Predicting Markets

When analysts, traders, investors and institutional portfolio managers look for investments, they try to analyze the market and place funds in the position with the highest reward-to-risk ratio. Predicting the future is not possible, but what is possible is looking for situations are out of balance and that provide opportunities for investors. There are several methods, including fundamental and technical analysis. In each case, investors would study the company through various metrics and come up with a formula to determine if a stock is a buy, hold or sell.


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