Barron’s Magazine Review – Helping You with Investments

If you work in the financial or investment sectors then you are probably already aware of the Barron’s magazine.  It is a weekly journal that includes two sections which I will go on to describe below.  This Barron’s Magazine Review is intended to be completely independent – I have been subscribed to this magazine for six months now so think I am in a good position to give an un-biased overview of what you can expect should you decide to subscribe to Barron’s Magazine.

Barron’s Magazine Review – What’s Included?

The first section of Barron’s includes useful editorial and content such as the latest news, financial stories, guest interviews, and business of trading analysis.  There are articles included from a very wide selection of subject matter.  For example, want to know about stocks, bonds, and the global economy?  Then section one will definitely interest you.  There is also content related to all the global markets, commodities, and share options.

What I have found most useful though in the first section is the columns related to stocks. These are accompanied by fund manager interviews with special detailed analysis and articles relating to specific featured industries and companies.

Moving on to section two (which is a pull-out insert inside the middle of the magazine) which is more focused on niche areas – for example commodities and stock options.  Personally I do not think that these are covered as comprehensively as they could be as the stock tables that are listed can be seen listed in real-time on the web (or even on Barrons.com).  However, I do like the fact that some of the less popular economic indicators are listed, which is sometimes hard to find online.

The Benefits to a Barron’s Magazine Subscription

Barron’s Magazine lists stock that could work for you – but as with any stock advice it makes no sense for you to simply rush out and buy it just because you have seen it recommended in Barron’s.  This is an investment publication that is intended to offer you insight on research and you should consider it simply as a guide for inspiration.

A Barron’s Magazine subscription should be your help in educating you on the issues that related to the different companies and industries that you are thinking about investing in rather than be viewed as the be all and end all of financial stock trading advice.  That’s how I use Barron’s… if I see something in there that looks promising then I will get online and start doing my own additional research so that any decisions I make are fully investigated, ratified, and I understand the inherent purchase risks.

Your job as a financial investor is to take the information that you see in the Barron’s Magazine and then take their analysis and combine it with all the other detail and information that you can find in order to make the best decisions for you and your portfolio.

Barron’s Magazine Review – Conclusion

So to conclude, I would recommend Barron’s Magazine to any person, whether professional or a bedroom trader to subscribe to the magazine.  There is plenty of information inside to help inform and keep you abreast on current developments.  You should view it as another weapon in your financial analysis arsenal – as the picks and stock recommendations in there are typically very good.  However, it’s your money that you are playing with so don’t just take the advice for granted… act with your own set of due diligence methods.  If you do this then you should find that the Barron’s Magazine is a very useful asset for years to come when it comes to trading in stocks and shares.

Author Credit:

James Ashby regular writes guest columns for some of the leading financial websites plus some of the many different Wall Street print-based publications.  If you want to know more about the Barron’s offering then please read James’ full post on this subject on the Wall Street Subscriptions’ website.  You can read the full review on this Barron’s Magazine Review page.

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4 Good Reasons To Look At Forex As An Investment

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These days there are many investors wondering if they should trade the Forex market or not. Many of them believe that Forex is only for large financial institutions, but this is not the case. While there are certainly plenty of big financial companies in the market, there are plenty of small investors in this market also. In reality the Forex market gives equal opportunity to small and large investors.

There are a number of reasons why you should consider putting money in foreign currency. Here are 4 of the best:

Liquidity

The Forex market is very liquid. To give you an idea of the size of the market, an average of $3,200,000,000,000 changes hands around the globe every day in the currency market. Whereas with the stock market you might have trouble getting rid of your investments, this will not be an issue with currency. In other words, there is less chance of getting stuck with an investment as it plummets.

Cheaper

The liquidity also gives you the chance of tighter bid/ask spreads. This means you will minimize the expenses of investing. The majority of broker platforms do not make you pay an individual cost for every transaction, because they earn their money by the spread from the quote for the various currencies.

Save Time

There are lots of Forex trading robots that will actually make your investing decision for you. If you use them then you can earn passive income, because you never have to touch them. Just keep in mind that you should not trust these robots for 100% of your Forex investments. If you have the time, it would definitely be advisable to invest yourself, because a human investor is always more profitable.

More leverage

As opposed to many other financial markets, the Forex market gives you huge amounts of leverage when investing. An investor with just $200-300 can often invest $10,000s of money in the market. But while lots of leverage can make you a huge amount of money, you can also lose a lot as well. So be cautious when using leverage.

Conclusion

Forex trading can be very profitable when used correctly. Investors globally are turing to it as an investment vechicle with stock markets becoming more and more uncertain. Above are 4 reasons which might make you consider putting your money into foreign currency. Just make sure to start slowly and learn as you go, and you will increase your odds of success.

Author Pete Southern is an active trader of forex and stock markets. Pete submits market reports to many online publications like www.forexrate.co.uk and is avid follower of the economy.

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Strategies For Investment In Oil Futures

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Movements in oil prices are very volatile. This will not change in the near future either as political and economic worries continue across the globe. Factors such as pipeline or supply disruption, conflict and war are just a few of the reasons why prices can fluctuate widely. If you are trading oil futures it is essential to take steps to protect your investments.

Hedging Your Profit

If the price of oil is fluctuating rapidly it means there is more risk in the market. To account for the added risk traders need to adjust their investment strategy accordingly. Many traders of oil futures look to hedge their positions in the event of volatility. By staying flat on their position and locking in profits allows them to ride through uncertainty and trade out of the position when a stable trend resumes.

Following the Trend

Anticipation of futures prices all depends on direction of the trend. Using a trend following strategy is not always easy in oil trading because of its wild swings however it is proven that when a direction is clear trend following is a very profitable way to trade. Many futures traders look for seasonal effects on prices of oil. Colder times mean higher demand and higher prices, warm means the opposite. There are many other regular patterns which can be forecast over the longer term for those who adapt to this style.

Day Trading Oil

If a trader is looking for shorter term investments in oil futures then they will encounter a very volatile environment. Huge intraday spikes can occur on inventory data being released. Any trader adopting this strategy needs to be aware of the risk that the market can swing against them fast. Protective stops and limit orders are essential to get out of a trade with profit or minimal loss.

Short term traders also need to have charting software. Plotting the oil futures price onto a chart can show them previous levels of support or resistance where the price has turned. Often the price will stall at these areas before deciding its next move which throws up opportunity to hop on board and profit from a ride in a different direction.

As with any investments traders must stay ahead of the news. Keeping up to date with political matters and economic data is essential to having a view on direction. It’s been seen time and time again that news drives prices, often wildly, in the direction of the trend. Don’t fight sentiment, go with the direction and trade the news.

To help keep ahead of the trend www.futuresforecasts.com offers daily directional forecast charts. The site is free and can be a useful guide to the futures market.

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