Article Six Dangerous Moves for First Time Investors

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Thanks to online discount brokerages, anyone with an Internet connection and a bank account can be up and trading stocks within a week. This ease of access is great because it encourages more people to explore investing for themselves, rather than depending solely on mutual funds or money managers. However, there are some common mistakes that first time investors have to be aware of before they try picking stocks like Buffett or shorting like Soros.
1) Jumping in Head First The basics of investing are quite simple in theory – buy low and sell high. In practice, however, you have to know what “low” and “high” really mean. What is “high” to the seller is considered “low” (enough) to the buyer in any transaction, so you can see how different conclusions can be drawn from the same information. Because of the relative nature of the market, it is important to study up a bit before jumping in. At the very least, know the basic metrics such as book value, dividend yield...
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