Before you start investing in stock trading, you must be clear about your objectives for entering into this business area. There are two ways to look at this issue.
The first is that you need money to meet your daily necessities. The second is that you can spare money to invest for your future.
If you were a beginner in stock trading, it would be risky to depend upon stock trading for income to meet your day-to-day needs. For this you may have to become a day trader. Day trading is a full time vocation and like any other vocation, you need to have a thorough understanding and hand- on- experiences of the ins and outs of day trading.
You have to be well versed with the stock trading terminology and its meanings and implications. For example, you need to be clear about such concepts as support or resistance levels, going short or long, stop loss orders and much more. Mere theoretical understanding of these operational terms may not be enough. You have to work them out in practical trading situations. Stock exchange rates They should be part of your active stock trading vocabulary and understanding. These are some of the tools of day trading in stocks and you must be an expert in using them instantly whenever and wherever they are needed.
You have to sit glued to your monitor right from the moment the stock exchange opens up for the day in the morning and continue sitting till the working time is over in the evening.
You have to keep watching the fluctuations in the price of your stock from moment to moment and immediately decide when to buy or sell a stock. You have to make your decisions in a flash and act fast. If you keep thinking whether or not to hit the buttons to place the orders, the price situation may undergo a sea change to your detriment. It also happens quite often that in between the time you decide to place your order and the moment you press the button on your monitor screen for its execution, the price may change for better or worse.
Besides watching the computer terminal all the time to view the rise and fall of the prices of the stocks, you have to keep your eyes and ears glued to the fast flowing information about the financial situations of the companies whose stocks you are trading or intend to trade.
Companies often take financial decisions, which have a deep bearing upon the prices of their shares. The quarterly reports, merger plans, board meetings, sales orders, government’s financial policies, the political situation in the county, interest rates, taxation decisions, and numerous other factors and variables determine the prices of the stocks. You have to be always in a state of high alert. This kind of situation may cause mental tension at least to the beginners, which may in turn affect their performance and decisions.
If you are a beginner, the best course is to take to stock trading gradually in short, simple and comparatively risk free investment steps. Do not invest large amounts of money in stock trading even if you can afford to. Your stock broker may have plans to facilitate your initiation in the stock trading in a pleasant manner.