Stocks are simply a piece of the pie — a small piece of a corporation. They can be purchased individually from a person who owns the stock or they can be purchased from a market or exchange. In this sense all stocks are the same. Where the term penny stocks comes in and how they are different from what most people think of as stock is the level of safety.
With only so many resources available the Security Exchanges Commission (SEC) can only audit a certain portion of companies every year. While the companies wishing to be on a major exchange pay for their own independent audits as part of being on the exchange, smaller companies do not. Continue reading
Day trading involves sticking with stocks for the shortest period of time possible to make as many small profits as possible. Day trading often carries a stigma of wild gamblers or genius big shots playing or manipulating a system to make millions, but this usually isn’t the reality of this profession.
In reality the day trader is someone who knows how to make a consistent plan that has proved itself and stick with it. Most day traders prefer highly volatile systems like the options and futures markets, but there is plenty of room in the realm of day trading penny stocks. Here are some reasons you should or shouldn’t day trade penny stocks. Continue reading
On average penny stocks lose value over time. Buying penny stocks and holding on to them is risky for a few different reasons. Finding solid information on these companies is often difficult. The requirements for penny stocks are less stringent than they are for other stocks and often public information on these companies is scarce. They are also quite volatile, and their volatility can be quite difficult to predict. Then there is the complication of volume. Penny stocks are often thinly traded, so it can be more difficult to buy or sell the amount of shares you would like.
So why do people still dabble in penny stocks? If you can learn how to day trade you can reduce the risk of time by not holding onto them for too long and use their volatility to your advantage. Continue reading
These days most people rely on search engines and the internet to do research. While this is a decent place to get some information, it doesn’t always provide the most complete or the most accurate information for everything — it really depends on your source and the subject matter. If you’re searching for accurate and detailed information about penny stock companies so you can make wise investments, it’s better to broaden your search beyond the internet, where there are too many sources of fraud and scams anyway. There are a few specific places you might want to reference before you put your money on the line.
One good place to check is with the SEC. If the company files with the SEC they are making an attempt to look legitimate. Along the same lines you may also want to check with your state regulator as well as the state regulator for the state in which the company is located. This is often the first place complaints about a company or stock are registered; some complaints never leave this state level, so you may find out more by going directly to the state office. Continue reading
If you are investing in stocks it’s because you want to make your money work harder for you. To take this to the next level you may want to start investing more in high yield stocks. After all you likely want to get the most from your money, but keep in mind high yield sometimes also means higher risk. That said there are a few ways to get a higher return on your investment.
One way to do this is with high return stocks. While this can include penny stocks, it also includes buying shares of established companies who have shown consistant growth over many years. Another way to increase your yield is with high yield dividend stocks. This type of investment offers consistant returns, not just returns when you sell the shares at a higher price.
But there are other high yield investments you may also want to consider. Continue reading
Interpreting the OTC Market is a crucial component of discerning how to buy penny stocks. A majority of penny stocks aren’t listed on a stock market like NASDAQ or the NYSE but instead on the OTC market (or OTC securities market).
NASDAQ (National Association of Securities Dealers Automated Quotation) controls a little component of the over-the-counter market with the NASDAQ National Market (NNM), but this portion of the OTC Market doesn’t include penny stocks.
Pink OTC Markets, at one time called the National Quotation Bureau (NQB) and colloquially referred to as “Pink Sheets”, operates on the most active component of the OTC market. If you begin earnest and extended penny stock trading, you’ll at some point deal in Pink Sheets. Continue reading
Be careful because penny stock fraud is frequent and pervasive. I don’t mean to scare you away from penny stock trading, however you need to realize that many unscrupulous individuals are out there eager to exploit newbies in this field.
The SEC (Securities and Exchange Commission) estimates that penny stock fraud costs the economy billions of dollars every year. As stocks not on the NYSE or NASDAQ often do not need to fulfill the same standards to trade within Pink Sheets or the OTCBB, they can be much more susceptible to being manipulated and falsified online.
While some microcap fraud may occur on the NASDAQ Small Cap Market, a vast majority of stock fraud occurs in the OTC Market. So proceed with caution and always do your due diligence when trading penny stocks. Continue reading