10 questions to ask before buying a stock

Before you buy shares in a company, make sure you can answer these questions.

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Jun 1, 2014 8:53PM
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Question #1:  which stock did my dart hit when I threw it blindfolded over my shoulder?
You think a common guy is on a level playing field with all the insiders and corrupt brokers?
Really?

May 24, 2014 1:26PM
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Great for the well educated (in business, finance and economics), who are able to read and understand, balance sheets, income statements and etc.. 


Why not do what the big hedge funds do with their fancy programs and algorithms; follow the charts? All this information, plus the larger background economic activity, is already figured into the stock's price and volume characteristics.

Jun 1, 2014 8:11PM
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Question #1 - Is it a stock that MSN has promoted in their weekly "stocks to buy" campaign? If so don't waste your money.

Questions #2-10 - see above answer, and lastly, go with your gut feeling. good luck my friends.

Jul 28, 2014 2:32PM
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There are experts that follow most stocks and post opinions in many formats.  Read what other people think.  Most of these opinions are relatively unbiased, but read as many as possible.  The Street is pretty good, so is Seeking Alpha.  Check the average ratings and ratings history on Zacks.  Don't pretend you can go it alone, but don't ever buy anything you do not understand.

Jun 1, 2014 9:40PM
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Question Eleven, Just where the hell would I get money to invest?
Jun 2, 2014 1:04AM
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This would be about people capable of buying stocks
May 26, 2014 4:30AM
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You don't have to be well-educated to read balance sheets and financial statements, you can spend the time to read Lita Epstein's "Reading Financial Reports for Dummies," plus at least one book on investing like Mary Buffett's "Buffettology."

It's amazing that this list begins with: "No. 1: What does the company do? Go ahead and laugh."
No wonder so many do poorly in the market.

If Greg..M..-in his comment- thinks hedge funds rely on computer programs alone, don't look at the financials, don't call individual stores to check on weekend receipts, etc. etc. he's mistaken.

Aug 10, 2014 9:31PM
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no one can buy at bargain price they are always way ahead by a mile of themselves.
Jun 1, 2014 8:53PM
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I'm reading a book right now 'The physics of Wall Street' (do not have it at hand to tell you who the author is)...but if before, I saw myself as a total zero on the subject....now I know....I'll never will invest money.
Jun 2, 2014 12:29AM
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Well the bad news is I can't run through Sonic and get some coffee on the way to the hunting lease anymore.......... The good news is all the scum ****ers that can't even own guns legally will not be taking their guns to Sonic either........... LMFAO
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