Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Stock Market

Chasing After Stocks
Playing the stock market can be fun, but it isn't a game for sissies. If you follow conventional wisdom, you'll keep a close eye on earnings, buyouts, splits, political events, momentum and the balance sheet. After you study all that, hang on to your wallet!

Is It Safe to Invest in Stocks?
Financial pundits can tick off dozens of strategies for winning in the market. Such advice ranges from the astrological alignment of the stars to environmentally correct stocks or mutual funds. I say, if you have spare funds, take the plunge -- but be careful!

Analysts Know What They're Doing

Stock prices are affected by many things, such as earnings and potential, sales outlook, competition and the quality of management. Nevertheless, one soon learns that the way stocks behave is inexplicable. That behavior makes one wonder, "Are the regulators doing their job?"

Watching the Market Can Be Fun
You don't have to be rich to follow the ups and downs of the stock market, but it helps. It's fun to try to figure out what the market's doing; and it can be profitable for anyone with a few dollars -- and a yen for risk.

Who's Really Watching the Stock Market?
The Federal Reserve Board and the U.S. Treasury are not doing enough to protect the growing number of sheep-like investors from the growing number of financial wolves. "Big money interests" are playing the market like an accordian.

Little Guy Deserves a Break
The little guy not only pays most of the taxes, as "Queen of Mean" Leona Helmsley once said, but, although Helmsley didn't say it, he nearly always gets the dirty end of the stick as well.

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