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How To Find Information On The Stock Market

By Jason Markum

Stock market investing is incredibly difficult, and becomes even more difficult if you don’t have the right information available to you. The trick is, finding the right information and sifting the nonsense from the important stuff to get the info that you need to make informed accurate scientific decisions on your investment portfolio.

In this modern day and age of global interconnected faster than the speed of light information; with the Internet at our fingertips 24/7 and financial news networks blaring loudly 24 hours a day as well, it can often be hard to know exactly where to look. Many times two different sources will give you two different opinions and each will feel equally valid!

That’s why I wrote this article for you today. I’m going to talk about some of the best ways to find information about a company that you would like to invest in as well as the broad stock market in general.

Right off the bat let me just say that you don’t have to read every newspaper and financial publication or listen to all the rabble investment advice that you might find on TV in order to get a solid working picture of the stock market at any given time.

At the same time, you do want to take information gathering seriously because it will always be a cornerstone and the base or foundation of all stock market investment decisions you will ever make. The wrong information can be dangerous, but not as dangerous as having no information at all!

First you should pick one or two financial newspapers to read daily to get a broad overreaching idea of how the overall stock market is working. All stocks, no matter what industry they are in, are connected to the broad market to some degree and therefore if the market in general is down, or up, it will affect your individual stocks. Personally I like to read the Wall Street Journal for domestic United States news and the Financial Times for global business news. The Financial Times newspaper is published out of London but delivers daily to most major cities in America and will deliver to your mailbox outside of most major cities.

Next many people subscribe to stock market newsletters which are written by a wide range of market participants including stockbrokers, stock traders, bond traders, currency traders, portfolio managers, and even pundits. These newsletters can give you specialized looks into certain industries at a level you may not be able to get on your own but the good ones cost a lot of money; in fact, they usually cost many times more than a good newspaper subscription would in a year. Still with a little bit of experience you can find a few good newsletters that work well for you.

Finally corporate publications are a very important information gathering part of your investment strategy. Here I’m talking about balance sheets, income statements, and other financial statements that the companies themselves put out not just during their end of year wrap up, but quarterly as well. You’ll need these financial statements to run your stock analysis to determine fundamental values of stock.

There you have several ways to find solid information that cuts through most of the nonsense that you find out there. Using these sources will certainly give you a leg up over most investors.

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