How To Follow Money Market Trends

Gone are the days when it's common for people to take a haphazard attitude towards their money. Nowadays, people are putting a premium on training themselves to be financially literate, and everybody is gradually beginning to realize that investing their funds wisely is one of the most important things they can ever do.

So the common question is, where is the best place to put their money in order for them to enjoy the highest yields and returns?

The most common ways to secure and invest your savings is to deposit them in private banks, buy government securities, buy stocks and bonds, and invest it in business. These avenues have highly different risks and rates of returns; though there is not a one hundred percent sure way of knowing how well your investment will do, it would definitely be wise to study the prevailing money market trends first to make the wisest decisions about where to put your money.

That being said, how would you be able to stay abreast of current money market trends? Here are some tips to help you get started:

  1. Brush up on the lingo. Remember, to better keep up with dynamics of market trends you have to know the language first. Brush up on your knowledge of relevant investment terms. Get a feel of the game by reading the business sections of leading newspapers such as the Wall Street Journal and by subscribing to various business and investment magazines. Read blogs from reliable investors and financial advisors and watch business channels to help you develop your own financial analytical skills. You can also read books such as "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Investing" which aims to break down the complexities of investment trends so that it's very easy to understand. After awhile you'd have enough basic know-how to help you gain a deeper insight of market investing. 
  2. Follow the 39-week moving average. The first step towards getting an idea about how market trends are moving is by regularly studying the movements of the net asset value (NAV) or share price of a fund. Remember to watch the long-term trend to get a more solid and accurate picture of its performance. You could try to help you better understand the mechanics of following and reading current market trends.
  3. Learn market price calculation. There are available formulas to predict how a particular fund will do, such as the formula for a 39 or 40-week moving average. Read up on how to do this or ask your investment broker.
  4. Learn to recognize trade signals. It's an essential skill to learn to read investment trends and act upon it. One important principle to remember when reading market financial movements is that you should develop a system, which puts a premium on price analysis (i.e., know how much to risk on the trade) and correct timing (i.e., know when to exit and cut your losses).
  5. Learn some trading chart patterns. Many investment specialists use particular chart patterns to aid in their technical analysis of market trends. These chart patterns include the Elliot Wave, Trend Lines and Price Channels. These may be a little too technical for someone who just wants to learn the basics of following money market trends but if you learn some of the principles of these patterns they may serve as valuable tools for you in your own market analysis.
  6. Follow market currencies. Another investment opportunity you can learn about is the foreign exchange (or FOREX) market, which involves different market currencies for trade. Know that money market trends are very much affected by global down and upsurges so it's good to gain some basic idea of how these different factors work to influence each other's performance.

There you have it! These are just some of the basics you can do to help you in your analysis and study of money market trends. You can take online finance classes if you want to get really in-depth with your investigations. Be encouraged by the fact that there are so many free resources to help you get started in your journey towards financial literacy. Good luck! 


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