GirlStocks ~ EasyStep # 2
Open an account
with one of the many internet
trading companies available; E-Trade, Ameritrade, Scottrade,
ING, etc. I prefer E-Trade because their customer service is
simply outstanding. Their financial screens are easy to use and
navigate, and I can buy or sell a stock in 15 seconds. All of my
stock symbols are listed on one screen in
making it easy to spot a stock I want to
buy more of… or sell.
Note: There is usually no minimum to open an account. $200 -
$500 is a good place to start,
or more if you can
Trading Fees range between $4 and $12. The fee is
the same if you buy 10 shares
or 10,000 shares. This fee is added to each trade, whether
you buy or sell.
to your account and become familiar
with the screens.
‘Snapshot’ tells you what the company
does, who runs it, where it’s located, and gives current
shows if the Company is/was making
money, using graphs.
shows growth rate, # employees,
contacts, website address etc.
provides Analyst’s useful insight
to most stocks.
GirlStocks ~ EasyStep # 3
Find the Stock Symbol
for those companies you noted during your Life
Research. You can do this using your trading account, ‘Stocks &
Quotes Tab’, or any of the search engines (Yahoo etc). I prefer
to use Google, as other relevant info about the company will show up
In the Google ‘Search Box’ type in (sample)
Active Power Inc, Stock Symbol’.
Various links to Active Power Inc. will come up with the stock symbol ACPW. Active Power designs and manufactures power and infrastructure solutions designed to deliver
continuous power during power disturbances and outages, voltage sags and surges, and provide ride-through power in the event of utility failure. As of December 31, 2011, it had shipped more than 3,200 flywheels in uninterruptible power supply (UPS) system installations, delivering more than 800 megawatts of power to customers in 42 countries globally.. During the year ended December 31, 2011, 42% of its product revenue came from the sale of UPS systems.
Check this easy math:
June 02, 2009 ACPW shares
were at 59 cents. By mid October the stock was at $1.25 so I sold most of it for ,
a profit of over 100%. .... eight days later the stock was at $1.42. So I kicked myself a bit! Currently it is down to 72 cents and I'm watching it with a view to buying in again. Nov. 04, 2012.
Note: On my “Risk Scale” of 1 – 10 (RS/1 being the least risk) I consider ACPW an RS/7, as clean energy companies are having a rough time these days, even with the knowledge growing daily that global warming is a very real threat. This risk is balanced out with a bank stock, for instance BBX (Bank Atlantic).
Bank Atlantic is the Florida bank that was the forerunner in staying open late and on weekends. BBX stock was over $15 in 2008. It took a beating along with the other banks, and by March 2009, BBX shares were at $2.11. Soon after I bought BBX it took a dive to 90 cents, giving me quite a scare. Holding tight, I watched it go back up in May 2009, to $3.83.
To sell and take profits would seem an easy choice, however I decided to continue buying BBX whenever it dipped. BBX was recently acquired by BB&T and the stock is now $6.62 I consider BBX a long term RS/4.
Please remember, these stocks are my personal preferences only, and are just as capable of going down as up. My portfolio has several U.S. stocks in wind, geothermal, smart grid, and recycling companies that are slow out of the gate.
Clean & Green Energy is still an ‘emerging industry,’ struggling to get on it’s feet in the U.S. so be patient.
I will continue to buy these new
Green Energy stocks for
long term, and pray they grow and find funding as money
becomes available again. Clean Air, Energy and Fuel benefit
of us worldwide. You, Me, our Families and Friends ~ Everyone!
If we can also help save the animals before it’s too late, I can
So choose stocks you enjoy looking at and thinking about. Even
though there are great amounts of $$ to be made in the medical
industry, it’s not for me… I’m an ostrich with my head in the
sand about surgical instruments and blood cells. I like
vegetable seed companies…yes seeds!
Food is never going out of style. I like Hybrid cars, Wind and Solar Energy,
Water purification, Desalinization, Smart Grid electrical companies, and Clean water
Every girl likes something, and researching stocks in an
area you like is just fun!
I digress…if you do not find the stock
symbol you are looking for, it is probably a private
company and not traded on NASDAQ or NYSE. Keep a list of
the companies that you
like, as they may become public at a later date.
GirlStocks ~ EasyStep # 4
‘Quotes & Research’
your trade account.
Type in the ‘Stock Symbol’
of the Company you want to
buy… YES, you are buying part of that Company…so choose
companies you really like.
Click on ‘Snapshot’
screen to see an Overview of the
Real-time Trading Price; daily
Gain/Loss; year High/Low;
Change (Amount in $
and percent the stock is going up or
down that day); Volume; (How many shares are
Before learning more about the individual financial
screens, you will want to
together with your
Research… when you are seeing and hearing everything
around you, evaluating new trends and products that fill
a need, a niche or an itch…
decide that you do like the idea of
buying and selling stocks.
these are the KEYS to finding
potential winning companies.
GirlStocks ~ EasyStep # 5
Buying and Selling Stocks:
Now for the fun part!
When you have reviewed all of the info and
decide which stock/stocks you want to
Trade Account home page.
Stock Symbol in the
‘Quotes’ search box.
You will be on the company 'Snapshot'
screen with 'Buy/Sell'
option on the right side of the screen.
Note: Whenever your stock is
on the screen there will be a 'Buy/Sell'
screen will appear with the stock
Name, + current
‘Buy’… (If it says
in number of Shares
you want to buy, e.g. 200.
the dropdown, select
‘Market’. (‘Term’ is OK at
for the day’ ).
Price + Fee = Cost.
(See left bottom corner of
screen for Change/Cancel options).
YOU HAVE BOUGHT YOUR STOCK!
YOU CAN DREAM…