Stock Investments

If you have extra cash on hand, one of the easiest way to generate passive income is investing your money. There are many investment options to choose from, but one of the preferred option is investing in stocks. Depending on your risk tolerance level, you may invest in low-risk dividend paying stocks, value stocks or even invest in high-growth high-risk stocks. Inflation averaged over 3.05% yearly since 1926, and keeping your money in Bank savings account would have earned you less than the inflation. Stocks have returned average of 11.35% per year during the same period, while bonds returned 5.12%, and T-bill averaged 3.79%. There are risks associated with stock investment, so you must do your homework before deciding on your investment strategy.

Disclaimer: I am not a fund manager nor financial adviser, and I do not have expertise in stock investments. The information contained in this website is a collection of stock tips and trading strategies captured from investment journals and stock investment experts. My stock investment strategy is based more on the technical trend of market and individual stocks, than fundamental analysis of individual stocks. If you choose to follow these rules and tips, it is your choice and on your own risk.

Stock Tips

  1. Don't buy into new highs on weak volume - Investors should watch out for stocks that are wedging higher on weak volume, which suggest that demand isn't quiet there to sustain it's gain. Hitting new high on weak volume creates a divergence especially if low volume continues for more than a few days.
  2. Use moving averages to find entry and exit points - Moving average is an indicator used to determine healthy of a stock. Sell when 50-day moving average crosses under 200-day moving average, and buy when 50-day moving average crosses over 200-day average. The percentage of stocks above their 50-day moving average helps determine bullish or bearish market. Even great stocks undergo periodic corrections, and grabbing a few shared of quality stocks during handle phase is a good choice.
  3. Look for Cup-with-Handle Pattern - The cup with handle pattern often precedes huge advances among high quality stocks. The handle should form in the upper haldf of the cup, and volumn should dry up as selling pressure abates. Buy when stock rises 1/8th of a point above the high of the handle on a strong volume preferrably 50% or more above average daily trading volume.
  4. cup with handle pattern

    Image source from IBD newspaper
  5. Dollar-Cost Averaging eases downside risk in volatile market - Dollar cost averaging is a recommended investment strategy for buying into company stocks. Lower risk generally means lower returns, but this is the strategy you can used to set aside preset amount of money during each pay period.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Q: How is the Dow Jones industrial average calculated?
    A: The Dow is essentially the average price of its 30 component stocks if they had never been split, issued dividends, or undergone major changes such as spin-offs or mergers during the time they were listed in the index. To get from current stock price levels to the larger index number, a number called the "divisor" is used. To calculate the DJIA, the current prices of the 30 stocks that make up the index are added and then divided by the Dow divisor, which is constantly modified.


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