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When to Sell Stock: Now or Later
« on: May 27, 2012, 12:59:36 AM »
When to Sell Stock: Now or Later

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Ideally, you should keep your stocks as long as possible. You might not need to know when to sell stock. There is time when to sell stock is a better option.
In fact, some stock investors acknowledge selling stock as one of the great 'exit strategy'. This especially true if you incline to stock trading than stock investing.
For stock traders, profits or losses can only be realized when the stock is sold. Meanwhile, stock investors can still make profits without selling the stock. They prefer recurring income from dividend payout than capital gain from the stock price appreciation.
Either stock traders or stock investors, situations below are applicable to when you should sell your stocks.

Fundamentally Changed

If at all possible, this should be the only reason to when to sell stock. Change in the stock fundamentals require more in depth research as the previous data might no longer correct for earnings projection. Changes include restructuring of its business model, different business focus and directions or change in the company’s key management.
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It goes without saying that you may also sell your stock if there is more profitable investment. No matter either you are changing to other stocks, invest in mutual funds or buying properties for rental income; as long as you in better position to reap the most profits. Limited resources can be fully optimized.

Stock is Over Valued

During bull market, high quality stocks will appreciate value. As more and more stock investors interested in the stock, it is not unusual thing to watch the stock to be pushed way past its true value. And more importantly, with so much hype around the stock, they are often set up for a fall.

Therefore, you may use the strategy of selling them first and buy back at lower price. However, be prepared to watch it keep on going up after you sell, as it happen sometimes. Just don’t second-guess yourself; it could have more easily gone the other way. This is why, you need an accurate knowledge on the top and bottom of prices to justify your decisions.

Need Some Cash

Unexpected circumstances may affect the time to when to sell stock too. It is not wrong to sell stock to solve your financial emergency, especially the underperforming one. However, it is advisable to have some emergency cash funds that are not meant for investment used as a buffer. After all, basic investing rules two; start investing if you have enough money

Reached Financial Goal

You set your financial goal before. Whether for retirement, children’s education or buying new home, you can start liquidating your stocks. I’ll guarantee you this, you will be totally satisfied and no regret investing in stocks once you had achieved desired goals.
If you noticed, dropped in stock price is not included to when to sell stock. As a matter of fact, I bought more shares if the price is going down (if its fundamental remain intact). I did so because I can buy them at cheaper price; just like you are crazy for a Christmas sale for the thing you want the most!

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When to Sell Stock: Now or Later
« on: May 27, 2012, 12:59:36 AM »

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