S&P 500 – The S&P 500 is a stock index composed of 500 US companies, mainly larger businesses with large market capitalization (Large Caps). Most people, even those with no real interest in the stock market, are familiar with the S&P 500 as the level of the index is regularly quoted on media news reports. […]
Trading in futures may be tightly regulated these days, but such was not always the case. At several points in history, market forces combined with such human natures as hope, greed and panic, have inflated - and swiftly deflated so-called “bubbles”, with the deflation typically much more sudden than the extended build-up to the inevitable crash, or “burst” if we invoke the bubble metaphor.
There is no magic formula or “secrets” of investing. Rather, investing is a disciplined process and one that requires careful analysis of the fundamentals. Many novice investors have learned the hard way though sustained losses that investing is more than simply throwing darts at a stock chart or reading recent gossip columns written by the “stock market guru” flavor of the month.