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Anonymous asked in Business & FinanceInvesting · 1 decade ago

Buying stocks...Need help?

I am 16 years old and my dad is going to be buy me some stocks.

What are the best ones to invest at the moment?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    You are so lucky to have a very supportive dad!

    Learn about the market and how to analyze stocks. Maybe buy the Book Investing for Dummies by Eric Tyson.

    You also need to be 18 years old to open a brokerage account.

    But for now, do study. And work with your dad. If he's knowledgeable, ask him! if he is not, then you should have him start reading investing books too! :)

    Ideally, what you do is this. Look at what you know. Do you like McDonalds? Then look into McDonald's stock (MCD). If you like games, consider Gamestop (GME), a very good investment and we are in the middle of a gaming bull market:

    (more analysis on gaming stocks):

    http://techfarm.blogspot.com/2007/07/computer-and-...

    )

    Then, in conjunction with your dad, study the stock. Look at the numbers, look at the Price to Earnings multiple, read the reports. Study the stock. Then once you decide, buy your first stock. You get to see how the price goes up, or price goes down. When you buy a product from a company, you see how it can affect a company's price. You learn more about the market this way.

    Also, watch "Mad Money" on CNBC hosted by former Hedge Fund manager Jim Cramer. The show can be a bit crazy, and lots of people in Generation Y like the show:

    http://techfarm.blogspot.com/2007/07/jim-cramer-an...

    But he had a very good record as a hedge fund manager, and maybe he can help further inspire you.

    Good luck!

    Source(s): my own experience plus inspiration from: http://www.thestreet.com/funds/madmoneywrap/103626...
  • 1 decade ago

    This is a big question and the most important answer is to DO YOUR HOMEWORK! Do not invest in stocks just because someone tells you to. There are a lot of great stocks out there and it's important to know why they are good and how long they will remain a growing resource for you. One of my favorite websites is http://www.3stocksonfire.com/index.php?ref=8906mc where they have intelligent discussions and analyse each stock they pick. The premium part is the best because you get to see what happens when they put their money where their mouth is. They actually purchase stocks, tell you which ones and why. Motley Fool is another great site. Investopedia is really educational as is the American Individual Investors. You can yahoo search these. Good luck!

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Investing in "individual" stocks takes a lot of knowledge and practice; so I would not suggest doing this until you understand completely how the stock markets work.

    Instead visit Vanguard.com and learn about mutual funds, index funds, and exchange-traded-funds (ETFs). Trading funds is less risky than trying to trade "individual" stocks.

    Unless you plan on spending everyday of your life looking at stock charts trying to determine the best time to get in and out of "individual" stocks, I would look into some sort of fund.

    Also be very careful about asking for stock tips online. Most are probably worthless or contain unethical motives. Do not fall for any Pump-and-Dump scams.

    As far as books go, I actually started out with the Investing for Dummies books, and they definitely pushed me in the right direction. To many other books have their own agendas in my opinion.

    The websites below all contain plenty of FREE information to get you started in the right direction.

  • 1 decade ago

    A lot of people think oil is going to $80 a barrel, and I'm starting to think that might happen. If so, take your pick in the oil services sector- Occidental Petroleum, Haliburton, or Schlumberger would be good.

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  • BigBen
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    1 decade ago

    I can't recommend any stock here but i'll share my tips on stock investment.

    Pick good stock.

    To pick one with stellar performance is not as difficult as you might think. Earnings per share growth rate (EPSGR) and return on equity (ROE) are two important key financial ratios that you can't afford to miss. Both used to determine how much it had grown and how effective it uses shareholders money.

    Moreover, try to compare its profit margin and debt to equity ratio (D/E) with other stocks within the same industry. this can give us some picture of how it performs with respect to its peers.

    Calculate intrinsic value.

    There are so many ways to calculate intrinsic value available in the market, but try to use the most practical method. I myself comfortable with net present value (NPV) method which is not so complicated, practical and easy to use. Try this: http://www.stock-investment-made-easy.com/calculat...

    Margin of safety.

    Before you buy the stock, try to reduce your investment risk by investing in the margin of safety. This can be done by discounting your future value to current value with certain 'expected return', or you invest with respect to 52-weeks historical data. If you are serious enough, you might be interested to apply 'sensibility study' in your analysis by varying certain value with the others remain constant (e.g. if EPSGR reduce from 15% to 10%, if ROE is 5% than 15% etc)

    Lastly, if you are not sure, try long-term investment first and avoid cyclical stock. once you grow expert, you can consider trading stock as well as the cyclical stock; as both stock investing and stock trading are totally different game.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    If you are just getting started in investing, you might want to create a "practice" portfolio at http://www.top10traders.com/ - it's free - each month the site ranks the best-performing investors.

  • 1 decade ago

    Watch Mad Money on CNBC for about 3 months, then start investing. Tons of useful information for beginners.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Good stocks come and go. For a current list, check:

    http://www.tradingzoom.com/top10zoomerportfolio

  • 4 years ago

    China Kongfu movie dvds are great to pick up

  • 1 decade ago

    I would suggest going to: http://www.betterinvesting.org/

    There you can learn about investing...It is a nonprofit educational group that teaches investing.

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