If you have decided to try your luck at the stock market, then you may already know that buying and selling stock is a huge risk. The risk involved in buying and selling stocks is almost the same as gambling, one minute you are riding high the money wave and the next you are left with nothing. The stock market is a roller coaster and the more you understand the risk the safer and smarter you will invest. You have to take into consideration when buying and selling stock is that both domestic as well as international conditions may affect how well your stock does.
Anytime there is something that can have an impact on stocks is considered a risk. You can never really exclude the risks when it comes to the stock market but you can play it safe and don't put all your money into one stock. There are two different types of investment risks the Alpha and the Beta. The Beta risk brings in a general market behavior and the Alpha will talk about the risk that is always there when you hold shares in different, one of a kind companies.
When you decide to invest in the market, you may be planning on a future with this money and this is considered to be a long-term investment. When you hold stock for a long time the risks decrease and the change of making more gains is more than likely. Basically the long-term investment strategy is likely to duplicate the stock markets advances over a longer period of time.
But that is not to say there are no risks involved with long-term investments. There are risks in very aspect of the stock market, and though long term investing is called by some the safest way to play the market there are still risks involved. Let's say that you have several stocks in several different companies, and one particular stock is not doing well but you have heard that long term investing is best, you hold and hold that stock and then it tanks, now that particular stock that you had had brought down your portfolio.
It is ok after a number of months or even a year or two to cut the loss and dump the stock. You always want to try to sell your stock at decent prices so you can at least minimize the loss. You may have heard the phrase without risk there can be no reward, and while that is true if you are new to the market and are trying to make a quick buck chances are you may do well if you are considering a short-term investment. You will also want to choose companies that are destined to do well like Google, Coca Cola and Pepsi. Do some research and try to speak to someone that you know that has made investments to the stock market and see if they have any good companies that they can recommend. It is ok to play it safe at the beginning.