More and more people find it difficult to make ends meet, as their salaries don't keep up with the current prices. This makes many of us start searching for alternative sources of income. Forex trading and investing in stocks seem to be two viable options. Nonetheless, as profitable as they may appear, these two activities bear an extremely high risk. Nobody can predict the future with good enough accuracy to allow for permanent winnings.
We don't know what's going to happen tomorrow, so we can't assume a certain evolution of specific currency exchange rates or stocks. This is why you have to be extremely careful before proceeding with such activities. There are brokers with decades of experience who fail whenever major news strike and shatter the world. Just think about 9/11, and you'll understand how volatile and unpredictable markets and currencies are. Something that seems huge today may only be a memory tomorrow.
Once you've understood the risk, you should try to educate yourself on investing in forex or in stocks. It's a good idea to choose one of them and focus on it until you understand its basics. In addition, you have to make sure you learn from some of the best professionals.
Reading blogs and free books is not enough to make you a good trader, especially if you barely have any financial or economic education whatsoever. Acknowledging your need for instruction is the first step towards being successful. You need to keep your mind and your eyes open, and learn from the best.
Stock and forex trading are done via special software platforms. If you want to trade, you are going to need one yourself, unless you decide to hire a broker to do everything for you. This means you have to spend time to understand all major platforms that are available, so that you can pick the one that suits you best. Luckily, most of them come with demo versions, so you can try them before you purchase anything.
Last but not least, you need to be able to control yourself and your urge to spend more than you can afford. It's tempting to borrow a huge amount of money to invest it in stock that seems extremely promising. However, if something happens and your stock doesn't perform as predicted, you are going to end up in a very big mess, as you'll have to return the money.
You may already be bankrupt by this time, so this would be the sad ending of your life as an investor. On the contrary, if you act carefully, and you invest only resources you can afford to lose, you have good chances to spot some winning stocks or market trends, and grab some nice opportunities for long term profits. Investing can make you rich, but it only works for those who are committed to stick to their strategies. You can't act at random and hope to become the next millionaire, as this isn't going to take you too far.
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