When NOT Which...

Knowing when to buy or sell a stock is about understanding timing and trends. In this edition of Get Started Trading, we will walk you through some key ideas and indicators that will signal the best time to buy stocks or sell stocks.

Your primary goal is profit. Make that happen by knowing what to watch out for and when to pull the trigger on your trades.

A common misconception about trading is that making money in the stock market will happen by choosing the right company.

There are some stats that are helpful for deciding which companies to trade but the company you choose is actually not as important as WHEN you make your trades.

THE TRADESMART UNIVERSITY TOP 150 List

Even though the WHEN is more important than the WHICH, you do still need to choose a company before you can address the analysis to answer the question of WHEN.

When choosing which company to trade, we favor those with a high trade volume. We advise you to choose companies with over one million average daily volume.

This indicates that it is liquid in the market and will make it easier to get in and out of your trades when you want to. Low volume can sometimes make it difficult to close the trade when you want. 

A great place to start when looking at companies is the TradeSmart University Top 150. 

The TradeSmart University Top 10 is our watchlist of stocks for trading. They have high volume in the market and, because of all of the constant activity on these, they are usually fun to trade. 

Our current top 150 company picks are listed below. 

Click Here to Download the TSU Top 150 List

BEGIN YOUR ANALYSIS

After you have chosen a company to trade, finding the right time to buy or sell that company’s stock requires analysis.

There are two types of analysis for stocks. Those are Fundamental analysis and Technical analysis.

Both Fundamental and Technical analysis seek to find value for any particular company stock. The truth, however, is that the value of any stock is the price that people are willing to pay for it. 

The current value is defined best as the current price it is trading for.

Fundamental Analysis looks at all of the underlying issues of a company and attempts to establish a theoretical value for the company. 

Some problems with this are that it can take days or even weeks for an assessment, it is based off of theory, and the analysis may not be accurate.

“Our society has been programmed to believe that if a company is good, the stock should go up.”      - Jeremy Whaley

Most people expect a stock to behave in a theoretical way, as in the way fundamental analysis works. 

We believe that if a company had a good year, the stocks should go up. On the contrary, if a company suffers from scandal or profit loss, we feel that their stock will go down. 

However, this is not always how it works. In reality, stocks go up and down all the time regardless of circumstances.

Technical Analysis studies the actual price action as it occurs in the market and uses that information for trading decisions.

Technical analysis does not focus on theory but on what is actually happening in the market minute by minute, day by day. It allows traders to respond quickly to immediate market information. 

Wrap Up

At TradeSmart University, we primarily focus on and teach technical analysis for our trades.

You can trade any stock you want but your profitability is completely dependent upon WHEN you make those trades. In order to understand the when, you need to understand HOW to analyze your company stocks.

You can ONLY be successful in the market if you have a good, reliable charting software to help you analyze your stocks. If you don’t have one yet, check out the trial offer from TradeLyon.

After you have gotten your charting software, you will then be equipped to advance your learning AND your earning!

In the meantime, stay tuned to this blog series for more valuable information to help you get started trading.

Also, remember to share this blog series with your kids! The more money they make, the nicer the nursing home you’ll be placed in when you are too old to trade and too old to stop them from moving you around.  Sharing is caring (about staying somewhere nice!)


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