The Stock Exchange For Beginners - Part 2

As I continue my guide, about the Stock Exchange For Beginners, where should a newbie really start?

Firstly, I believe, with a realisation.

The stock exchange is rarely a place where anyone 'gets rich quick'. Offhand, I don't know where anyone does that, but certainly not in investments. Sure, some occassional stocks and shares will rise quickly making their owners money, but rarely will you become rich. Bear in mind that if an investment doubles in one year (which is pretty rare) you needed to be already wealthy to make a lot of money. If you invested a thousand, you will have just 'made' a thousand. You aren't wealthy or rich yet.

There are ways for an investor to make enormous profits, but as ever, they involve enormous risks. Things like options and futures really are NOT for the beginner with limited resources. They are highly technical, involve the potential to lose all of your investment quickly and need constant monitoring. I know that I am quite traditional in this sense, but many options appear to me as if they are little more than a gamble. That is not how a prudent investor operates! Instead look for reliable and predictable companies, quoted on the stock exchange and suitable for beginners.

Second realisation is this ... It isn't easy for beginners to make money on the stock exchange . If everyone could become a billionaire by investing, Warren Buffett would not be famous. It takes time, study and effort and most importantly - independent thought. Not everyone has the will or stamina to carry that through. I know that mine wavers from time to time. Who doesn't suffer setbacks and confidence knocks?

Thirdly, though it may be a 'hobby', the stock exchange isn't 'fun'. The world of investment is dominated by investment banks and their bankers. They do all the big deals, float companies, issue bonds, trade stocks, bonds, currencies and commodities and make lots of money. They employ some of the world's brightest young MBA's to figure out new and improved profit making ventures. They do all this because it is a business, with real money and real profits. Nobody is playing around.

If you want to be successful, you too need to view it as a business. Here is tip number one: if you are interested, go and do some reading about Benjamin Graham. Buy his books and digest. It will take a while, but it is the proper place to start. It was Ben Graham that first coined the idea successful investment is businesslike.

All that said, the little guy can still make money investing. I know, I do. Why can't you? Funds find it hard to invest in small companies, maybe that offers you an edge. Often, money managers are so busy working their 15 hour days that they miss wider discoveries in society. Just by going to the mall or supermarket, you might spot lines selling well and get a head start on the analysts. If that approach sounds good, you might like to grab a book by Peter Lynch - he offers guidance on how he finds winners, or as he puts it 'tenbaggers'.

If you really want to do well in investment on the stock exchange, then you need to approach it as if it were your own business. A part-time business perhaps, but still a business.

The stock exchange for beginners can be a daunting way to make a second income. Fear not, with time, you can learn the skills. But, I warn you again that it takes effort, independent thought and study to really do well.

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