Maximizing Your Economic Impact Payments
The US government response to COVID-19 includes issuing economic impact payments to help its residents weather the financial storm caused by the temporary shutdown needed to prohibit the spread of the virus. This blog from Schaeffer’s Investment Research Review examines ways to get ahead financially using the EIPs the US government recently issued. You can pay down credit cards or a loan with the check to save on outgoing interest payments, or invest it in one of the AAAS top stocks priced at $10 or less.
The First EIP
Some individuals who qualify for the EIP have yet to apply for it. Typically, those individuals did not file income taxes in 2019. This means the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has no data on their income to determine if they qualify. These individuals need to complete a short form on the IRS website to determine eligibility. The first EIP of $1,200 transmits to them via direct deposit, debit card, or paper check if they qualify.
The Second EIP
In late December 2020, Congress approved a second EIP that the IRS began mailing and transferring the first week of January. The second payment equals $600. An individual’s qualification for it hinges upon their last income tax return as well.
Using the Money Wisely
Of course, your use of the money depends upon your situation. If you have bills piled up from being out of work, you need to use the money to pay those. If you kept working during the pandemic though and have your bills paid, use the money to get ahead financially.
- Credit card bills and loans: If you have outstanding loans of any type, put the money toward paying them off. You could save big on interest payments by making a lump sum payment. This also helps your credit score.
- Savings: If you do not yet have at least $1,000 in savings, put the money in a high yield savings account to create an emergency fund.
- Investments: If you have your loans paid off and you already created an emergency fund, you should put the $600 to $1,200 into your investments fund.
While the country’s unemployment rate did rise to nearly 14 percent at the end of the first quarter of 2020, a dearth of remote work positions has reduced it, although it has yet to fall to the three percent rate it held pre-pandemic, explains Schaeffer’s Investment Research Review. That means most people do still work so, for many this provides an opportunity to get ahead
Schaeffer’s Investment Research Review experts discuss 10 mistakes to avoid when trading options.
Mistakes are inevitable when navigating the stock market. However, understanding mistakes that can potentially occur can help you prevent them and experience more success when trading. The experts at Schaeffer’s Investment Research Review recently discussed 10 mistakes to avoid when trading options.
The first potential mistake outlined by Schaeffer’s Investment Research Review is the misallocation of capital. They explained that the money you commit to trading options should be less than what you commit to trading with stocks. This is because, while there is a chance to see 100%, 200%, 300%, or more in gains when trading options, there is also a possibility you could lose all that you’ve invested.
Schaeffer’s Investment Research Review traders added that a high win-rate does not always mean profit. They explained that those with high win-rates when trading options tend to achieve profits quickly and hold onto losing trades, which can result in disaster. Another mistake they emphasized should be avoided is not diversifying your options trading portfolio. Diversifying strategies helps combat unknowns in varying market environments.
The experts at Schaeffer’s Investment Research Review explain that many mistakes result from a lack of discipline. This can be in the form of taking short cuts and ignoring common guidelines. Successful options traders have an average win that is higher than the average loss, and they know when to cut losses. Schaeffer’s Investment Research Review experts added that options traders should always be open to signals or clues that point you in a certain direction. Ignoring such signals will give others a competitive edge.
The Schaeffer’s Investment Research Review team stated that traders who want action all the time will be less likely to succeed when trading options. Options traders must assess risks and reduce them as much as possible through following certain guidelines and practicing patience. Another major mistake outlined by Schaeffer’s Investment Research Review is buying the cheapest options without fully understanding the factors that determine an options price. The extremely cheap options are the most likely to be worthless at the time of expiration.
Poor options selection is a common mistake when trading options. It’s important to take into account your risk tolerance as well as the expiration you select. Timing is everything when trading options, which leads to another mistake outlined by Schaeffer’s Investment Research Review. The experts stated that focusing on singular time frames is a common mistake made by options traders who are new to the game. Don’t get fixed solely on daily or monthly charts.
Finally, the team at Schaeffer’s Investment Research Review suggested being aware of the difference between the ask price and the bid price. They warned against trading illiquid options with wider spreads, which can lead to slippage over time.
Trading options can be extremely rewarding, but like all investments, it comes with risk. Avoid the mistakes outlined by Schaeffer’s Investment Research Review, and you could be on the path to doubling, tripling, or even quadrupling your investments.
Schaeffer’s Investment Research experts recently offered swing trading tips for beginners.
The coronavirus pandemic has brought a rise in day trading enthusiasts. Citizens across the country are spending more time at home and many are not working as much as they were pre-pandemic. The experts at Schaeffer’s Investment Research stated that options trading can be a lucrative and fun game. However, it can also be a dangerous one, so they provided several tips to help options trading beginners start on the right track.
“One of the most important things to keep in mind is that options trading isn’t an easy way to make money,” Schaeffer’s Investment Research experts emphasized. “It takes a lot of research and time to make a real profit.”
Schaeffer’s Investment Research experts explained so many people have entered options trading, because they’re seeing their friends post profits on Facebook, Instagram, and other social media platforms. However, those profits can be deceiving and the people making them may be spending a lot more time researching than they suggest. Schaeffer’s Investment Research experts explained that knowledge is power when it comes to options trading, so it’s essential to keep up with stock market events and news.
“Be sure to set yourself a portfolio trading limit before you begin,” Schaeffer’s Investment Research experts added. “Assess the amount of capital you’re willing to risk overall as well as on each individual trade.”
Schaeffer’s Investment Research experts explained it can be easy to pour a lot of capital into options trading. It’s most important to put a specific amount of capital in your account and choose a percentage you’re willing to risk on each trade. Many successful traders only risk about 1 percent of their available capital per trade. Schaeffer’s Investment Research suggest also setting aside any surplus funds you’re willing to trade at a higher risk percentage.
“We always suggest avoiding crazy deals like penny stocks,” Schaeffer’s Investment Research experts added. “You may be looking for a great price, but these stocks rarely produce solid profits.”
Schaeffer’s Investment Research experts explained that most stocks trading for under $5 per share are not listed on major stock exchanges, so the chances of a reliable profit are nearly zero. They suggest steering clear of these types of stocks from the start. However, Schaeffer’s Investment Research did explain that starting small, in terms of the number of stocks you choose in a session, is ideal at first. Focus on one to two stocks per session then move up from there as you gain experience.
“Options trading can thrilling and profitable if done correctly,” Schaeffer’s Investment Research experts said. “Remember to take it slow, do your research, and keep your expectations realistic.”
Schaeffer’s Investment Research experts recently discussed common signals that it’s time to sell a stock.
Buy low and sell high. The movies make stock trading appear as simple as that. However, trading experts, like those at Schaeffer’s Investment Research, know it’s not that easy. Traders may need to sell at a loss before that loss gets any bigger, and sometimes selling can feel like an impossible decision. The Schaeffer’s Investment Research team recently discussed common signs that it’s time to sell.
“A major drop of 10 to 15 percent can be a telltale sign,” Schaeffer’s Investment Research experts said.”This is a common indication that the stock has already peaked, and it can be a good time to sell before things get worse.”
Schaeffer’s Investment Research experts added that traders can set up a “stop loss order” at about 10 percent below the high. The position is liquidated if the share falls more than that 10 percent. This lets traders enjoy a little peace of mind, knowing the stock will be sold before the loss gets any greater.
“You don’t always want to follow what the executives are doing, but if the executives of a company are selling their stocks, it usually means their indicating a serious share price drop,” Schaeffer’s Investment Research experts said. “They know if their sales are plummeting, it’s a characteristically bad quarter, if there’s new competition on the market.”
Schaeffer’s Investment Research explained that another telltale sign it’s time to sell is when a company begins to suspend or cut dividends. Companies tend to cut dividend payments when they are undergoing tough financial times. Schaeffer’s Investment Research suggested always keeping an eye on any regular dividends you’re receiving from a company, because if those are suddenly stopped or reduced, it’s a bad sign for the stock.
“Stock analysts hold the position they have for a reason. They don’t always make correct decisions, but if multiple analysts recommend a sell, we generally suggest paying attention,” the Schaeffer’s Investment Research team said.
The final telltale sign it’s time to sell outlined by Schaeffer’s Investment Research is when a stock is being shorted. Shorting a stock is a process used by experts, which involves “betting” that the share price is going to fall. If a stock increases greatly in a short amount of time, an experienced trader may short the stock, anticipating that the share price was overvalued and will fall greatly in the near future.
“Stock trading is a complicated process, and if there was a way to hack it, everyone would be doing so,” Schaeffer’s Investment Research experts finished. “However, these telltale signs serve as general guidelines to help you make the most of your trading experience.”
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When it comes to trading stocks, things can be a little intimidating right now. Schaeffer’s Investment Research completely understands the reasoning behind this. With the pandemic raging on and protests dividing the country, on top of the usual ups and downs of businesses, who knows what is actually going on. Contrary to popular advice that says to stay put in a crazy market, Schaeffer’s Investment Research is looking into how individuals can take advantage of the current upheaval. In this article, we’ll go over some of Schaeffer’s Investment Research top tips on investing during unpredictable times.
1. Diversification is Key
Diversification is an excellent method by which you can mitigate risk. According to Schaeffer’s Investment Research, diversification can limit your exposure and can help you withstand market shocks. For example, had you been extremely bullish on airline stocks prior to the pandemic, your investments would have taken a nosedive. On the other hand, had you buffeted your airline stocks with some pharmaceutical companies, you wouldn’t have faced such a loss as those companies started to push higher with the news of several new vaccines. Schaeffer’s Investment Research‘s position is that every company as different and is like a double-edged sword. In order to blunt the effects of one of the edges, you should use the edge of another company that is doing well.
2. Take A Long Term View
Uncertain times don’t last forever. In 1918, the market self-corrected after the pandemic ended. It may have taken a few years, but it eventually came out of its funk. Schaeffer’s Investment Research predicts the same in this situation. That is why it is so important to take a longer-term approach when dealing with the market. While falling prices might indicate an immediate issue with the market and how investors currently feel, it can present an opportunity to the savvy trader. As Warren Buffet once said, “Be greedy fearful when others are greedy. Be greedy when others are fearful.” While the current pricing would suggest that you would lose money in the short term, holding on to a specific stock that you truly believe in could pay dividends when the market self corrects and the price picks back up in the future.
3. Don’t Stretch Yourself
Trading, by nature, is inherently stressful. Schaeffer’s Investment Research notes that people looking to invest should understand their tolerance for risk. While your time horizon may be better suited for risk, your psychology might not be on the same level. Schaeffer’s Investment Research believes that individuals should be comfortable with what they are doing in terms of trading first and foremost. If you are not comfortable with any trades you have made, this can have adverse effects on your psychology. What’s worse is that if you start seeing the result of this choice fail, it can play tricks on your mind. Schaeffer’s Investment Research advises people to speak with a professional who can determine their risk tolerance.
The stock market is inherently risky. The stock market during uncertain times, even riskier. By understanding who you are psychologically, taking a long term view, and diversifying, you can mitigate the problems typically associated with trading during unpredictable events.