If you are a novice in the stock market, determining whether your company’s funds are faring well or not, and whether you should invest in a particular stock can be difficult. Although there are always risks when it comes to the stock market and although there is no fool proof way to predict the stock market, one of the best ways to assess whether your funds or a given stock is worth an investment is by using the Morningstar ratings. The Morningstar ratings are objective and scientifically calculated ratings that will tell you whether funds or stocks are worth your money.
Website. The best way to access the Morningstar rating is through the website. In the past, the Morningstar ratings are printed in some financial newspapers. Today, however, it is simply impractical to print the Morningstar ratings since there are so many businesses that have stocks and bonds in the stock market. Remember however, that businesses that are less than three years of age will not have a Morningstar account. If you are looking for stocks, use the stock’s ticker number to locate the rating in the Morningstar ratings website.
Reporting. Morningstar will display its results as stars, instead of numbers. The scale has up to five stars. The more stars your funds or your stocks have, the better is its ratings. The calculations from Morningstar are derived from a rigid and standardized formula. To derive the Morningstar rating for your funds or your stocks, Morningstar uses a formula that will compare your stocks or funds with other similar stocks and funds. This means that your ratings have already considered the ratings and rankings of other similar businesses. Morningstar will also adjust the ratings if there are more or less risks involved in your business. This is what makes Morningstar a pretty accurate rating used by plenty of stock investors.
Multiple ratings. Sometimes, Morningstar will present the ratings with different time periods. Older business will have ratings shown in the third, fifth, and the tenth year. The purpose of adding multiple ratings is to show the viewer whether the business has improved or declined throughout the years. Usually, older businesses that have only one rating have a rating that is the average of the rating at the third, fifth and the tenth year.
Reading stock ratings. If you are looking for stocks, on the other hand, you can also use the website to search the company whose stocks you are interested in. use the search bar to search for a particular company, or use the ticker number to instantly access the results page for the particular company you are interested in. check the Morningstar ratings and then compare the stocks with other companies. Generally, stocks that have a five star rating are the best and the safest, while those with the 1 star rating are usually very risky.
With these steps, you should be able to navigate your way through the murky waters of the stock market using the Morningstar ratings. Although the Morningstar is a useful tool for assessing stocks and funds, it is still important to note that this alone should not be used to determine whether you should buy or sell a particular stock.