title:Choosing the Right Investments for You author:John Mussi source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/business_and_finance/article_4170.shtml date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:07 category:business_and_finance article:

With all of the investment opportunities out there today, it might seem difficult to decide which one is the right one for you. When it really comes down to it, though, having such a large variety of options is more of a benefit than a hindrance? it allows you to customize your investment portfolio to your individual tastes much more than you would be able to with only a few choices.
Unfortunately, it can sometimes be quite hard to figure out if an investment is right for you until it’s too late? the stock might go through a drastic increase or decline in price, or you might only have a limited time to invest in a certain company’s stock before a merger or split.
To help you take advantage of the investment opportunities that present themselves to you, here are a few useful tips that might help you to decide whether or not an investment is the right one for you.
Price
Obviously, the price that a stock or bond is currently selling for can make a big difference on whether or not the investment opportunity is right for you. If you’re trying to invest on a limited income or you simply don’t have the money to spare for large investments, you might want to reconsider certain high-priced stocks unless you’re fairly certain that they’ll show you a good return. Even then, you might want to consider buying partial shares over time instead of several shares now.
History
The history of a particular stock or bond can tell you a lot. If the price for the particular stock has always been quite low and suddenly rises over time, there’s a good chance that it will drop again before too long and if you invest when it’s high you might lose money on the deal. On the other hand, if a certain stock has been climbing steadily or has taken a slight dip from its usual prices (without any company news causing the drop) then you might have a good chance at making money in the long run.
Time
Some investment opportunities have a time limit attached to them? perhaps a company is selling shares for a brief period of time in order to find investors for a new branch, or a company is preparing to merge with another or split from another. You should use caution before deciding to invest in one of these opportunities, and investigate the stock prices for the companies involved. If they’ve performed well in the past, there’s a good change that you’ll be able to come out on top in the deal. If, however, the company has had problems (especially recently), you might be better off to let this one pass you by.
Recommendations
Where you hear about the investment opportunity can have a large bearing on how good the opportunity actually is. Advice from market professionals can usually be trusted to be good, but you should never act on a stock tip that you receive as part of a junk e-mail or an unsolicited advertisement. You should also take extreme care if you happen to work for the company that you’ve heard the tip about? depending upon what you buy and when, you might have problems with insider trading meaning that you had access to information that the general public didn’t.
Other Circumstances
Of course, there are other circumstances that might arise that aren’t mentioned here. If this happens, then seek the advice of someone that you trust or simply follow your own instincts.


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