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Stock Market Education

The stock market has made many fortunes. It has also been the path to large financial losses. It could be a blessing but likewise it could also prove to be a curse. One thing is for sure though; you must know what you are doing if you are going to start dabbling in the game and the first thing you want to make sure is that you have a good stock market education.

There are many places, programs and people from whom you can get your stock market education. There are also many different programs and educational options. Yes, unfortunately there are some unscrupulous folks out there who have never even walked the walk but talk a good one and have no trouble separating people from their money who are trying to obtain a stock market education.

However, with good old due diligence and research you should be able to find someone or some program that can get you underway in your quest for a good stock market education. If you have a friend or family member and they have done well in the market, then you may be able to acquire your stock market education without having to spend a dime.

If you have to go the paid route, make sure that the person you are learning from is an active trader. And if that is the case, see if you could sort of learn by looking over their shoulder while they execute their trades. Should you decide to go the program route for your stock market education, do your best to find out that it is indeed a workable and viable program.

A good stock market education will make sure that you know the differences between technical analysis of stocks as well as fundamental analyses. If your mentor or the program can not ensure that then it is best that you avoid them as they are not conducive to a sound stock market education.

Many stock market education providers will recommend paper or hypothetical trading before engaging in live trades. This will give provide good learning experiences without risk of loss. The downside is there is no financial profit in these trades. However this can easily be offset by future gains and loss minimization.

The above cannot be emphasized strongly enough. When you are in the process of buying and selling stocks you must have a working knowledge of those two types of analyses, technical and fundamental. And also, with a good stock market education you will know when to buy, when to hold and for how long and when to sell, which is where learning stop-loss methods will really come in handy. In other words, you must know when to buy, hold, and sell.

So yes, there is money to be made in the stock market. But as has been stressed throughout this article, a good stock market education is very important. While this is not necessarily a guarantee of success, prior stock market education will certainly go a long way in helping you get going in the market and avoid pitfalls along the way. - 120x60 - Jim Cramer