ISM services index dips in March but shows steady U.S. growth

WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) - Companies in the U.S. service sector such as health care and retail grew at a slightly slower but still solid pace in March, according to survey of senior executives. The Institute for Supply Management said its nonmanufacturing index fell to 56.5% from 56.9% in February. Still, readings over 50% signal more businesses are expanding instead of contracting. The survey is compiled from a questionnaire of the executives who buy supplies for their companies and it tends to rise in fall in tandem with the broader economy. The new orders index rose 1.1 points to 57.8% while employment edged up 0.2 points to 56.6%, the highest level since last July.

Stock Market Tips And Tricks That Everyone Must Know

While investments in the stock market are popular the world over, they are becoming more popular as people realize how beneficial the investment can be. Though, not everyone that jumps into the market does so with the right knowledge. If they invest their money carelessly they do not get good results. This article has a lot of information you can learn about how you can make wise investments.

Before getting into the stock market, carefully observe it. Prior to investing in the stock market take the time to study the inner workings of trading and investing. Prior to investing, try to follow the stock market for at least a couple of years. If you are patient and observant, you'll understand the market better and will be more likely to make money.

Never invest too much of your capital fund in one stock. If the stock goes into decline later on, this helps you greatly reduce your risk.

Timing the markets is not a good idea. History has proven that the best results go to those who steadily invest equal sums of money into the market over a long period of time. Think carefully about the exact amount of your income that you are willing to invest. Steadily make small investment and your patience will pay off.

If you are new to investing, be wary that making big returns overnight is tough. Often, it takes a long time for a company to grow and become successful, and lots of people give up along the way. You must learn how to have patience.

Know what your circle of competence is and stay within it. If you are investing on your own, using a discount or online brokerage, only look at companies that you know something about. While you might know how to judge a landlord, can you judge a company that makes oil rigs? Leave investment decisions like these to a professional.

To make your portfolio work for you, create an investment plan or policy and put the rules in writing. Strategies for the timing of stock purchases and sales should definitely be included in the plan. Also, it should contain a well thought out investment budget. With a solid plan governing your investment strategy, you will be more likely to make decisions with your head instead of your guts.

Use restraint when purchasing the stock of the company you work for. A lot of employees are temped to invest in the company they work for, but this carries a risk. If anything happens to the company, you will not only lose your paycheck but your investment, as well. There may be some benefit if the stocks at your company are available at a discount.

Keep investment plans simple when you are beginning. The possible gains made by diversifying and using a complex plan may sound enticing, but it is advisable to stick with a simple plan to start until you are comfortable. You will eventually see that you are saving a lot of money this way.

You can sometimes find bargains with stocks trading that have taken a short-term hit because of bad news. If a company has a temporary downturn, this can be a great opportunity to buy its stock at an affordable price. Just make sure the downturn is actually temporary. A businesses that simply misses some deadline due to some error, like shortage of materials, can experience sudden drops in the value of their stock due to investors who panic. Note that this is temporary, not permanent. Companies that have faced financial scandal in the past can find it hard to rebound from them.

A financial advisor can be a great resource, even for those who plan to manage their stocks on their own. A financial counselor doesn't just tell you what the best investments are. Additionally, they will help you determine your tolerance for risk and your timeline based on your long-term goals. You can then formulate a solid plan together based on this information.

Don't focus so intently on stocks that you miss other opportunities to make profitable investments. Among the investments that you should keep your eye on are bonds, real estate, mutual funds, and sometimes art and gold are very lucrative. Consider every available option when you invest. If you've got a lot of money to do it with, invest in multiple areas for protection.

Don't forget that cash doesn't necessarily equal profit. Cash flow is the lifeblood of all financial operations, including your investing activities. It is good to reinvest or just spend your earnings, but keep enough money on hand to pay your immediate bills. Keep 6 months worth of living expenses stored away to be safe.

The article here should have presented you with greater knowledge of the stock market. You need to be prepared when it comes to investing in order to see your money grow. Use this knowledge to design and strategy that will minimize your risks and maximize your success as you become more experienced in stock investing.

Gotta love ZERO RISK in the SP500 = $$$

Wont be long now, eh?? :D


What are you going to say when the market has a healthy drop, history proves it happens.

It will happen, but the question is will you have the balls to hold??

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What are you going to say when the market has a healthy drop, history proves it happens.


So far we're 0 in 928 :p Why not swim WITH the stream, instead of AGAINST it? ZERO RISK is the key word!!!!


Have you hear about non stationarity of volatility... perhaps you should do the same with a one standard deviation measure, not a fixed 2%...

Quote from makloda:

So far we're 0 in 928 :p Why not swim WITH the stream, instead of AGAINST it? ZERO RISK is the key word!!!!





Direction dont matter when you are a trader......


Quote from wee man:

Direction dont matter when you are a trader......


You forgot to add "real trader" :D

Slaves predict... Kings react

oh and losers post infantile slogans in caps

#1: The trend is your friend

#2: There is a new trend every day

#3: Intraday traders no longer care when the closing bell rings :)

How about when it drops 1-1-1% in a row?

Last year mid-June and mid-July. 3-3 days 40 and 45 points drops...

The Mid-July drop was 3.5% if you want it in %....

P.S.: Both May and July had 60+ points drops, but it took several days. Point is, you can have a downtrend without a really big one day drop...


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