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Can you explain the stock market?

Postby rorke77 » Tue Feb 19, 2013 3:21 pm

Please answer these:
What is the FTSE100?
How and why do the (value of shares?) change all the time?
Also - at the beginning of the day, predictions are made of what it will be at the end of the day, how do they do it?
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Can you explain the stock market?

Postby ingel66 » Tue Feb 19, 2013 3:24 pm

The Ftse 100 is an index comprised of the 100 largest companies listed on the London Stock Exchange.

The prices move as buyers and sellers each try to get the best prices.

There are many ways to try to predict prices but technical analysis is without a doubt the most consistent way for most traders.
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Can you explain the stock market?

Postby wilmer » Tue Feb 19, 2013 3:32 pm

buy shares.... (when cheap)
wait for them to increase in value (if they do)
then sell them (make profit)

or the same in reverse and lose money!
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Can you explain the stock market?

Postby marcelinho » Tue Feb 19, 2013 3:33 pm

The stock market is like any other market. It is a place to get all the buyers and all the sellers together. It also involves settlement of stock and cash. The FTSE100 is an index that expresses in one figure the movement of 100 of the top companies listed on the London Stock Exchange and is therefore supposed to represent the London 'Market' as a whole. Share values change all the time depending on supply and demand (more buyers than sellers or vice versa)
Predictions of shares, markets etc. is sort of like predicting the weather or any other variable that depends on many factors. In a short space of time it is mainly luck (although knowledge does help a bit, just like the weather). The longer term view is slightly easier, again just like the weather.
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