Online Stock Market Trading Continues to Rise in Popularity

Online Stock Market Trading Continues to Rise in Popularity

Even though the stock market has seen healthier days, online stock market trading continues to rise in popularity. A number of reasons account for this. The technology is widespread, and people from all corners of the nation are able to become day traders and invest in the stock market. Everyone who has a computer connection will find that they can get connected with a brokerage site and begin trading. This gives people opportunities that they did not have before. For many people, the closest they came to taking part in the stocks market was through their 401Ks, and now they have many other options.

Another reason that the popularity of online stock market trading grows is that smart investors see opportunities. They can find stocks at good prices and then wait until those stocks start climbing again. They are buying low, just as every good investor is told to do, and then they are just waiting until they can sell when the stock is high. This make good business sense for the investors and this is something that other traders will be able to do as well.

How does one start online stock market trading? Well, the first thing that you are going to want to do is learn all of the intricacies and rules of stock markets. Learn the language and learn how things are done. Learn how to spot trends and learn the best time to buy and sell. Learn how to cut your losses, and learn how to let it ride. The best way that you will be able to learn these things (and many more) is by taking a course. The money that you invest in one of these courses is going to be well worth it. It is better to spend on a course and learn than it is to buy a bad stock and make a mistake that will probably be even more costly.

With a quick search of the Internet, you will find many seminars and classes that will teach you online stock market trading. The key is to find the course that gives you the most bang for your buck. Some of the popular courses out there can show you the ropes in little time. Home study courses are of great benefit to many people because they don’t have to change their work schedules or family schedules to make sure they can meet for a class – they are able to work on the course when they have the time. This is perfect for someone who still has a full-time job and is only interested in trading part time.

Online stock market trading is more than a fad – it is here to stay as long as the markets exist. If you are interested in making money and playing the stock market, then it is a good time to start investing. Learn the ropes, take the courses, know the basics, and you will be able to make extra money in the stocks … READ MORE

Don’t Ignore the Similarities with the Last Two April!

Nearly a year ago in this column I showed a scary similarity in April (2011) with the conditions in the previous April (2010). And of course the similarity continues into a market correction of nearly 20% before the market rises again.

Don't Ignore the Similarities with the Last Two April!

And here we again this year see a scary resemblance when March is almost over, this time for the last two April.

I heard many guarantees that this time was different. This will oppose the opportunity for the market to follow the same pattern for three years in a row. In addition it is an election year, and the Fed has already made a vote about coming to the rescue if needed.

Using that logic will also oppose the chance that the surrounding conditions will follow the same pattern for three years in a row. But that is what is happening.

Like the last two years, the S&P 500 has had an impressive rally for overbought conditions that are potentially above the 200-day long term m.a., and technical indicators, while still using buy signals, are in their overbought zone.

Meanwhile, investor sentiment, usually very bullish at the top of the market and very bearish at the bottom of the market, has reached a high bullish level, low fear level, similar to what was seen near the market peaks in April 2010 and 2011.

That can be seen in the VIX Index, also known as the Fear Index. Usually at a high level of fear at the lowest position of correction and a good buying opportunity, and at a low level of fear (a level of bullishness and high self-satisfaction) at rallies and market tops.

Then there’s the U.S. economy In each of the past two years, economic recovery has shown surprising strength during the autumn and winter months, and then as we approach April, economic reports begin to show that the recovery is a stumbling block.

This year has been an identical repeat so far, with surprisingly strong economic reports over the winter, but a series of negative surprises in recent weeks, including unexpected reversals in home sales and home prices, in the Fed’s business and manufacturing index, and in consumer confidence. On Wednesday it was reported that the Chicago Fed National Activity Index, designed to measure national economic activity, fell into negative territory last month for the first time in three months.

In each of the past two years, dark clouds have also drifted from Asia in the form of fears that China would slow down its economy too much in an effort to prevent a rise in inflation, and from Europe in the form of fears that the eurozone debt crisis would explode and plunge the European economy into recession.

And here we are this spring, with major Asian markets in sharp decline on indications that China has indeed slowed down its economy to what would be a difficult landing, and evidence that 17 eurozone countries are already in recession.

Also in each of the last two … READ MORE