Start investing right with this 2017 stock investment checklist

We are a few days into the new year, and this is the best time to start investing. You could begin with a new IRA or you could start by investing in yourself. If you have the money, however, you should consider investing in some different stocks. Yes, investing in the market could be the option that fits your lifestyle the best. To get the most out of your investments there are a few features you want to have on your potential stock investment checklist.

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When you are beginning your search for new potential stocks it can be overwhelming, however, if you want to set yourself up for success research is the best thing you can do. But, with that, what type of stocks are you looking for? What fits your current financial lifestyle and can you afford to invest? These should be at the top of your stock investment checklist. After you have answered those questions you have to dive into the intricacies of your checklist.

So, where are you going to invest those hard-earned dollars?

One of the biggest things you need to check off first is the sector or sectors that you are interested in. Maybe you want to get in on the technology boom that we are experiencing right now. If that is the case, you want to look for companies that are making advances in virtual reality or drone production. Those two products seem to be in high demand due in part to many YouTube personalities adding them in their videos. It allows people to use tech and get outside at the same time.

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On the other hand, you have virtual reality starting to make a big impact on the general public. There are thousands of different applications that can benefit from VR tech. Cellular phones are starting to scratch the surface, but the video game market is starting to develop different games that will immerse the user in select titles. Whatever the sector is, make sure you pick the one, or multiples, that you believe in and that can benefit you when you want to cash out.

Next, comes the company.

When you are making your stock investment checklist, the next thing you want to look at is the company. Who is the CEO? What are the projected profits for the upcoming year? Has there been any controversy with any of the products or services in the past year? All these questions need to be on your checklist when you are looking for a place to put your money. For everyday consumers, it may not seem very important if a certain CEO or COO is sick or leaving. But, if you want to go into market confident you need to make sure you are researching these things.

Say you want to invest in Apple, but you have just found out that Joni Ive has been caught in the middle of a scandal. This could have a negative effect on the way the company operates in the future. He may have to step down from his position as well. Though this is highly unlikely it could lead to other companies pulling their support or partnerships with the company. This could potentially sack your stock options.

Spread your soldiers across the battlefield.

What we mean by this is diversification. When you are going through your stock investment checklist you need to make diversification a top priority. Rule of thumb: ideally if you can you should invest five percent of your finances into stocks of your choice. Once you have figured out that number you want to make sure that you divide that equally among various sectors.

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If you are interested in eco-friendly stocks invest in those with tech. If you want tech, fossil fuel and food services you should do that, as well. The point we are trying to make is you want your money, or soldiers, to have different fail safes. If one stock is a little shaky you have two or three others that are still able to make you money.

So, you have 300 plus days left to make your financial footprint better than it was last year do not waste any time. Will some of your investments fail sure, but that is the cost to play this game. Hopefully, this stock investment checklist will give you the basic tools you need to take on the stock market and make some money.

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