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How to Research Stocks for Beginners

Most investors are aware that buying stocks is a wise decision for their financial future. But only if you create an investment portfolio that supports your financial objectives.

Unfortunately, many beginners find the stock buying procedure to be mysterious. The good news is that stock research doesn't have to be difficult. As with any skill, you must first understand the fundamentals.

Figure Out your Investment Goals

If you are investing in stocks, it’s a good idea to get specific with your financial goals, which can help you build a portfolio that meets your needs.

A few reasons why you might want to invest in stocks may include:

· Becoming financially independent

· Retiring at a reasonable age

· Building up the funds for a major purchase that’s at least a decade in the future

Consider setting down your financial portfolio goals, whatever they may be, to keep yourself on track. The stock market is by nature an unstable environment. A stated goal helps keep you on course during this rollercoaster ride despite all of the ups and downs.

Additionally, you may have distinct objectives for the various components of your portfolio. You might devote 90% of your portfolio, for instance, to long-term objectives like retirement. Additionally, you may reserve 10% of your capital for trading and investing.

Choose your Approach

As you consider a stock for your portfolio, you’ll need to analyze it. There are two different options. Here’s a look at each.

Fundamental Analysis

To decide what a company's stock price ought to be, fundamental analysis looks at its core worth.

Value investors are ideal candidates for this style of study. A value investor searches the stock market for deals like a consumer looking for the best price. This is typically a long-term strategy.

When conducting fundamental analysis, you’ll look at the metrics of a business to determine if the stock price accurately reflects the value of the business. If the analysis finds that a business’s stock price is lower than you believe it should be, that stock could make a good addition to your portfolio.

Technical Analysis

On the flip side, some investors prefer technical analysis.

With this type of analysis, you’ll assume that the stock price is an accurate assessment of the underlying business. So instead of looking for deals based on the value of the business, you’ll look for opportunities to buy a stock based on the history of that stock’s price.

Technical analysis has the goal of rooting out patterns in a stock price. Generally, this is a short-term investment strategy.

Look into a Company’s Financial Record

A company’s stock price isn’t the only factor investors should consider. As you build out an investment portfolio, look for businesses that have a solid plan for reliable earnings.

Look for:

· Solid Management

· Industry Trends

· Competitive Advantage

Although researching stocks is important, you’ll need to go from research to purchase at some point. But when? Ultimately, it’s when you feel comfortable with your ability to select a stock that aligns with your financial goals.

The stock market can be volatile. So, should you invest when the market has a huge swing up or down?

The answer is that you should keep building your investment portfolio in alignment with your goals. You can find opportunities to invest in a booming market and a falling market. Don’t let the major swings sway you away from your investment plans.

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