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How to Start Trading Stocks And Be Successful

How to Start Trading Stocks And Be Successful

If you want to start trading stocks, reading this post will help you not to make some mistakes that are very common. And once those mistakes are made, your portfolio is at risk.

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 stock trading. How could this be even 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.

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

When you’re trading stocks, you’re investing your money into the companies. In fact, it means that 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.

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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 lost until you decide to sell your shares. It’ll always be up to you to know whether or not to sell. Some people will hold on and pray that the losing trend reverses and start 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 get caught up in a situation like that.

How to start trading stocks 

To be able to start trading stocks, you’ll first have to open a brokerage account. It’s through this broker that 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, 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 individual characteristics. 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 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 that you can 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 do a money order which won’t cost you any more than your mailing fee.

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

If you don’t know anything about stock 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.

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 on Google.

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 becoming 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 on 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 will also be successful from stock trading.

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Last Updated on June 26, 2020

25 Easy Tips on How to Save Money Fast

25 Easy Tips on How to Save Money Fast

“How to save money fast?” This is the question asked by all of us not in the top 1% of rich people.

If you are looking for ways to drastically reduce your expenses immediately, first look at what you need to spend money on every week. And I mean really need.

You don’t really need to order in food. You don’t really need to buy expensive perfume.

Building from that, you can work out how your regular expenses can be reduced.

As for irregular expenses, they can also be deceptively costly in the long run. Once-off buys can also be tackled with some prudent planning and a little extra research.

And remember: a budgeted lifestyle does not mean a bad or boring one!

But first, understand what budget you can cut down on daily:

  • Regular expenses for the average adult (can be trimmed but not eliminated):
    • food
    • rent/mortgage
    • cell phone
    • insurance
    • socializing/entertainment
    • transportation
    • hygiene products
    • household bills
  • Irregular expenses for the average adult (can be eliminated or cut down a lot):
    • travel
    • clothing
    • medication (*depends)
    • grooming (hair, nails etc.)
    • gifts

Now, let’s dive right into the 25 ways to save money fast:

Save Money on Food

1. Bring a stock of food to the office/work

Instead of popping out for an overpriced salad and a smoothie, leave a set of basic utensils at the office as well as a stock of non-perishable goods such as tinned fruit, tuna, rice crackers and so on (try to avoid the junk food and this can turn into a pretty great diet!).

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Stocking up means you won’t forget or say “I didn’t have the time” when you rushed out to work in the morning.

2. Buy the store-brand version

Many basic foods, such as bread and milk, will taste exactly the same as their branded alternatives. Go for stuff with minimal additives and preservatives. Meat in a tube is probably insanely unhealthy!

3. Eat cheaper cuts of meat

Learn how to tenderize and flavour cheaper meat and fish, and save on the (typically) most expensive item on your grocery bill.

4. Have group dinners

If 10 friends put $5 each in the kitty, it’s pretty easy to make a giant lasagne and get refreshments, as well as hang out with your favourite people.

Save Money in Transport

5. Get a bicycle

Save on gas money and bus/metro fares with this underrated mode of transport.

6. Use public transport and/or don’t get taxis

Some places can only be reached by car. But as a good practise, check your public transport website and see if any routes pass nearby where you need to get to. Walk as much as you can.

7. Find the cheapest gas

Regularly check out where the cheapest gas can be bought.

Save Money in General Shopping

8. Shop online

Not only will you save on the gas or transport fares from going to the shopping mall but you will also find better deals

9. Sell your old stuff

Get your unwanted belongings up on eBay ASAP and earn a few dollars.

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Here’re more ideas for you: 25 Things to Sell to Make a Lot of Money

10. Bulk buying stores

For regular non-perishable/slow perishable purchases such as toilet paper, cat food, pasta, washing powder and so on, do an epic stocking-up trip to a co-op or equivalent (my mum used to go to a place that restaurants buy from).

Be wary of supermarket “deals”, as some have been found to be fraudulent after working out a simple calculation.

11. Become a flea market/car boot sale/street market guru

You can find original gifts and develop good negotiation skills at these places.

12. Generic brand medication

More often than not, the generic version of paracetamol and other basics work the same as the branded version.

13. Choose deodorant, not perfume

It blows my mind when someone drops $70 on a bottle of spray. Stick with a nice deodorant, and not only will you smell just fine but you’ll be sweat-free as well!

Cut Down on Household Expenses

14. Printing

Ink is one of the most expensive substances in the office and coloured ink is doubly so. B

e more efficient and choose black and white, and if your printer doesn’t have a print-both-sides options, just print odd pages first, re-insert the paper and print even pages.

Expand the margins of what you are printing as often as you can to save on paper.

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15. Minimize SMS and phone calls

A combination of a free chat service such as WhatsApp and a free call service such as Skype can reduce your bill to nothing (so long as you have a decent Wifi connection).

16. Shop around for insurance

Most people don’t spend enough time searching for the best insurance deal.

Keep a watchful eye out for deals and new competitors in the market.

17. Try re-negotiating your rent/mortgage

If you have built up a good credit history or a good rapport with your landlord, then chances are a frank chat about needing to tighten your spending could result in lowering your payments. You’ve nothing to lose from trying.

18. Don’t get a TV

Invest in a computer/laptop and an internet-only package. You can watch more (and often better) entertainment on the web, and skip the advertisements as well.

19. Pool your internet bill with a neighbour

My apartment building is basically a big old house split into three apartments. There are five of us in total. We pool the internet bill, making it crazy cheap.

Save Money in Socializing, Entertainment And Travel

20. Have house parties

Instead of paying for overpriced drinks, set up a series of in-house get-togethers with your friends. Everyone takes a turn, so it’s not always your house that needs cleaning.

For sound insulation, hang heavy drapes on the walls and windows. For music, invest in a good second-hand set of speakers which you can connect to your computer. Let Spotify or Grooveshark playlists do the rest.

21. Open festivals, meetups and events

It never fails to surprise me how much underground stuff goes on around me for free or for very cheap. Find out who runs the blogs and websites that list all the less well-known cultural activities.

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22. Volunteer

If you can’t pay for a ticket, volunteer and get to be there anyway.

23. Housesit

There are multiple housesitting websites offering you the possibility to avoid paying hotels and skip the discomfort of crummy hostels.

Save Money on Hygiene and Beauty

24. DIY beauty

French manicures, pedicures, waxing, eyebrows… pretty much all of these can be achieved at home (and done well) with some practise. There are plenty excellent blogs and YouTube tutorials to help.

25. Fewer haircuts/volunteer at a trainee hairdresser

If you can’t bear the risk of a trainee touching your locks, learn more ways to manipulate your hair as it grows and get haircuts sparingly. Women’s haircuts are outrageously priced in many cities.

Bonus: Effective Money-Saving Tips for Everything

Here’s a summary of what you can generally do to save more money:

  • Share/pool resources. Organize a neighbourhood sharing scheme, common resources for your apartment block or with your friends. Not everybody needs an individual lawnmower.
  • Buy energy-saving everything. The easiest way to lower your bills – replace those lightbulbs!
  • Buy in bulk. Be sensible about it (i.e. make sure you have space!), and drastically reduce weekly expenditure.
  • DIY. Skill up using YouTube tutorials on plumbing and many other essential services so you never have to pay for simple problems again.
  • Research a lot before making a decision. Most money-wasting is the result of poor preparation and planning. Don’t shirk this part just because you don’t like it!
  • Use your network. Your network is full of resources that can ease the pain of budgeting. Ask for help.
  • Stop and think. Do I really need it?

Unfortunately, there are some things that require plain ol’ giving up for the time being. This can include high-cost sports such as skiing, the latest versions of some technologies, the finest brands of food/drinks, premier seats at the opera and most other indulgences.

What is important to remember during lean times is that when you look back on your life, it will be the experiences that stand out, not the extra comforts.

Living on a budget can teach you a lot about how much you can really get out of your paycheck. We only live one life, so make the most of every penny you earn!

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