Investing In Stocks
Atlantic Financial's brokers and representatives are licensed. We do
not have hidden profits nor do we take a piece of the spread from
our clients. Some methods investors can use to determine if they
should purchase a stock are listed below:
High insider holding rate
Strong potential for increased earnings
Exciting new product
Insider purchase ratio favorable
Number of shares outstanding less than 10 million
Steadily increasing earnings per share rate
Strong relative strength vs. the market
At or making new highs on increased volume
Stocks and Bonds
Smart investors take a long-term view, putting money into investments regularly
and keeping it invested for five, ten, fifteen, twenty or more years.
Stocks - Owning Part of a Company
Stocks. Shares of stock may be acquired on an organized exchange such as
the NASDAQ or New York Stock Exchange (NYSE),
through a stock-broker, over the counter or by direct purchase in some cases.
When you buy stock, you become a part owner of the company and are known as a
stockholder, or shareholder. Stockholders can make money in two ways receiving
dividend payments and selling stock
that has appreciated. A dividend is an income distribution by a corporation to
its shareholders, usually made quarterly. Stock appreciation is an increase in
the value of stock in the company, generally based on its ability to make money
and pay a dividend. However, if the company doesn't perform as expected, the
stock's value may go down.
There is no guarantee you will make money as a stockholder. In purchasing shares
of stock, you take a risk on the company making a profit and paying a dividend
or seeing the value of its stock go up. Before investing in a company, learn
about its past financial performance, management, products and how the stock has
been valued in the past. Learn what the experts say about the company and the
relationship of its financial performance and stock price. Successful investors
are well informed.
Stock options. Some companies offer employees stock options, which they
can use to buy stock in the company at a fixed price. For example, your
employer, Wally's Widgets, offers a stock-option plan, and its stock is valued
at $30 a share. The stock-option price is set at $40 a share. As part of your
compensation for meeting company goals and contributing to increased profits,
you receive options to purchase 100 shares. Over time the value of the Wally's
Widgets shares appreciates to $50 a share. You may now want to exercise your
stock options and purchase the shares valued at $50 for $40.
Upon request, Atlantic Financial can help you find a stock that meets
the criteria listed above.