Thursday, 11 February 2010

There is no one way to pick stocks. Every stock strategy is a 'best guess' of how to invest.

Stock Picking 101

The Marketer's Manifesto

It’s time for fund managers to “return to their natural stock-picking tendencies,” said Citigroup chief global equity strategist Robert Buckland. “Just when the bear market (and subsequent rebound) has bullied us all into being very macro is the time when a good contrarian should be moving micro.” Over the last few years, the financial advisory business has been playing it close to the vest to protect as much of their clients’ investments as possible. They’re hesitant to move away from safe options because everyone is fearful of market fluctuations these days. However, some analysts say it’s precisely this strategy that’s holding us back. Stock picking is slowly but surely coming back into favor again, offering higher yields and better deals for people who know when to get in and when to get out.

Investors who are interested in stock picking have many different places to learn financial secrets, tips and trends. According to Forbes Magazine, some of these personal financial advisor “hot spots” include

ClearStation (, 
MSN Money (, 
Marketocracy (, 
Reuters Investor (, 
MarketHistory (, 
Morningstar (, 
Sector Updates (, 
Stock Fetcher (, 
Stock Selector (, 
ValuEngine ( and 
Wall Street Transcript ( 

Over time, the consumers who watch market activity will begin to develop a fundamental understanding of the markets.

There are many different types of stock picking strategies. Some of the most common include

Fundamental Analysis, 
Qualitative Analysis, 
Value Investing, 
Growth Investing, 
GARP Investing, 
Income Investing, 
 Dogs of the Dow and 
Technical Analysis.

While there is limited space to delve deeply into these complex strategies here, more information can be found at Investopedia ( Even when consumers learn financial investment techniques, there is no guarantee, however. According to Investopedia: “The bottom line is that there is no one way to pick stocks. Better to think of every stock strategy as nothing more than an application of a theory; a ‘best guess’ of how to invest.”

Stock picking can be done by individuals or by professionals. Top financial advisors work to assist clients in selecting a winning stock portfolio. While these individuals are undoubtedly more experienced in watching economic market fluctuations, they are still human and ultimately fallible. One should not simply entrust an enormous sum of money with a financial advisor, without looking over the periodic statements and watching the DOW/NASDAQ activity. All investing is a gamble, so expectations should be clear when getting started. Perhaps the best advice is still “don’t put all of your eggs in one basket!”

Beth Kaminski is the co-author of Curing Your Anxiety And Panic Attacks which detailed anxiety or panic attacks as well as tips on the various anxiety attack medication available at

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