title:A Guide to Finding Investment Opportunities Online author:John Mussi source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/business_and_finance/article_5004.shtml date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:07 category:business_and_finance article:

Perhaps you’re new to investment and you’re trying to find investment opportunities that will serve you well; maybe you’ve been investing for years, but are looking to expand and diversify your investment portfolio with some new investments.
On the other hand, you might simply be looking for information about potential investments, so that you can make up your mind as to whether investing is right for you or not.
Regardless of your reasons for wanting to find information on potential investments, you’re likely to find that by utilizing the power of the internet your search will become quite a bit easier.
Knowing Where to Look
The first thing that you need to do when looking for investment opportunities online is to decide exactly where you’re going to look for your information. As a general rule, it’s best to avoid websites that are poorly designed or that claim to have ?amazing investment tips? or ?little-known information?. In addition to having information that is likely going to be questionable at best, there are also legal risks associated with information that isn’t publicly available.
Instead, look at well-known and trusted financial advice sites, the financial areas of portal sites such as MSN and Yahoo!, and the websites of financial institutions and brokerage firms that deal with the types of investments that you’re wanting to make.
Stock Tracking
Many financial sites offer stock and investment tracking services free of charge, which enable you to get recent quotes from stocks and other potential investments of your choice. In addition to simply being able to track the current prices of these investments, you are also generally able to view the history of the stock or investment for the past month or longer, sometimes viewing the performance of specific stocks for the past one to five years or more.
By signing up with websites that offer stock and investment tracking, you can also have sudden changes in the stocks that you’re tracking e-mailed to you or sent to your PDA or similar electronic device.
Doing Your Research
By taking the time to research the investments that you’re considering before you purchase them, you may be able to spot investments that are about to drop in value as well as those that have been growing in value consistently over the past several months or possibly even years.
This information will help you to choose the investments that are worth the money that you’ll pay for them, as well as those that are likely to drop in value soon after purchasing them causing you to lose money.
Making Your Investments
Once you’ve found the investments that you’re interested in, you may decide to go ahead and invest in them online as well. There are a wide variety of online investment firms available, many of which are associated with well-known investment companies that have operated for decades if not longer and are known for their good reputation.
Each online investment firm has their own rules regarding minimum initial investments, brokerage fees, and the types of investments that are allowed, so you should make sure that you read all of the information that they have available regarding their services before choosing one over the others.
Should you have any questions after reading their terms of service and informational pages, feel free to contact the company via e-mail or any other ways that they have available; their support personnel are there to help you to get the most out of your online investment experience, and to answer any questions or concerns that you might have.

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