Welcome to Shares and Stock Markets
I’m David Thomas, owner and editor of Shares and Stock Markets.
If you’d like to know more about investing in stocks and don’t know where to start, this page is for you.
Financial markets create opportunities every day for private investors to grow wealth over the long term. The way to do this is to know what you’re doing and have a plan for doing it.
At it’s core, I focus on investments that are low-risk but also have a better than average chance of a high return on investment.
It sounds simple but it’s not easy.
The difficulty lies in sticking to the plan and ignoring the mainstream media’s often sensationalist reporting of stock market mechanics and controlling your own emotions when managing investments.
These skills can be developed over time so begin with I’ve written a free email course which you can access for FREE as well as enjoy value investing articles straight into your inbox by signing up to the weekly newsletter:
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Types of Investments
I invest in mainly UK stocks, funds and alternative investments.
The methods by which I research potential investments are pretty much the same but essentially:
- When stocks become undervalued I become more invested in stocks
- When stocks are overvalued I put more money to work in funds and alternative investments
Think how the 80/20 rule works and you’ll know how I allocate capital between stocks when they are cheap (80%) or bonds/alternatives when stocks are expensive (80%) at any one time.
What Stock Market Investing Is Not
1. Stock market investing is not a get rich quick scheme
There is not a MACD, Bollinger Band, Moving Average straight out of the box magic formula with anything that I do. There is no ‘work 20 minutes in the evenings to make $500 a day’ type gimmicks around here. These are for people who think that these ‘systems’ will work for them because they are drawn in by the advertising.
Making money from financial markets takes hard work and if you’re a regular reader of the blog you’ll know how much effort goes into researching investments and then taking action.
2. Stock market investing is not easy, it takes hard work
Although I make stock market investing sound easy it is in fact not. The problem is the mainstream financial media who are there to serve shareholders by writing sensationalist attention grabbing headlines to pull in readers and subscribers. The fact is most of it is lies. Another problem is the way financial markets are manipulated by governments and central banksters for political reasons and greed. Much of the stock market turmoil in recent years can be put down to this which adds another layer of complexity, yet it is possible to navigate these choppy waters by remaining detached and completely independent from the mainstream economic view.
3. Stock market investing CAN reward you with wealth over the long term
The fact is that if you are determined enough, you can generate passive income from your investments over time. I’ve built the framework for a portfolio that will in time secure the financial future of me and my family regardless and you can too by refusing to remain within the confines of conventional financial thought and by taking action for your own benefit and those around you.
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At lot of investment newsletters promote short-term trading in risky commodity stocks rather than practical long term value investing. My objective in writing this blog is to show how successful US and UK equity investing can be achieved.
For me that means highlighting opportunities in well-run conservatively financed medium to large sized listed companies on a consistent basis when they become apparent.
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If you concentrate on those stocks, funds and alternative investments that are undervalued by comparison to their long term historical performance then you are statistically more likely to achieve success – this is what works.
A lot of investment newsletters also promote the use of leverage or trade frequently and whilst leverage can be beneficial to those who know what they are doing unfortunately there are a lot of people who do not and you need only look at the experiences of spread betting companies and specifically their clients to see this.
Also the high commission rates of constantly getting in and out of stocks can eat into your profits.
It is ultimately much safer and smarter to invest in mid to large cap equities, funds and alternative investments without borrowed money and over a long-term time frame to allow for dividends to be paid to you and to allow the value of your stocks to increase over time.
The is the strategy I and other investors pursue in The Thomas Value Report – the value investing newsletter for the enterprising investor.
Wishing you every success