My Simple Penny Stock Picking System

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Before investing your hard-earned cash into penny stocks, it is important to research the penny stocks you want to invest in before committing any cash.. You want to find profitable penny stocks. To do this, you’ll need penny stock leads. Leads are just names of penny stocks that you are thinking of investing in.

There are many ways to get penny stock leads. For example, searching the internet (blogs and forums), joining a penny stock mailing list or keeping an eye out on…

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Before investing your hard-earned cash into penny stocks, it is important to research the penny stocks you want to invest in before committing any cash.. You want to find profitable penny stocks. To do this, you’ll need penny stock leads. Leads are just names of penny stocks that you are thinking of investing in.

There are many ways to get penny stock leads. For example, searching the internet (blogs and forums), joining a penny stock mailing list or keeping an eye out on the news. The main idea is to build a list of around 5 to 10 quality leads that are worthy of your money.

After you have a list of leads, you’ll want to choose one or two of them. You’ll need to go through your list and discard stocks which do not meet your criteria. This process can be tedious but it will be well worth it in the end.

The criteria that I look for include – company history, business plan, opinions of individuals and experts, financial information, competition, track record of the board of directors, company reports and broker recommendations. Using the variables, I can quickly establish whether a particular stock is worth investing in.

Once my list has been cut down to 1 or 2 stocks, I’ll ask for opinions from other people to confirm my selections. It is very important to listen to the views of other investors because, in most cases, they’ll have something valuable to contribute to your research. Perhaps, you missed out a vital piece of information which other investors could highlight for you.

Now that I have 1 or 2 stocks out of my original list of 10, I feel confident that I have done my due diligence and I am ready to invest. I use this process every time I’m investing in penny stocks and , so far, it has been simple but profitable.

Guidance for Retirees on Managing Investments

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Financial media have put so much focus in recent years on how investors can accumulate wealth for retirement that they often have overlooked what investors should do once they actually retire.

Guidance for Retirees on Managing Investments

Financial media have put so much focus in recent years on how investors can accumulate wealth for retirement that they often have overlooked what investors should do once they actually retire.

But with the first wave of baby boomers turning 60 next year, retirees’ abilities to manage their assets will become a much bigger issue.

As financial planning becomes more complex – and as workers become increasingly responsible for funding their own retirements – investors would be wise to seek advice about navigating the retirement waters.

American Century Investments has developed an award-winning, 21-page booklet, “Manage Your Investments During Retirement,” that helps guide investors through various issues as they approach and enter retirement, including:

* building a retirement portfolio;

* managing income sources, from retirement savings to Social Security benefits;

* forecasting expenses for health care and long-term care;

* determining annuity payments and withdrawal strategies for all accounts, including taxable and tax-deferred accounts;

* calculating a withdrawal rate.

American Century also is launching additional retirement planning and investing tools for investors in all stages of retirement.

These new services will help investors develop retirement plans, invest their retirement portfolios and manage their retirement incomes. Investors can work with an experienced investment consultant or work on their own online to take advantage of these new services.

These retirement services are part of American Century’s On Plan Investing approach – providing guidance tailored to investors’ needs to help them meet their most important financial goals – available at no additional cost.

Vonage Shorts Out, Under Armour Has Lofty Ambitions

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This article looks at two recent IPOs, Under Armour and Vonage.

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Under Armour, Inc. (UAI) debuted on November 18, 2005 at $31. The maker of branded performance clothing is growing its brand recognition via the use of hip brand promotion that is trying to wrestle away interest from the traditional buyers of Nike (NKE).

Under Armour has targeted the youth and athletic market where it competing with the established and strong Nike brand. Under Armour has a projected five-year annual earnings growth of 22.50% versus 14% for Nike. But on the valuation side, Under Armour is discounting in significant premium growth over that of Nike. Under Armour is trading at 46.19x its FY07 and a PEG of 2.75 versus 14.27x and a PEG of 1.06 for Nike. Clearly, Under Armour will need to perform to its lofty expectations going forward; otherwise, the stock will sell off. Nike is a superior value play.

Vonage Holdings Corp. (NYSE/VG) debuted on Wednesday at $17, the mid-point of its estimated IPO pricing range of $16-$18. The provider of Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) is an early entrant into the rapidly growing area of VoIP and presently has about 1.6 million subscribers but the company has yet to turn a profit. VoIP uses a broadband connection to make phone calls.

High advertising costs to acquire customers have hindered margins. Vonage is the current leader due to its early entry into the VoIP business but I see the company facing a difficult uphill climb as intense competition surfaces from major cable companies and the Skype service from eBay (EBAY).

The reality is Vonage has to spend extraordinary money on acquiring customers whereas for cable companies and eBay, there is already a significant customer base to market to. Vonage will soon realize this.

Hedge fund manager and the host of the hugely popular ‘Mad Money?show on CNBC said Vonage is a “piece of junk,?which I have to concur with. And with Vonage currently trading down at $13, the market may also view Vonage as over hype and not enough substance.

The Grand Daddy Boom in Uranium

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Approaching his 50th year in the uranium business, the quiet but assertive Chairman and Chief Executive of Uranium Resources (OTC BB: URIX). Paul K. Willmott talked to us about the current uranium bull market. Willmott discussed the third uranium bull market he’s experienced with both exuberance and caution.

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Approaching his 50th year in the uranium business, the quiet but assertive Chairman and Chief Executive of Uranium Resources (OTC BB: URIX). Paul K. Willmott talked to us about the current uranium bull market. Willmott discussed the third uranium bull market he’s experienced with both exuberance and caution.

Interviewer: How do you feel about the rising uranium price? And how high do you think it will go?

Willmott: Looking at the oft-quoted number of over $100/pound, that number came out of an analysis from a gentleman at MIT (Thomas Neff, MIT Center for International Studies). What he did was use the high point of 1980s with a time-value of money, and came up with $100. I am not saying that the prices could never get to that level. I’d never say that. There could be a price spike, and there are a lot of things that could or could not happen. The prices will rise to cover projected and estimated costs of production. It will also get to a level that will induce people to invest in companies, or for the company to invest in the business to get a rate of return.

Interviewer: How are the production costs different now as opposed to then?

Willmott: If you go back to the 1980s, the majority of the uranium was being mined by underground mining methods. Underground or open pit methods were used here in the United States: most of it in New Mexico, a lot of it in Colorado and Wyoming. The cost of production in those days was somewhat in the mid to high $20’s. When you put a rate of return on it, it got the market price up into the high $30’s. Since then, the major mining in Canada now is not at Elliot Lake or at Bancroft, Ontario, both underground and where it was before. The majority of uranium mining now is being mined in high grade ore bodies in the Athabasca Basin, which back in the 1980s was basically unknown, unexplored or unfound. In the United States, there is virtually little or no underground mining of uranium. It’s all done by low-cost ISL. Same as in Kazakhstan. You still have open pit mining of low-grade ore bodies, but those are very inexpensive to mine as in Africa. You also have byproduct in Australia.

Interviewer: Are you saying uranium prices are determined by production costs, not supply concerns?

Willmott: The big point is the major cost of uranium today is significantly less than what it was in the 1980s. If you go back to my basic premise, which is that price rises to cover cost of production, I don’t see that you can make the comparison of taking the high point in the 1980s and transposing it over today on the time-value of money basis, and coming out with something over $100/pound. That’s not to say the market could not get over $50/pound. I think it very well may. I think it will be the spike or an anomaly. And I think it will ultimately fall back as production comes on to the current demand of uranium.

Interviewer: What about Asian demand?

Willmott: There’s lot of talk about reactors in China, in India, Russia, and elsewhere. Talk of reactors in Europe staying on longer. That could prolong the cycle. I think that you will find over the next 5-7 years there will be enough uranium discovered, or discovered, put into production, licensed and permitted, to meet our current demand for uranium. That cycle may get prolonged a lot longer as these other (nuclear) plants may or may not come on.

Interviewer: Won’t the U.S. alone put an additional squeeze on the current uranium inventories by building another 10, 15 or 20 reactors?

Willmott: No, because if you look at the lead time on the announcement of these plants, the lead time to get these plants on, I think you’re looking at five to ten years at best. The I don’t think it’s going to be as long for the Chinese, because they don’t really have environmental concerns, regulatory concerns or intervener concerns. It certainly would put a crimp on existing and forecasted production. In terms of the long-term needs, they will ultimately be met. The current prices today are impacted by the current needs and some perception about the future.

Interviewer: TradeTech LLC recently announced, in a news release, that a large percentage of the spot uranium price rise in 2005 came from speculators and investors?

Willmott: If you look at what spot demand is, compared to the long-term demand, usually the spot is around 20 million pounds. Last year, I think it was around 30 million pounds. (Editor’s note: On January 27, Trade Tech reported slightly less than 30 million pounds for 2005.) That’s 20-30 million pounds of demand out of total demand of 180 to 190 million pounds. Of that demand, this past year, around 10 million ?that’s the latest number I know ?came from speculators, hedge funds, and the Uranium Participation Corporation (TSE: U). Certainly, it was a very major influence of a very small part of the market. Every week, everybody is excited about what the spot price is going to be on Monday night for UXC or Friday night from Trade Tech. It’s a little bit of the tail wagging the dog. Most certainly, the demand of 10 million pounds or so by the hedge funds had a very significant impact on the spot market for 2005.

Interviewer: But will this speculative uranium buying continue?

Willmott: Some of these people were able to get in while the spot price was in the low $20’s. Now that the price is at $37.50/pound, they’ve done quite well. If this price increase plateaus, and I project the spot price to be about $40/pound by the middle of this year, and then I’m not sure. I don’t know how long it will take to get up to $50. It might go up quite rapidly. What you’re going to see, as you can see with some of the (publicly traded) stocks out there, I think the major increase could very well be behind us. You will get an increase, but it certainly will not be in the couple of hundred percent increases that we’ve seen in 2005.

Interviewer: Is the oft-quoted $100/pound number realistic then?

Willmott: The uranium spot price is going to go to some level where there will be enough money brought in by investors to do the necessary exploration and development. There may be a price spike along the way. My feeling is it’s just not going to climb up and get over the $100 range that a lot of people are talking about. It could be a price spike, but I don’t think it’s sustainable.

Interviewer: After the price spikes, or runs higher, where do think the uranium price will settle?

Willmott: As the prices rise, on a longer term basis, there will be production that comes online, as is always the case. I am on record as having said that the price could very well get up to a level where it’s $50, $60 or $70/pound. But it will ultimately fall back to a level that more represents the cost of production. If you look at the places where they are exploring for uranium now, in Athabasca, and you look at the current costs of production, it’s my feeling that somewhere in the high $20’s or low $30’s is where the price will ultimately be for uranium. I think it’s going to take anywhere from five to seven years, may be ten, before production gets to that level. And that’s in today’s dollars.

Interviewer: Have prices become unrealistic in the uranium sector?

Willmott: I think there’s a lot of speculation out there, which may be a bit unrealistic. That’s more in the stock prices. Certainly, the need for uranium is there. I just think people are over-reacting as to what’s going to ultimately happen.

Interviewer: After World War I, a British army major in the Belgian Congo discovered uranium oxide with concentrations as high as 80 percent. That very quickly ended the long-term radium boom in the Colorado Plateau, an element which had been extracted from uranium. Could a major discovery end the recent excitement in this bull market?

Willmott: I don’t think any single discovery, whether it will be in Athabasca or elsewhere, no single discovery is going to overcome the total supply that is ultimately needed.

Interviewer: You’ve talked about Kazakhstan. Do you believe this is the wild card for the world market?

Willmott: Yes, it is. There are very large, very economic deposits there. They’ve made some very grand plans on what they’re going to produce. I personally don’t think they’re going to get there, not in the time frame they state. Then, of course, there are the uncertainties, such as the political. I can’t reflect on that, but there are uncertainties there. I don’t think they’re going to put on production as fast as what they have stated. I don’t think there is any single source that will do it (alleviate the supply shortage). I think it will go a fair distance in filling the shortfall or projected shortfall. I don’t think it’s going to satisfy it. But, you’re looking at somewhere around 80 or 90 million pounds of supply shortfall. Even if they get up to 25-30 million pounds, that’s not going to be enough.

Interviewer: Do you believe a bust will follow this excitement?

Willmott: Yes, but when you say bust, a lot of it is going to depend upon a market that doesn’t relate to current supply and demand. There’s a lot of supply out there that people will tout. Like “here come the Kazakhs,?or “the expansion of Olympic Dam,?or those type of things. Most supply and demand projections that we’ve been using in the company, and are using, have already anticipated these things. They’re not unknown ore bodies. The ore bodies in Africa, they’ve been known for a long time. Rossing staying on has been known for a long time. Midwest Lake has been known for a long time ?it was found 22 years ago. Cigar Lake was 22-23 years ago. A lot of the production you are seeing now, which is coming on and people are getting excited about, have been known and have been factored in for supply and demand projections for a long time.

Interviewer: How does the record price rise in 2005 compare to sustained high prices in the 1970s and early 1980s?

Willmott: I think that the 2005 price rise is a reflection of the shortage that is there. In the 1980s, the shortage, the price rise, then, was on a perception basis. The perception was that all of the utilities were going to get into nuclear power. I remember Eisenhower saying it was going to be too cheap to even meter. What happened was that all of these utilities were going to build all of these nuclear reactors. And then they realized the reactors were going to need uranium. That created a pseudo demand.

Interviewer: Why do you call this a false demand?

Willmott: The utilities all wanted to get into nuclear power. They made that decision. They then needed uranium to run their reactors. What happened then was the U.S. Enrichment Corporation told the utilities, “Look, if you want to get your uranium enriched, you are going to have to sign up for it now, basically on a take or pay contract.?With all of these grandiose plans, the utilities signed “take or pay?contracts with the USEC to supply uranium and to get it enriched. During the period, while they were committing, there was such a demand for uranium by all of these utilities that it caused the price to go up.

Interviewer: And then there was Three Mile Island.

Willmott: The demand for nuclear power went away after Three Mile Island. But, the utilities had already committed with mining companies to buy the uranium and they had already committed with USEC to enrich it. When the bloom went off the rose, there was no need for the uranium. The demand for the uranium went away, but the uranium kept coming out. That created a huge overhang that caused the prices to plummet and stay down for quite a number of years until the actual production was consumed. The “real?demand really turned out to be based more upon perception. When that perception died, the need for nuclear power died, but the supply kept coming out.

Interviewer: What about the demand today?

Willmott: Demand today is real. What is different in this cycle, besides the difference in the mining methods and the costs, which we’ve gone over, is that this is really a REAL demand right now. It’s coming from the utilities that realize there is an impending shortage of uranium.

Developing a Successful Home Budget

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Hoping for the best when it comes to budgeting rarely works out well.

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This is probably the most requested topic that I receive, normally after someone gets a large unexpected expense, or they start thinking about retirement and realize that they have saved a woefully inadequate amount of money.

I recommend using a monthly time-frame to look at your cash inflows and outflows, because most bills are monthly and four weeks is a short planning period that most people can manage. The first thing to do is determine your monthly after-tax income. Usually, this is the amount of money from your paycheck that gets deposited into your checking account. If your income is variable, then use an average of the last three months. (Any savings account interest income would be a bonus.) Next, list out your fixed monthly expenses, such as rent, mortgage, car payment, phone, electric bill, etc. All of these numbers can be changed in the long-term, but first you need to determine a baseline budget of where you are right now.

Make sure you include all of your utilities; some are only paid quarterly or annually, like car insurance, the water bill, or an association fee. Take these expenses and calculate what they would be on a monthly basis. For example, if your water bill comes quarterly, divide it by 3. If you have semi-annual car insurance, then divide it by 6.

So now you have your fixed monthly income and your fixed monthly expenses. Deduct one from the other, and you have the variable amount of money that you are free to spend any way you want for the remainder of the month. From this remaining amount of money, start listing out your main categories of variable spending: groceries, entertainment, medical expenses, clothing, dry cleaning, personal care (haircut, nails, etc.), and gifts. Take each of these variable expenses and put an amount next to them that you think represents your average monthly spending for that category.

Make as many subcategories as you need to make an accurate estimate. The more precise it is for your spending habits, the more effective it will be for you. For example, food can be broken down by grocery store/fast food/dining out/work lunch/etc. Then go through the last few months of your checkbook and credit card statement looking for any spending that hasn’t been covered so far that you need to include for your situation.

Now you should have a total number for your monthly income, total monthly fixed expenses, and total monthly variable expenses. The moment of truth is when you deduct the two expenses from your income to see if there is anything left over. Don’t panic if it is a negative number ?it is far better to discover this out now, rather than building up credit card debt later. Most people comment somewhere along this process, “Oh, so that is where my money is going. I had no idea I spent so much on that!?
Seeing all the numbers in black & white can help you prioritize (and negotiate with all the other spenders in the family). From this beginning budget, you can start to set monthly targets for spending categories, you can focus on reducing the largest expenses, and find areas where you should start doing some price-comparison shopping. And did I mention that saving a 5-15% of your income should be an additional fixed expense? Yes, you need to pay yourself first!

Having a budget is the critical first tool in managing your money. Wielding this tool allows you to finally start making financial decisions based on the facts instead of fiction. You can plan for expenses instead of being caught by surprise. And most importantly, figure out how to move forward with goals like a big vacation, a new car, or investing.

The Stock Market And Its Profits Potentials Compared To Other Investments

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The stock market investments has proving to yield more profits better than other financial investments in the financial market investments. With the stock investment, you are sure of an incessant opportunities of better profits, and above all…you are guarranteed of low risk of losing your money.

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The stock market investments has proving to yield more profits better than other financial investments in the financial market investments. With the stock investment, you are sure of an incessant opportunities of better profits, and above all…you are guarranteed of low risk of losing your money. Your portfolio manager will be on alert 24/5 to harness on your stock investments which fix you on full set of sleeping all day, and partying all night while your stock investment is growing more active by the day, and still making your money… even when you are out on your holidays.

The stock market has been accertained of its risk free and its profits potentials with the following other investments below, and the stock has been proven to be more yielding better than others below.

{1} Real Estate: ————- {Land & Building}
{2} Securities: ————– {Shares/Stocks and bonds}
{3} Trading: —————– {Buying/Selling/import & Export}
{4} Manufacturing: ———– {Goods & Services}
{5} Fixed Deposits: ———- {Banks/Building Societies}

Although, some investments are more lucrative than the other, but above all, ”The stock market” has still remained the most active, yielding, profitting and very lucrative among all others. A good example of one year investment trial has been conducted between the listed investments above, And yet ”The stock market” still emerge the leading profitting investment to yield potential profits among all others.

This statistic figures below has been monitored on 2 years on approximation investment prices as at between January 2006 to January 2008:-

Cost Of Price As At January 2006 Cost Of Price As At January 2008
{1} Land Cost:- 10,000 And 15,000 —— Current Price:- 13,000 And 18,000
{2} Buildings Cost:- 10,000 And 15,000 —— Building Cost:- 13,000 And 18,000
{3} Business Cost:- 10,000 And 15,000 —– Trading Cost:- 14,000 And 19,000
{4} Manufacturing Cost:- 100,000 And 15,000 — Manufacturing Cost:- 15,000 And 20,000
{5} Securities Cost, 10,000 And 15,000 —— Securities Cost:- 18,000 And 26,000

The statistics here show the result of changes in profit and in more yielding, lucrative and more profitable in each of the investments.

Statistics Of Changes In The Investment Profits As At January 2008.

Land Profits:- 13,000 And 18,000 ———– Profits Of:- 3,000 Each.
Building Profits:- 13,000 And 18,000 ——- Profits Of:- 3,000 Each.
Business Profits:- 14,000 And 19,000 ——– Profits Of:- 4,000 Each.
Manufacturing Profits:- 15,000 And 20,000 — Profits Of:- 5,000 Each.
Securities Profits:- 18,000 And 26,000 —— Profits Of: 8,000 And 11,000.

This statistic fagure above showed that the investment started at thesame time, and with thesame amount of capital investment, but with the changes and the transactions within the 2 years period of time, the securities stand solely as the highest yielding profitable investment with a huge difference of between 8,000 and 11,000 profits. The manufacturing is also another yielding investment within the same period of 2 years investment… thats to show you how profitting the stock markets and other securities markets stands to profit you money, you can even earn 3 times of your capital investment. You still earn money in stock market, even when you are sleeping or even when you are in a long distance holidays trip.

The stock market is the only assured investment that can prompt you enough chance to spend time with you family and your love one’s give, travel to the moon, engage other businesses and at the end of the day… you will still have so much to spend around with joy and happiness. Try investing into stock market today and you will see some changes in your financial capacity almost instantly, and to tell you the fact ” is INCESSANT”. You have absolutely nothing to lose order than profits, profits, profits and more profits. Read more from the authors links below.

Boost your savings

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It is general knowledge that residents of the United Kingdom are typically not savers.

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It is general knowledge that residents of the United Kingdom are typically not savers. They tend to spend much more than they save; according to studies, saving money is not as popular as it once was. Saving is extremely important to the quality of life you expect to live in the future. Think about it, what would happen if your car suddenly quit working? What would you do if the heater or refrigerator within your home just decided to give up one day? Imagine a situation where an emergency occurred and you had to travel immediately for some reason, what would you do?

Saving your money within an account can be an excellent source of immediate funds for an unexpected emergency. It makes a great deal of sense to simply put away money into an interest bearing account for these types of events, instead of having to take out a loan or bill a credit card for them. If you do either of these things will result in more debt and higher interest payments. Many experts believe that you need to set your priorities in the right direction and you should attempt to, over time, save an equal to your salary over a three month period.

Many people may find this a lot of money to put back when bills need to be paid, that is fine, consider saving as much as you possibly can without setting yourself into a deeper hole. If you simply saved ?00 a week over a three-month period you would have saved ?,200 (not including any interest accrued), that would likely pay for a broke refrigerator or a significant amount on a new or repaired heater. There are many different types of savings accounts that you can consider, some of which do not require substantial deposits.

Typically, a banking institution will access a tax on the interest prior to adding it into your savings account, for example a taxpayer at the basic rate level will be accessed twenty (20) percent, while a taxpayer at a higher rate will be accessed forty (40) percent. For those who do not pay taxes, no taxes are deducted from the interest. For those who are non-taxpayers, you will be required to fill out a R85 form, this will allow you to avoid the taxes and receive the total interest accrued on the account.

One thing people should definitely consider is an ISA (Individual Savings Account), the government of the United Kingdom, created these types of accounts in efforts to encourage residents to save their money. In this account, they allow you to save your money in an amount of ?,000 or less yearly, that will be considered tax-free.

Six Keys to Find Momentum Stocks

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Momentum stock trading is a proven method for accumulating great wealth in the stock market. There are six distinct characteristics one must look for in a potential stock in order to be successful.

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Momentum stock trading has been around for awhile and has been proven to a sound method for creating incredible wealth in the stock market. During the 1990s, for example, Clear Channel Communications went up 5,615%, Emulex rose 6,412%, Dell Computer went up 10,198%, Activision went up 13,819%, and Semtech rose 15,231%.

It is not uncommon to find stocks that accelerate in price that go on to make 100% to 300% returns in less than year or even in a few months. However, for beginning investors it can be a confusing and frustrating experience to find such stocks.

While many momentum stock traders all have different criteria when searching out tomorrow’s big winners there are typically six key steps when screening for a big winner.

They are:

1) Accelerating earnings or EPS (earnings per share). 2) Annual earnings up 25% or more in the last 3 years. 3) Minimum volume of 100,000 or at least increasing volume. 4) A 17% ROE (return on equity) or better. 5) Has leadership role in the market place. 6) Price at an all-time high.

Potential stocks for momentum trading should show strong fundamentals on there balance sheet and show that they are growing at an accelerated rate. By selecting stocks that are showing high EPS ratings and accelerating rates of growth over previous quarters you can be sure that you have a company that is growing out an above average rate. Wall Street loves earnings that are growing quickly and a company that does will be rewarded with institutional sponsorship by the big funds further causing share value to increase.

Momentum stocks also have shown that they are strong players in their market and prove there value by exhibiting strong annual earnings. Less than a 25% annual increase in annual earnings will not stimulate interest by the big mutual funds or investors resulting in a stock whose price will likely remain stagnant or increase in value at too slow a pace for momentum investing.

Stocks for consideration should have a daily average of 100,000 shares or at least see there average daily volume increase as the value of the stock rises. Any volume less than this shows little interest by the investment community and you could find yourself having trouble with liquidity in the stock if you need to sell and get out.

A potential stock should show a ROE of 17% or better. ROE is the net income divided by the number of shares held by investors. It shows the responsible return on capital by investors and the higher this ratio is the better for investors. In my opinion, this is one of the most important attributes for any stock investment.

Momentum stocks are also leaders in the market. When the major indices have declines true stock leaders exhibit strength by holding or even exceeding there highs or near there highs. When the major indices rally these leaders typically lead the rally and go on to make new highs and outpace the market.

Momentum stocks should also be traded at there all time highs. Buy trading at these levels at key technical entry points you are likely to ride the trend as the stock increases in share price. This type of characteristic increase your chances for profitability because a up trend in place is six times more likely to stay in place so you have the odds on your side.

You can stock for scans like these at Yahoo Financial or MSN Financial for free. Begin keeping a list of potential candidates and then track there performance. It may take a little practice but with time you will be able to spot the stocks that go on to make the big moves of 100% or more.

As with all types of investing keep in mind to cut your losers quickly and ride your winners with a good money management plan.

Good luck and good trading.

The advantages of day trading

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Historically, stock trading has been the domain of professional traders. Trading has been in essence a “private club” with restricted access. Day trading has changed that. For the first time, amateur traders have the tools (real time quotes and order execution) to compete with the professionals.

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Historically, stock trading has been the domain of professional traders. Trading has been in essence a “private club” with restricted access. Day trading has changed that. For the first time, amateur traders have the tools (real time quotes and order execution) to compete with the professionals.

Speed advantage of day trading

The key advantage of day trading is its speed. Now the technology is advanced enough to afford day traders the ability to receive and observe real-time price quotes tick by tick and to send electronically an execution order directly to the NASDAQ market maker. Electronic order execution is fast. Confirmations are received in seconds. Exiting trades is as easy and fast as entering the trade positions.

Control advantage of day trading

The other key advantage of day trading is the control of trading. Day traders are always in control of their own trading. They are their own brokers. They examine the financial data, ascertain the trends, and make their own decisions to buy or sell. Day traders do not have to worry about the price slippage. They monitor market prices tick by tick. During trading, at any point of time the trader always knows the stock’s best BID or ASK price.

Going home “flat”

At the end of the trading day, day traders close all of their trade positions and go home “flat”. Day traders do not need to worry about a “long” or “short” position – because they do not have overnight positions. Without any open positions, day traders do not carry any overnight risk exposure.

US Banks Are In Trouble! Don’t let their mistakes affect your financial situation!

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US commercial banks face enormous risks at this time due to their high concentration of real estate related risk. The lessons we can learn from them are applicable to our financial future as well.

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Banks serve a tremendous purpose in this world.

They take in individual’s deposits and pool them together to lend them to businesses or individuals who need the capital for a business opportunity they have. This business opportunity could be a company that wants to expand or an individual who wants to buy a home.

The more that people save, the more money that is in the banking system and this increased money leads to more loans and more economic growth. This growth is natural and healthy because people’s savings represent capital they could use in the future for more purchases. Thus, when a business borrows more money and invests that capital to be able to manufacture more goods it is a smart decision because people already have more money saved to spend on these goods.

This becomes a healthy circular formula that is summarized as such: “higher savings” leads to “more loans to businesses” which leads to “more business investment” which leads to “great consumer choices” and of course more jobs are created along the way which further fuels the economy forward.

Well, most of us are aware that the rate of US savings was actually negative last year, meaning we spent more than we made. This is down from saving 7.5% of our salaries only 30 years ago. So we see that this current economic boom has not been built upon by people’s savings.

On the other hand, economies also grow when interest rates are set artificially low as they were set in the US. These low rates spurred the real estate bubble to new, incredible prices never before seen in the US and the world. And the amazing thing is that there is no economic justification for these high home prices outside of the herd mentality thinking that prices will keep going up.

Well, we have passed that point and are now seeing decreasing prices and increasing inventories of homes available for sale.

The problem with banks is that they get caught up in the herd mentality as well, increasing the amount of money they lend for people to buy homes. And not only that, they are doing so in a riskier and riskier fashion using adjustable rate mortgages.

Currently, US commercial banks face incredible risks because over 60% of their total earning assets are mortgage-related!!! Let me repeat that, over 60% of US commercial bank’s assets are mortgage related – a postwar record high.

As a result of the above risks faced by banks any problems happening in the real estate market would have strong negative ramifications for the US banking system. As an example, the Japanese banking system was crippled after the boom of the 1980’s when they concentrated much of their capital in real estate. Japan spent the following 14 years in an economic doldrum and is now just beginning to see the light of day.

Now that interest rates are going up, and will continue going up, people who used adjustable mortgages are feeling the pinch of increasing monthly mortgage payments. As a result, foreclosure rates are up 38% over last year and bank’s bottom lines are feeling this pinch.

Billionaire Warren Buffet recently said that he has been studying recent bank balance sheets and is very concerned about the growing number of defaults on their books.

The point is that even though banks aren’t prepared and well diversified it means that you should be even more so! How to prepare yourself is discussed in detail in the recently issued eReport entitled “Recession – How To Survive and Thrive”.