In this article, we are not going to tell you which shares to buy, as this is a decision only you can make. Instead, we are going to give you some pointers on the kinds of things to look out for when buying shares. Investing your money in a company is, after all, a big decision to make.
The first point is that you need to be clear on the type of investment you would like to make. Are you going to buy shares in a long-established, blue chip company? Or, are you going to be buying shares in an up-and-coming organisation? Or, do you in fact wish to trade CFDs, which is where you trade on the value of shares rather than actually buying shares? Look into all three options and then decide.
Next, ensure that you are fully aware of the risk that buying shares poses. Companies can be performing well and then all of a sudden take a turn for the worse. As such, it pays to do some Maths and work out how much money you could afford to lose, and to then consider whether buying shares is the most sensible thing for you to do.
After sufficient soul searching, you should move on to doing a bit of research on any companies that catch your eye. How do the companies in question make their profits? How do they operate? What are their plans for either expansion or consolidation? These questions should all be answered before you commit to buying shares. Ultimately, you need to be sure that you can trust the company to perform, that you can trust the management and that the likelihood of the market conditions favouring the company outweigh the likelihood of things going awry.
With luck, following these steps will enable you to make the best decisions when trading.
Risk warning: Spreadbetting, CFD trading and Forex are leveraged. This means they can result in losses exceeding your original deposit. Ensure you understand the risks, seek independent financial advice if necessary. The value of shares and the income from them may go down as well as up. Nothing on this website constitutes a solicitation or recommendation to enter into any security or investment.