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Knowing How to Buy and Sell A Stock

Todays Date: December 13, 2018

I’m sure you have your own method to picking out what stocks you like to buy. You might be a value investor who buys based on fundamentals. Or you may be a growth investor who looks for companies that have big earnings growth. Whatever type of stock you buy you need a method to know when to buy and sell.

You see you have to do more than just get an idea from TV or read about a hot stock in a magazine to make money. You have to know basic trading tactics and fundamentals and put them to use. That is where understanding price action and stock charts comes in.

There are three principles to technical analysis. First is that market action discounts everything. In other words all of the known information is already factored in price. Knowing information won’t give you an edge, because the price already has it factored in.

The second principle is that prices move in trends. There are predictable trends that repeat over and over again that you can take advantage of. The trader’s mantra is “the trend is your friend.”

The third principle of technical analysis is that patterns happen over and over again. Traders and investors tend to move in herds and do the same thing over again, because people don’t change. This enables the technician to profit from the behavior of the crowd in the market.

The important thing is to be able to tell when a price movement represents an important pattern or is just noise you need to ignore. To do that you just need to do some studying and learn the patterns. Most people don’t do that and just chase fluctuations and lose money.

There are also some basic mechanical trading rules that are helpful to apply. You want to get your own emotions out of your decision making process as much as possible, because that is where mistakes are made. That means coming up with some solid stock trading rules that you will stick with.

There are many books worth reading when it comes to stock trading and technical analysis. There are also some good trading courses out there. The world is at your finger tips if you just start to educate yourself.

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