Generally you do research on a topic on which you wish to possess extensive knowledge. Research in any field is done to acquire name, fame and the resultant monetary gains. As for the shares, the purpose of research is to do the profitable trades. When you know the basics of the market, develop confidence, you feel that the share trade has come to stay as part of your business activity, if not the sole activity, you feel that you must be versatile in the dynamics of the trade. Through the mass of many thousands of shares, you are required to select the few that will form part of your portfolio. This is a tough and voluminous job and the research tools will help to felicitate your work. The internet revolution has quickened the pace for collecting and arranging the data, as per the needs of the researcher. Ready software programs are available in the market, and they can be modified as per the requirements of the buyer. Computer is your indispensable and permanent research tool that helps you track the investments, update the portfolio and provide analysis and interpret the results of the trades.
Selecting the programs is part of the research. The internet revolution while adding to the comforts of the researcher/investor has created problems as well. The illicit programs can cause damage to the system painstakingly perfected by you. It is desirable to go for the reliable programs like CNET.com and ZDNet. They do proper check of the ratings and if you are convinced that they are good, it is wise to go ahead and download. The other packages are Quicken and Microsoft Money. These programs allow you to track your portfolio and give authentic financial information. They also give tips about investing and assist in duty of statutory obligation of tax preparation.
To make use of research tools that will help you understand the stock market and your personal investments, take time to see what programs work best for you. As noted, stock market research can be done with or without software programs. It all depends on how involved you want to get, and what it is you are looking for.
The research tool that which commands popularity amongst the researchers and brokers is the NASDAQ Dozen-the twelve easy steps to analyze a stock: The steps are,”50-Day Average Volume, Short-Term Price Movement, Long-Term Price Movement, Revenue, Earnings per Share (EPS), Net Income, Analyst Recommendations, 12-Month Price Target, Positive Earnings Surprises, Earnings Forecast, Industry Earnings and Industry Price-Earnings.”
The 12 factors are not part of the rocket science. You are not assured of success in the share trades by following these principles. But it is a worthy, scientific process that relates to the important technical and fundamental aspects of any stock. No investor’s decisions are perfect; so also no stock is perfect. Analyzing means you scrutinize the good and weak points of a stock. If the good qualities outweigh the weak points, the share is worth buying.
Here is another great research tool of the era. Trade and manage the portfolio through online. As you begin to operate through online, you will come to know about the latest financial tools and the processes of acquiring more and more knowledge to do trade. You gain confidence and perfection. Research will become the inseparable part of your trades in the exchange.
The other research tools that help in the stock market are articles on investments on the subject of diversification, planning, choosing a suitable broker, developing a portfolio, selecting the latest hot tips as per he prevailing market conditions, the unbiased advice from reliable sources, etc.
An investor in shares needs to check over-enthusiasm, and put money aside for contingencies. An emergency fund of about six month’s living expenses is desirable. You should not create a situation to sell your share abruptly, when the market is showing the upward trend.