When companies want to raise funds, they sell shares to investors. When these shares trade on an exchange, the public can buy into these companies and become shareholders. Investing in stocks is a way for investors to participate in the growth of companies and the economy as a whole. Wealth is ultimately generated from owning shares of valuable businesses, not earning a paycheck. Through careful analysis, investors can own and participate in growing businesses as part owners. Of course, as in any business, success is not guaranteed and thorough research must be conducted before any investment is made.
While the economic data have continued to come in worse, the S&P 500 has strengthened over the past few months. What is the stock analysis that can justify such a move, and is it sustainable? These two questions are critical for those interested in investing in stocks. There are several reasons for why the S&P 500 is at current l… Read More
Investing in stocks hasn’t been great over the last decade or so. The stock market is basically trading around the same level it was this time last year. It’s the same as it was in 2008, 2006, 2000, and 1999. Without dividends, you would have lost money owning the S&P 500 Index over the last 12 years due to inflation, which highlig… Read More
The sovereign debt issue in Europe is a direct threat to the U.S. stock market… Read More. It’s been like this for the last year, and it is likely to stay like this well into 2012. Prior to the European sovereign debt crisis, U.S. equity investors didn’t really care about what was going on over there, but times change—and they change quickly.
It’s pretty clear that the economy will be in a slow growth state for quite some time and the most important economic statistic to follow will be consumer spending. We know that the economy is going to be lackluster for the next several years, because government spending will continue to be reduced, putting pressure on any income growth. It’s the age of austerity and it’s going to last for quite a while.
It’s funny how investor sentiment can change on a dime. An expectation gets created for a solution to a problem, the action occurs, then it’s okay for investors to buy stocks. Institutional investors—or traders more particularly—always do this. It’s the game of the equity speculation business and it’s a reflection of human nature.