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July 4th, 2011

Equity Investment Tips

If you are thinking about getting into equity investing, but you’re not quite sure how to go about it, here are a few tips.

Since equity is not a short term investment, you should only use money that is ‘extra’. Keeping invested in a company for at least five years is a good policy and, if you can be patient, ten would be even better. Short term, you may even lose money on your investment, but long term, you have a very good chance of making a profit, or at very least coming out even.

When choosing an investment, the main thing that you should look for is how the company manages their existing resources. Looking at a company’s management efficiency is one of the only ways that you can determine whether or not the investment will make you money in the long run. The equation used to determine the return on equity, or ROE, is the sum that you get when you divide the company’s income by its book value or equity.

Looking at the ROE of a company is a good way to determine whether it is a good investment or not. But you should keep in mind that the ROE may not be 100% accurate all the time. Some companies manipulate their earnings to make it look like they are making more than they actually are. And high tech companies may have intangible assets that are not recorded on the books, but which raise the market value of the company.

One of the best ways to go about investing in equity is through a mutual fund or exchange traded fund. These platforms make it easier for you to diversify your investments, and reduce the risk of big losses. They can also help reduce your investment costs.

Investing in equity gives you stake in whatever company you choose to invest in, so choose wisely. Avoid making emotional decisions that would bias you towards or against certain companies. For instance, don’t invest in an obviously failing clock making company just because you like clocks. And, don’t discriminate and avoid investing in a successful honey producer, just because you hate bees. Silly examples; yes, but you get the point. Be smart, and try to think into the future as much as possible.

To be a successful investor, you need to be able to diversify your investment portfolio. This means that you should invest in companies and markets that are not closely interrelated. This can be difficult, because most markets are interrelated in some way. But, by investing in a wide range of markets, you reduce the risk of loss if one the markets starts failing. If you have all your assets tied up in one area, then if that company or market starts doing poorly, your total investment will be at risk.

Knowledge is power, especially when it comes to investing. The more you know about the different markets and companies you are invested in, the more capable you will be of making sound financial decisions that will ensure your future prosperity. So, do your research, and find out as much as you possibly can before making a final decision.