Part 2 of 12 part Short Story on Short Selling series. Investors that short a stock, profit by selling shares they don’t own. Without your knowledge, a short seller may have borrowed stock that you own. The loan comes from your stockbroker’s inventory which includes the stock you hold.
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Part 4 of 4: White Top View, Market Direction series. Yesterday we began our discussion of five key stock market direction pointers. Today we conclude that discussion. Digging deeper into economic data can refine the results but there is little practical reason to do so. The basic approach works well. Trending up produces a rising stock market; tending down produces a falling stock market. When the trend is up, confidently take stock positions. Go long by buying shares. Purchase stocks that benefit most from economic growth. If the trend is down, get out of the market by selling stock positions and going to cash. Alternately in a down market, sell short to profit from falling stock prices.
Part 3 of 4: White Top View, Market Direction series. Get a fast read on the most likely stock market direction. Some easy observations and a few simple questions can give you a reliable and useful indication of stock market direction. Among your contacts, neighbors, friends and family, observe and ask questions on the five following points: Careers advancing or are jobs being lost? People concerned or confident about employment? New cars being bought or old cars repaired? Houses being purchased and renovations made? More people upsizing or downsizing? You can spend weeks delving deeply into economic reports or listening to the droning and arguing of pundits, experts and politicians. Or use this simple alternative approach which works very well.
Part 2 of 4: White Top View, Market Direction series. Investors use data to look forward, typically about 6 months. While not strictly a prediction, it expresses near term expectations of economic direction. That so called predictive function can strongly suggest the most probable future. That can tip us off to both opportunity or danger in the markets. We can use it as either or both a big money-maker or capital saver! The desire to know the future direction motivates much research. Seeking, compiling, identifying and reporting indicators keeps many people busy.
If the market’s behavior makes you consider doing both…well let’s see you go about your business in that position…:-) Corrections happen and this has been one. They are a normal part of the market. So unless we see reason to change course, and so far I do not, stay the course with good quality holdings. […]