Friday, April 8, 2011

How To Know When To Sell Your Stocks

By Joseph Friedrich

While rather a lot of time and research goes into choosing stocks, it is frequently tough to know when to tug out particularly for first time speculators. The very good news is that if you have selected your stocks rigorously, you will not need to drag out for a long time , for example when you're prepared to step down. But there are specific examples when you'll need to sell your stocks before you have reached your monetary goals.

You may well think the time to sell is when the stock value is about to drop and you could be recommended by your broker to do that. But this is not always the correct course of action.

Stocks go up and down all the time, depending on the economy...and of course the economy depends on the stock market as well. This is why it is so hard to determine whether you should sell your stock or not. Stocks go down, but they also tend to go back up.

You have to do more research, and you have to keep up with the stability of the companies that you invest in. Changes in corporations have a profound impact on the value of the stock. For instance, a new CEO can affect the value of stock. A plummet in the industry can affect a stock. Many things - all combined - affect the value of stock. But there are really only three good reasons to sell a stock.

The first reason is having reached your financial goals. Once you've reached retirement, you may wish to sell your stocks and put your money in safer financial vehicles, such as a savings account.

This is a common practice for those who have invested for the purpose of financing their retirement. The second reason to sell a stock is if there are major changes in the business you are investing in that cause, or will cause, the value of the stock to drop, with little or no possibility of the value rising again. Ideally, you would sell your stock in this situation before the value starts to drop.

If the value of the stock spikes, this is the third reason you may want to sell. If your stock is valued at $100 per share today, but drastically rises to $200 per share next week, it is a great time to sell - especially if the outlook is that the value will drop back down to $100 per share soon. You would sell when the stock was worth $200 per share.

As a beginner, you definitely need to check with a broker or a financial adviser before purchasing or selling stocks. They'll work with you to help make the correct choices to reach your fiscal goals.

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