The global financial markets can be an intimidating place for a novice. For starters, there is the stereotypical Wall Street trader who is perceived as ruthless, self-serving, and virtually untouchable.
Many of us at the grassroots level have been fed the narrative that the big banks and financial institutions on Wall Street control global finance and economic activity – irrespective of macroeconomic variables, regulations, and monetary policy.
There is probably an inkling of truth to all perspectives on the markets. However, there is plenty to go around for everyone. Provided you play your cards right, read market sentiment correctly, and hedge your bets, you can come out ahead in the financial markets.
Ways Investors Are Trading the Financial Markets
First of all, it’s important to identify what you’re trying to achieve. Are you after short-term profits or long-term appreciation of your capital? This will invariably determine whether you are better suited to trading or investing. Traders are not interested in holding assets for the sake of holding assets for long-term appreciation. They are interested in turning over those assets to generate profits in rising and falling markets.
Traders are quick to the draw and don’t get sentimental about their purchases. Investors realize that markets invariably go through plenty of cyclical movements, trends, upswings, and downswings. Overall though, equities markets have a propensity to appreciate relative to other investment opportunities.