Financial Tips For The New Investor

The new year is only a few days away. Get a jump start on financial success and claim what’s yours!

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  • Getting 2019 started right concentrating on three key steps.

  • Results may vary depending on your investing style.


The new year is on its way and you are ready to get serious about investing in the stock market! Now you can either jump right in and invest, or you can take necessary precautions and plan for success.

It took me some time to really get a grasp of how the stock market works and what investing style worked best for me. I look back and wish I wouldn’t have rushed the process at first, and because I did it cost me hundreds of dollars. So learn from my mistakes and check out these financial tips before you dive right in this year.

Minimize your expenses and relinquish your debt.

Be Aware Of Your Spending Habits

This is the most challenging part of all, but if you are afraid to check your personal bank account on a daily basis, don’t invest in the market. Learn to manage your personal finances, minimize your expenses and relinquish your debt. Being responsible for your spending habits is a must if you want success with your investments.

Life catches us by surprise often…

Emergency Savings

I was told by a wealthy businessman to always have at least $1,000 emergency fund on the side of your investing endeavors. And once you have started with that, build it to $2,000 (and so on). If you have a family, your emergency fund may need to be $3,000 – $10,000. But, if your main source of income stopped today, how long could you survive from your current savings?

Why?

Life catches us by surprise often, so it’s best to have a side savings fund to be prepared- sudden surprises such as car repair, house repair, etc. It’s not recommended to have all of your savings placed in the stock market. If you placed it all in a brokerage and suddenly needed the money, it could take several business days to complete the transactions (fees could be involved). You may also consider holding your securities long-term for tax purposes.

Concentrating on these two tips will help you to become a better investor in 2019. Be patient and learn from others. It’s very common for investors to have come excited, but have a strong game plan and keep your eyes open to new opportunities.

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Closing Disclaimer:

I am not a certified professional, nor responsible for any of your gains or loses. I’m simply a passionate stock investor who loves to share my experience with other women/men who want to learn general information about the market. May I encourage you to study and evaluate before you make any purchase or sale in the stock market. We are a participant in the Amazon Affiliate Services LLC program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.

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Hazardous Habits For Stock Investors

These habits could be keeping you from building wealth.

Perhaps your portfolio was going great until you noticed you have been losing more money more than keeping it. Do you find yourself selling more than you need to? here a few bad habits every investor needs to recognize and how you can avoid them if you pick them up again.

Save More, Withdraw Less

Money Here, There and Everywhere

There are a lot of stock investors in chat groups who like to boast about how much money they took out from their growing stock accounts, but why are your harvesting your crops early? Unless your investing as a hobby, save more and withdraw less. You’ll make money in the long-term if you leave your account alone.

Panic Selling

This is the most common disease to an investor, but we are human after all. It’s hard to notice when your favorite stock goes down 15% and you know the only simple thing you have to do is sell. However, have a plan. Set a “stop loss” or have a written rule as to when you need to sell. Most of the time the stock goes back up and you’ll then regret that you had sold your shares in the first place (ouch). Keep in mind that whenever you sell, you always invite the “taxman” to your party.

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Financial News

It’s important for every investor to keep up with financial news, but these articles can destroy your portfolio if you listen to their every move. Be relieved and know that you don’t have to react to the financial news, they don’t your portfolio (necessarily), you do.

Unlike going to a job work for money, investing lets your dollars go to work for you. If you find a good investment strategy, be committed and stick to it. Continue to stash money into your account and sell when its necessary.

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FitBit: How Far Can We Go?

FitBit: How long will their business last? Stock investors are watching their every move.

FIT (FitBit Inc., $5.70), headquarters in San Fransisco, CA, is a corporation that provides health and fitness devices with software services to create a health log for their user that pertains to their lifestyle.

FIT created an easy to use, a wearable fitness tracker that not only catered to the gym bodybuilder but to the office worker who wanted to track her steps to lose the high calories he at lunch. FIT has done an excellent job with their marketing and customer relatability. However there is one problem, their biggest competitors have beat them.

These competitors are Apple Inc. (Apple Watch), Garmin (Vivo Fit), Whoop (The Whoop fit tracker Used by LeBron James last season), and With things Go (activity and fit. tracker) and more.

A statement released by FIT on their last annual report,

For the remainder of 2018, we expect our gross margin to trend lower due to our product mix shift from connected health and fitness devices to smartwatches and the absence of the one-time benefit from the release of outstanding product return and rebate reserves related to Wynit…

FIT’s largest customer Wynit Distribution announced bankruptcy last year in September 2017 with bad debt expenses over $30.3 million and FIT has reported a substantial decrease in subscriptions.

According to MSN.com/money, FIT has a negative net income of -277.19 million. With penny stock investors enjoy the volatility of the stock, other see a better investment in related stocks such as APPL, GRMN, KYCCE, FTV, GRMN, and KEYS, since FIT comes in the form of a “product feature” instead of a large services provider. Though FITs presence seems to be strong in the athletic and teach department, how long with this last? Will, they merge with a large corporation or can they come up with a better head-turning product?

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Information Attainted:

SEC.gov, MSN.com/money, Bestreviews.com

Johnson & Johnson: Damaged Goods?

  • Second time this year in 2018, JNJ (Johnson&Johnson) has been targeted for it’s knowledge of asbestos in its world-famous talc baby powder.
  • Will thse issue conintue to occur? Should investors be concerned for the company’s reputation?

JNJ ( Johnson & Johnson, $133.10) stocks tumbled down 10% Friday 14th, 2018 as the company has been handling their pressures of the public knowing of asbestos in it’s baby powder. Some investors are concerned for how the issue is going to be managed and if this will effect their next earnings report. Yet, other investros aren’t concerned sicn the company is vastly know for their award-winnning products and their loyalty to their customers. However, this is not the first time JNJ has been hit with public shame for asbestos this year.

July 12th, 2018, JNJ (Johnson & Johnson, $125.89), is hot on the news for their case of being sued by 22 women for receiving cancer and /or poisoning for asbestos found in their famous talc baby powder. But should JNJ be shamed for this? Does this make JNJ a bad company?

According to mesothelioma.com, Trelomite, also known as amphibole asbestos, is created in the same nature as talc. Tremolite is often found in the same mines as talc and without special quality testing, it can contaminate the talc. However, talc can not only be used in baby powder but chewing gum, oils, makeup cosmetics, hair products, and more.

Read: Tariffs: What Are They? How Are They Affecting My Portfolio?

JNJ’s lead attorney, Bart Williams had more to say today on the issue,

Johnson & Johnson doesn’t believe it should be intimidated into removing a product that’s been out over 100 years, that has diapered hundreds of millions of babies around the world, simply because plaintiff lawyers have put a target on the back of Johnson & Johnson.We believe in the product. The product works. The product is beloved. The best scientists in America have reviewed it again and again.



Does this event make JNJ a bad company? Investors and customers still believe in the company and await its next press release.

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Information Attained:

CNBC.com, Mesothelioma.com, Factsabouttalc.com

Tariffs: What Are They? How Are They Affecting My Portfolio?

What are tariffs? How do they affect the stock market and investors?

It’s important to get a simple understanding of how tariffs are affecting the stock market and our economy. Tariffs are hurting many stock investors and it’s important to get an understanding of what they are doing.

A Tariff is a tax or duty to be paid on a particular class of imports or exports.

Simply put, a tariff is a tax on an import/export. When the money is collected they are known as duties or levies. Tariffs are usually charged as a percentage of a “transaction price”. These percentages vary from country to country. Analysis done by Greg Daco of Oxford University, discovered U.S., Japan, Europe and Canada charge a tariff percentage of 3.1% and below whereas Mexico and China reach to 4%.

Read: How Entrepreneurs Can stay Ahead Of A Slow Growing Economy.

Tariffs raise our government revenue and decrease pressure on our competitors. However, U.S. and China are two of world’s two largest economies and economists are declaring that China can stand to “hold their breath longer” in the trade-off than America.

The biggest concern lies with our fragile economy and corporate businesses. The “tax war” is effecting some of America’s most important businesses; soybeans farms, automobile manufacturers, steel and aluminum shipments, etc.

Rod Sides of Deloitte (U.S.) recently stated,

Consumers are feeling good, but if they see prices start going up, there could be a backlash. The average consumer hasn’t yet internalized what the tariffs mean to them and haven’t seen the prices rise.

Read: Bearish Behavior: How To React When Your Portfolio Is Plunging.

The tariffs can contribute to price changes of imports/exports which may contribute to the delay of corporate investments and new projects. This has investors concerned for price changes on the stock markets and America’s wealth. The tariffs don’t only effect our portfolios as investors, but this also affects the global economy. The world is watching every move President Trump makes and how he responds to China. The pressure is on.

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Information Attained:

Finance.Yahoo.com, InvestingAnswers.com, CBSNews.com

How Entrepreneurs Can Stay Ahead Of A Slow Growing Economy

It has been said that our United States economy is growing less than 2%. And along with the “tariff wars” and talk of inflation happening, things seem a little scary. However, there are a few ways you can stay ahead from the harsh economy waves.

Save More, Spend Less

It’s pretty simple to stash away a few dollars, but in the midst of vacation season it’s not easy. Find a budget that works for you and create way to tighten your budget to put save more money. Buy what you need, don’t be tempted to buy what you want or what looks nice- I promise you there will always be something “nice” waiting for you.

Tip: The next time you go shopping, don’t mind the expensive fashion labels or popular food brands. Buy what you need. These billionaires don’t seem to be bothered by popular fashion brands.

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Side Job

In my opinion, a side job is needed to stay ahead (financially) nowadays. But if you’re looking to make an extra $100 a month, find a side job that interests you. Find a hobby that you can make money from. Many entrepreneurs work a side job from their business. They will use the extra money to fund their expenses.

Example: If you enjoy watching YouTube, consider starting your own channel and monetize your page. Perhaps you enjoy crafts? Create what you like to make and sell them on Etsy.

Taxes

If you have a side business, be responsible and take advantage of the tax breaks. It may be tedious bookkeeping, but the daily habits will keep you accountable and you can take advantage of the tax breaks you deserve (please see your CPA or tax consultant for extended information and business tax benefits).

Be Bold and Be You

In this day, only the bold entrepreneurs will make it in their business. You can’t be scared or fearful of stepping outside of your comfort zone. The best way to stay ahead of all the turmoil is to mind your own business. Concentrate on you and what you can do today for your business or future.

It’s never too late to be what you might have been.

George Eliot

Is Etsy Inc. Making Progress?

ETSY (Etsy Inc.,$42.43) is an e-commerce marketplace that caters to hand-made crafts and gifts for third parties to sell from. Similar to eBay (eBay Inc., $37.56), ETSY has made substantial growth the past few weeks and with a new management team, they are planning to make changes within the company.

Though some long-term investors are not amused by their history of high SGA costs, other investors see a bullish outlook on future gains. ETSY is reaching its 52 weeks high at $44.71.

(Chart screenshot from NASDAQ)

On June 14th, 2017, ETSY added to the revenue by raising their seller transaction fees from 3.5% to 5%. Shareholders are anticipating higher cash flow and more business from this decision. ETSY has also turned heads their way from opening their business to European markets- DaWanda, a company based in Germany. DaWanda is closing their business and passing their current customers to ETSY.

Investors compare ETSY to other, larger corporations such as eBay and Amazon Handmade (AMZN, $1,717.14 ), stock analysts are currently claiming ETSY as a buy.

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Information Attained: Etsy.com, MSN.com/Money, Yahoo!Finance, StockTwits.com,

Why You Need To Keep Reading SEC Filings

SEC stands for Security Exchange Commission, it’s a place where most businesses submit company reports; 10-Ks, 8-Ks, S-1 forums, and etc. It’s often you will find companies praising about the revenue they made in their recent quarter or profits gained from a particular project, but it’s crucial to know the companies overall progress on their balance sheet.

Is the company showing consistency? Are they keeping profits high and production costs low? Are they truthful about their paid taxes? You can find all of this information on the SEC.gov.

Though earnings calls have their own matter of importance, viewing reports on the SEC will give you accurate information you can copy and save for later. You may also find additional background information on the CEO of the company (criminal record or education) on the Schedule 13D forum. Catch up and read our recent post about Investing Secrets here.

 

Investors also visit SEC.gov to view S-1 forums for additional information on IPOs. Don’t invest based on what your friends told you, visit the main source and find out for yourself. Though companies hold their own annual/quarterly statements, these reports can be very “colorful” and have a picture perfect outlook on in future they are expecting. It’s important to read the SEC filings because it will keep you knowledgeable about your investments and the long-term potential the company holds.

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Information Obtained: Investopedia.com, SEC.gov, Fool.com

Snapshots

What about ARLP (Alliance Resource Partners LP)?

ARLP (Alliance Resource Partners LP, $18.00) is amongst the nations leading coal mining corporations in America. If your into the coal/ Basic Materials sector, you may want to look into ARLP.

Investors and analysts have notice their increase in volume.

Due to the recent Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, coal workers have received a substantial tax relief and ARLP plans to reopen a min in Gibson County, Indiana previously closed in late 2014, employed 417 miners.

Though their cashflow fell in 2017 to 20.96%, their GPM (gross profit margin) has remained steady ranging from 40% to 36% (since 2014).

(Screenshot from MSN.com/money)

While many investors compare ARLP to other corporations such as CSUAY (China Shenhua Energy LTD, $10.30) or CLNDY (Coal India LTD), the recent demand for coal overseas will provide more customers and higher revenue. American coal corporations see this as an opportunity to stop the “yearlong drop” in their production. Though investors are wary of their dramatic price drop in (2015, $50.21), analysts see ARLP as a buy and investors are looking to buy closer to their 52-week low at $15.55.

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Information Obtained: WSJ.com, EIA.gov, and Marketwatch.com