The Stock Market Guru's Didn't See It Coming

By Mike Malley

Most investors on Wall St. know about trend following. It's a method that's been around for a while. I always thought it was too much trouble, and too much trouble and I didn't want to invest the money in the software or the time in learning to use the software. Lately though, my investments hadn't been doing as well as I wanted so I started looking around for new ways to invest.

If you're willing to try something different, something that can increase your yields while protecting your capital, I have something for you. It's the ETFTradingSignals.com newsletter. I know, you may already have tried trend following and not had the success you had hoped for, but this program is totally different.

EFTs are like mutual funds, usually considered a low risk, long term investment. ETF Trading Signals has proprietary software that tracks the trends in the EFT market. They send members a monthly newsletter and email alerts advising them of the best EFTs to follow, when to get in and when to get to maximize profit and minimize losses. You only need to make ten or twelve trades a year to realize of profits of at least twenty percent.

With EFTs they claimed, you only had to make ten or twelve trades a year to show a good profit on your trades. I was a little skeptical, but they offered a money back guarantee, so I decided to check it out.

I was looking for trend following strategies and advice when I found this site. That was about six months ago. The investment strategies I was using weren't working for me. The site offers a money back guarantee if you're not satisfied, so I figured I had nothing to lose. I didn't start by investing real money, for the first month I just tested the advice. It appeared to be working so I went ahead and started buying and trading with the advice I got from my membership.

There was one trade I took a loss on, but it was a small loss and my other trades all did well. No system is perfect, but this one is very good. Overall these investments are performing better than anything else in my portfolio.

ETFTradingSignals.com has changed my attitude about investing. I thought I had to stay on top of the market and buy and sell every day to make money. Now I may go a month or more without making a single trade and I'm still making more money than I was before. Not only that, I'm saving a fortune in broker fees.

If you are looking to turn your investments around, try ETFTradingSignals.com. Hey, if you're not happy, they give you back your money. You can't ask for fairer than that. You've got nothing to lose here, so give it a try, you may be surprised at what you gain. - 30696

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Home Equity Loans - There's Gold In That There House

By Lillian Fuller

To paraphrase an old familiar quote that goes "there's gold in them there hills, you could say, there's gold in that house. As Martha Stewart would say, "it's a good thing".

A home equity loan can be a very good thing if you formulate a plan and stick to it. Home equity loans are becoming much more common and most banking companies have specific re-financing plans available for today's consumer.

Read on and you will see that a home equity loan used for the proper purpose and managed correctly can indeed be a "good thing".

A Home Equity Loan - Just what is it?Types Of Home Equity Loans HEL or HELOC?

There are two types of home equity loans. A regular home equity loan and the home equity line of credit or HELOC. A regular home equity loan is a fixed sum borrowed at a fixed rate over a period of time. A HELOC allows the client to borrow various sums up to a fixed amount over a period of time. A line of credit works in a similar way as a credit card; you use it when you need it. Different States set their own laws on limits you can borrow against your house.

The Financial Plan - Making your home equity work for you

For a home equity loan to work best for you, it's a good idea to have a budget and a financial plan. Having a budget will help you decide how big a loan you need and a financial plan will be the map to accomplish your goals within that budget. Here are a few suggestions on ways to use a home equity loan.

1. Home Improvements

You may want to build up the equity in your house by making home improvements. The first and best place to visit is a home improvement warehouse store. These stores, especially the large ones have whole rooms set up and priced. Use caution however, husbands and wives have been known to have gone into these rooms for days and when they came out they were muttering "but I liked the blue room best."

2. Debt Consolidation

Pay off all the nagging little balances that seem to have accumulated on various store and gas cards in your wallet.

3. A holiday in the sun or snow!

It's a matter of interest, if you shop around; you may find a couple of percentage points on a home equity loan that can make a world of difference. Consider a holiday South of the border or North to Canada.

Mexican or Caribbean destinations are very attractive during the winter months but if skiing and winter activities is more to your liking then consider Vancouver, Canada. Whistler, British Columbia is one of the locations that will host the 2010 Winter Olympics. Shop around for the best rates and dream on.

4. A retirement Savings plan

It's not an easy fact to accept but one day we will all need to retire. Planning for retirement requires good financial decision making. Many banking and financial companies offer free retirement planning advice. Some home equity loans are designed to be used for investment purposes. Talk to a trusted Financial Planner before signing the dotted line on this idea.

Loan Terms - Points To Ponder

Now you have a plan and are ready to talk with a lending company. You may want to do this on the Internet to save time and maybe a few dollars. If that is the case then it is a must to know these terms. Before you proceed to do some serious web surfing here are a few you will want to become familiar with before you consider a home equity loan. These points to ponder are:

Equity

Equity is the appraised value or Fair Market Value of your home less the outstanding mortgage balance.

Mortgage Broker

A mortgage broker is the "go between" whom you pay to negotiate the best deal. This person has access to current financial information and can be very important if financial savvy is not your strong suit.

HELOC

A HELOC is a Home Equity Line Of Credit. This term is discussed under types of home equity loans.

Debt Consolidation Loan

Over the years as you have paid off your home, you may have also acquired a few credit cards along the line. These credit cards include gas cards, store credit cards, and some bank credit cards. The interest rates on these cards vary and you may find that you are paying through the nose for the convenience of a store credit card. That is where a home equity loan can be very handy. You can borrow the amount you need to pay off each card and make one payment each month. With current financing plans, one payment at the end of the month is less than the minimum payment that was required on each card. Once you have done this, get out your scissors and cut up all of the cards except one bank credit card for emergencies. Remember the plan!

Balloon Loan

This type of loan can be difficult. The first few payments are low with low interest rates. The last payment however is exactly as the name describes; a balloon. It is a very large payment at the end of the repayment period. It is essential to stick to your financial plan because in this case you may need another loan to pay off the balloon amount.

Interest Rate

The periodic fee charged for a loan. This is expressed as a percentage point and some financial institutions are offering approximately 5.6% on a thirty year fixed $150,000.00 home equity loan. The lower the interest rate the better the deal, just make sure you aren't negotiating a balloon loan though.

Transaction Fee

Unfortunately no matter how good the deal on the loan you get, there is no free ride. In the business of credit management someone has to make money in order for home equity loans to exist. There will be some type of transaction fee built into the loan application. Lenders have costs and these costs are passed along to the consumer as a transaction fee. Depending on the loan company you decide to use, a transaction fee can be lower or higher, so make sure you shop around.

FICO Score

A sliding scale based on a point score created by the Fair Isaac Corporation. This score is used to determine a borrower's behavior and potential risk factor.

Credit Rating

Using the point system based on the FICO score, a credit rating can be anywhere from poor to excellent. With a good to excellent FICO score, a person's credit rating can determine how much money can be borrowed and what interest rate will be charged.

Re-Financing - Finding A Gold Mine In Your Home

Many people consider their home to be their castle but few consider that they could be living on a potential gold mine. If you have lived in your house for 10 years and have been making payments, especially bi-monthly payments, you have built up a considerable amount of equity. Pair that with a good FICO score and there is indeed gold in that there house.

What's Your Fico?

Mortgage Brokers use a FICO scale to determine the amount of money you can borrow against your home and at what interest rate you can borrow this money. This number is between 300 - 850 points and showcases a person's credit history. This scale was developed in California by the Fair Isaac Corporation, a global decision management company. A credit rating of 700 points is considered "good" and based on a $150,000.00 fixed thirty year mortgage, your rate of interest would be 5.7 percent VS 9.3% if your FICO score was below 600 points. Having a high FICO entitles you to borrow more money at a better rate.

Improving Your Fico

You've taken the test, (which is available at most lenders websites), and your score is not as stellar as you had hopped it would be. There are a couple of ways to improve this score:

1. Pay all your bills on time.

2. Keep a small balance on one credit card to keep it "active".

The FICO website gives you all the "who, what, where, when and why" of the two above suggestions. You can read about the rationale in great detail at that site.

Buyers Beware

With today's credit options and a good credit rating, you can borrow a lot of money against your home. This ability if not used responsibly and with a good solid financial plan can be ruinous. Some borrowers have gotten over their head and ultimately had to file for bankruptcy. So beware of potential risks.

Home Equity Loans - A Golden Opportunity

As you can see, a home equity loan is a great way to improve your living space, go on a holiday, plan for retirement or pay off some debts. With the right combination of a good FICO score and proper planning, there really is gold in that there house. - 30696

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Short Selling Stocks - A Quick Guide

By Heath Derkins

A short sell is the promise to deliver a stock the seller does not possess at the time of sale. You must have access to the stock through a broker who will temporarily lend you the stock. The stocks you short come from many sources as they might be owned by your brokerage firm or by another client.

The money you make from the sale of your stock is only posted to your account once the sale is finalized. In time, you will stop selling unavailable stock and settle your accounts. To make the payback, you purchase the same number of shares you sold so you can give back the stock you borrowed from the broker. You may make money if you can buy back the stock for less than what you originally paid for it. There is always a risk to short selling if the stock rises and you have to buy it back for more than what you originally paid.

You need a broker if you are going to try to play with stocks, especially if you want to short sell. In order to use a broker for your stock dealings, you need to open an account with the firm from where the broker is located. If you open an account with cash, money is directly taken from your account to pay for any purchase. If you open a margin account, you do not need to pay for the purchase directly, and can borrow funds from the firm at the time of the transaction. The account is set up as a way to cover your activity.

In reality, you do not own the stock that you are short selling as you borrowed it prior to selling it. So you must pay the official owner any dividends or rights declared while your sale is open. For example, should the stock splits two-for-one while you have the loan, you will owe the lender twice the number of shares than what you borrowed.

A short selling stock is something that no beginner should try to do as it involves an understanding of the market and an understanding of greater risk. When you short a stock, there is technically no ceiling on the amount of money you can lose. Contrast this with buying a stock where the most you can lose is everything you paid for it but no more. Many also frown on short selling because you are making a bet that a stock will do poorly which is not a productive action. - 30696

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Investors: How To Make A Fortune With Small Investments In Pre-IPO Companies

By James Scott

Investors, are you tired of running into dead ends when it comes to trying to get brokers and lawyers to give you real, honest hot tips on that next big IPO where you can double or triple your money quickly with minimal risk? Are you tired of having to be the last to know about opportunities that you could have made a killing with but no one gave you this insider information?

What if I told you there was a way to come out on top virtually every time you made an investment regardless of whether the stock market is up, down or sideways? How would you like to be a "seed" investor in a new fully reporting
publicly traded company on the Over the Counter Bulletin Board (OTCBB) at a
discount to the market? How would you like to have "liquidity" in your investment? How would you like to have a built in "exit strategy"? How would you like to have an opportunity to spread your risks among three or four promising opportunities rather than one?

Here is how this can be done. Skip the clich route of getting investment tidbits from your broker; it's rare that they actually have specific details about these hush, hush scenarios and most likely couldn't put you in touch with the executives of the pre-public structure which is obviously a mandatory prerequisite for investing seed capital in these companies. Your best bet is to find a consultant or consulting firm who specializes in complete facilitation of going public. Chances are, at any given time they'll have 5 to 10 different companies who are only a few weeks or months away from trading and are offering stock at a substantial discount to the public in exchange for that seed capital. Contacts in this business are crucial.

Many times they will allow you to invest for no other reason other than they are trying to meet the 40 investor minimum qualification by the SEC to go public.

Many times you can put as little as $5,000 to $10,000 into the company as seed capital and when the company is public your investment skyrockets. So the moral of this story is, team up with a good 'go public' consultant. Be serious when you're talking to them and be ready to show some sort of proof of funds as these consultants get this type of inquire many times daily but if you are a serious investor and low maintenance, these consultants will most likely hand you a stack of some of the most valuable investment material you've ever held in your hands. Each page will have descriptions of the next big thing in the technology, biotech, alternative energy, natural fuels industries and each document offers an opportunity and each opportunity is usually worth its weight in gold, literally. - 30696

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Hints And Issues To Remember When Selecting The Most Effective Stock Picking Software

By Peter Skonctue

For those out there who are either already in the stock market or are considering getting into the stock market, knowing a few tips for selecting the best stock picking software can come in handy. This is especially in cases where one isn't comfortable relying on the continuous advice of a broker who may or may not be generating commissions based on "churning."

Churning is a series of actions taken by some unscrupulous brokers who will constantly buy and sell and trade stocks or other securities on the constant basis on behalf of a client. Whether the stocks make money or lose money, the broker will be making money based on the commissions charged for each trade. Stock picking software can help a person avoid this over reliance on a broker.

Normally, this sort of software operates through the automation of the analysis and then selection of stocks that it is hoped will have a high likelihood of positive gain. What this means is that the software can help one "buy low and sell high." Most of these programs synchronize themselves to market performance benchmarks and data gathered in real-time to ensure their accuracy.

Generally speaking, there are a few different kinds of software available for use, with each having a number of benefits and features and also a number of similar characteristics among all types. The first one, significance software, is probably appropriate for those who don't have very much time to decide when the best buying and selling periods are. The process is completely automated with this particular software program.

How it works is that it will scan stocks that have been placed onto a user's target list or an industry sector that the user has identified (i. E. Automobile companies) and will then engage in constant analysis and is aimed at presenting the best performing stocks. It will look at current stock market exchange reports, collate the data and then lay it out for the traitor who needs to come to a decision.

With functional software, the effort will be undertaken such that the software synchronizes to the up-and-down movements within the stock market and it will take these performance behaviors with an eye toward looking at stocks that are traded and at what prices. Working its way through a series of decision points it will come to a list of stocks that are the most valuable. It can also be customized.

As far as general features that may be common to many different software programs, most come equipped with stock tickers and international quote generators. Additionally, many are able to track portfolios and deliver customized alerts to their users. There are also charting and graphing tools and a way to have the software notify its user via e-mail for anything the user deems important.

Keep in mind that stock picking software can make the process involved in analyzing and then picking a stock much easier, no software or promoter of software can guarantee successful results or any kind of result, for that matter. All software programs are very skilled at collecting and then analyzing data but never forget that the final output might not necessarily be completely accurate. - 30696

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Discover The Easy Tips Day Trading Pros Use To Make Money

By Grant Dougan

Becoming a day trader is becoming an increasingly popular means for the average Joe to earn an income. There are those who treat it as a full time profession and others treat it as a method to make additional money. With its remarkable profit potential and the thrill it gives you, it's no surprise more individuals are trying out day trading.

Naturally you can't just jump in and make sizeable cash without understanding what you're doing! You require to have a certain amount of knowledge when you start so you can make the most of your cash.

As we all know, buying shares at a low cost and unloading when the cost is high is how you make cash in the stock market. So how does someone know when to jump into in a certain stock?

Employ these key day trading secrets to boost your money-making possibilities.

Get prepared early on. You need to be up and ready before executing your first transaction. You won't have to drop lots of time with this, but have a few key news sites you keep up with and it's a good idea to monitor a few companies closely. Getting a good overview of the stock market, including any notable shares, will prepare you to make strong financial judgments.

Don't spend too much time on shares with small volatility. With day trading day trading, cash is made by purchasing and selling stocks that are frequently changing in price. When day trading you are unloading stocks every day so you must be invested in stocks with daily price variations.

Better your mathematical skills. You need to be able to analyze financial data in a fast manner. There's no need to be a math wiz, but you must realize what the financial data mean in order to make quick, accurate judgments.

Develop lots of patiences. Those who generate the most cash are able to control their emotions during any swing. Whether someone is too pumped up about a giant win, or deeply self-defeated about a loss, either of these emotions can block your capability to stay focused, take wise actions, and keep a clear mind.

You might not become well off right away, but these hints are going to get you on your way to earning some cash with day trading. There's losts of cash to be gained from day trading and with a little work, you can be turning great profit from this exciting job. - 30696

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Want To Know What Penny Stocks To Buy? Look Inside....

By Sam Lockwood

Since the 19th century, penny stocks have been part of the American investment world. This is where the stocks got their names, since modern penny stocks almost never cost a penny. They're usually more like ten cents to five dollars. Now, let's look at the risks of working with penny stocks, then the opportunities they can provide.

Penny stocks are share offerings to investors made by companies either too new or too small to be listed in major stock exchange listings. There's a big potential for growth for relatively small investments initially, but pump and dump schemes are a real risk in this area. Just like anything else that has to do with the OTC (over-the-counter) market, buyers should remember to beware.

Choosing penny stocks in a reasonable fashion means having the business model of the company selling them independently appraised. This is like buying shares in any other company that's being publicly traded. It's important to understand the company's business model, what they're doing, who's competing with them, what they make and what products are being offered.

One of the most appealing things about penny stocks is that the majority of businesses offering them are quite simply put together. One typical type is that of a mining company, which will only be profitable when the price of the material it mines reaches a certain level. There are also some oil exploration stocks which use this kind of valuation.

Penny stocks are rated as a high risk vehicle by the Securities and Exchange Commission. Some of the risks involved include incomplete or indirect reporting of finances, fraud, and limited liquidity. People playing using a day trading strategy, sudden demand on penny stocks can create wide ranging volatility, which also makes it hard to short sell them.

The reporting guidelines on penny stocks are a lot less strict than they are for stocks listed on the national exchanges. In fact, some stocks will just delist for a few days. In the investment type known as the Pink Sheets, there's almost no regulatory requirement on penny stocks, no minimum accounting standards or reporting guidelines.

Because there are no generally accepted standards or standardization for penny stocks, they're an area that's extremely vulnerable to fraud and manipulation. People can pose as independent observers, then run up the price of penny stocks. All they have to do then is de list it, leaving buyer with nothing in what's classically called a pump and dump scheme.

Now, that doesn't mean you should be scared off of these stocks entirely. There are lots of real, legitimate start up companies, and they have to get going somewhere. Anyone who can pick a winner will get a handsome reward.

If you're able to spot a company with lots of promise, you could get an enormous payday. Even if you lose four out of five of your picks, the single winner you get will give you enough to forget about the other losses. - 30696

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