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Month: March 2017

Managed Funds — Growing Your Wealth without the Headaches

Managed funds are an easy way to invest wisely and with low risk. Investment in a fixed term deposit – especially with a fund that invests in real estate – is an easy way to grow to your wealth. Apart from being a great way to have your money managed by investment professionals, managed funds also simplify the process of building and maintaining an investment portfolio. Instead of tracking a wide range of individual investments, your fund will keep track for you, and the progress of your investment is expressed in one simple unit price. <b>A Bit Here and a Bit There</b> With any investment strategy diversification is important to minimise risk. The resources available to financial institutions are usually greater than those of the individual investor, therefore diversification is much easier as part of a managed fund than it would be if you had to raise the capital for a truly diverse – and therefore more secure – investment yourself. As an example, if you have $100,000 to invest and you choose to buy real estate, your $100,000 might buy you a small unit that you could rent out. Then your entire financial future hangs on the performance of this one investment. If houses in that area depreciate due to changes in the locale, or you have trouble finding or keeping tenants, or you find out three weeks...

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Practice Your Investment Skills

You can practice your investment skills with a stock market simulation game. This is the best way to gain basic skill from this game before you actually investing real money in the stock market. Simulation games are usually played on the internet, where people can experience the thrill of investing in the stock market without any risks, costs or any fear of losing money when and if they make a poor investment decision. This game is very useful. Many teachers and professors of banking and finance are now using stock market simulation games to teach their students about the rudiments of investing in stocks. Most stock market simulation games come with a fee to get started, but there are some that are free of any charge. One does not need have prior knowledge about the stock market to join. You may wonder how this game is about. This is how stock market simulation games usually work: First, players must register. After registration, players are given an initial sum of “virtual” money to invest in companies of their choice. Players build a portfolio of stocks by buying and selling shares in companies. Most stock market simulation games use real-time market data. The objective of most stock market simulation games is to increase the value of your portfolio of stocks so that it is greater than that of the other game...

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Positive Net Cash

Every investor’s goal is to find undervalued investment and then sell it when it reaches fair value. To find the fair value of a common stock, we need to predict the profits generated by the stock over a period of time. This prediction may not be accurate. After all, nobody can know the future with 100% certainty. When things unexpectedly turn ugly, investors need to guard themselves against capital losses. The way to reduce this risk is by investing in companies with positive net cash. Net Cash is the difference between cash & short-term investments with the amount of long term debt. We can find this three items on the balance sheet of every company. A lot of times, one can include long term investment as cash. Long term investment can include instruments such as 18 month Certificate of Deposit or treasury bond maturing one year or more. To be on the safe side, let us consider just cash and short-term investments. You might wonder why we do not subtract short-term liabilities such as accounts payable. Good question. The reason is that accounts payable is normally used to buy inventories. Some of the revenue is also tied up in accounts receivable. In normal business operation, these two things can be used to pay for short-term liabilities. There are of course exceptions such as banks where they use short-term liabilities...

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Secrets That Ensure Profits

The following article includes pertinent information that may cause you to reconsider what you thought you understood. The most important thing is to study with an open mind and be willing to revise your understanding if necessary. This interesting article addresses some of the key issues regarding Futures trading. A careful reading of this material could make a big difference in how you think about futures markets and trading them. How a strategic money management plan works is discipline, not magic. In the market place it’s possible to be right, and to still lose money. In fact, it’s pretty common. Traders who win on a high percentage of their trades often end up with their capital eroded away, and left with nothing to show for their work. They lose their gains because they don’t know how to manage their money. Being a good manager of your own money is one of the most difficult of skills to learn. But if you do not use good money management to bank profits, learn to take small losses when you are wrong and control your use of margin, you will lose it all. No matter how good of a trader you think you are, your first priority needs to be protecting your capital if you want to be successful. As a trader, your capital is the most valuable asset you have. It...

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Start Investing Early in Your Career

You’re young, you just landed a new job and you’re going to be getting a decent paycheck. You also have bills to pay and there are also a few items that you’ve always wanted so now you can finally afford them. Investing for your retirement may be the last thing on your mind at the start of a new career. Take some advice from those with a little more experience: Start investing early in your career. Start from day one and you will never miss that money you’re setting aside. If your company has available a 401-K or a TSP program, jump on the band wagon immediately. If you don’t have these programs at your disposal, you can still start an IRA and the concepts stated here are applicable as well. It really does it make a difference when you start contributing. It is important to invest in your retirement account early in your career for two reasons. First, if you’re fortunate to receive matching contributions, you don’t want to miss out on those added contributions that are a significant part of your retirement benefit. Second, the longer contributions stay in your account, the more you stand to gain. Your money makes money in the form of earnings, and those earnings in turn make money, and so on. This is what is known as the “miracle of compounding.” As...

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