, if not you can always find many others through Google search.

If you do so, you should be able to perform better than many stock traders out there who are trading on luck. You may need a little luck sometimes, but your education is the secret to become successful trading stocks. You may have heard of several individuals who become millionaires from the stock market. If you take your time to read their stories you’ll see how much time they’ve spent into their education before they were able to attain such a goal.

Educate yourself, don’t rush to trade just because you want to. The more you know about the market the better it is for you. One day you too will be so successful from stock trading.

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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