Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Buying Penny Stocks Without All The Work

By George Best

Buying penny stocks is potentially very profitable, but penny stock investing is also filled with risks. Thorough research and evaluation of stocks can greatly reduce the risk, but this process is tedious and requires a considerable investment of time and effort.

There is a new computer "bot" that has been created that analyzes penny stocks thorough in-depth mathematical analysis and by doing so dramatically decreases the risks and increases the profits from buying penny stocks, while greatly simplifying the work of choosing what stocks to buy and when. Of course, such a system does not come cheaply, but there is an opportunity for even the smallest of investors to reap the benefits of it.

Penny stock investing has big advantages when it comes to large, rapid returns on investment, and the fact that penny stocks are priced low enough for even very small investors to buy stocks and have the opportunity for a diversified portfolio. Because penny stocks have such low values, just a few cents change in the price of the stock can equate to a huge change percentage-wise, and potentially a huge profit to the investor, depending on the amount of the total investment, particularly in comparison to the profits possible with larger value stocks.

To show the power of penny stock price changes, let's do a comparison. If you wanted to invest $1000 and found a stock you decided to buy at $100 per share, if it increases by $1 per share, you'll have made $10. On the other hand, if you invested $1000 in a penny stock that initially sold at $1 per share and it increases by $1 per share, you'll make $1000!

Now, by the same token, penny stocks can lose a bunch of money very quickly too, which is one reason why it is important to be very careful when buying penny stocks. Another reason that penny stock investing is risky is because of shady or outright fraudulent practices of some individuals involved in marketing and selling penny stocks. Because companies that issue penny stocks are not required to file financial reports with the SEC, it can be difficult to obtain reliable information to really assess the stock.

In some instances, hard-sell marketing tactics, such as email spam campaigns, paid promoters making cold calls, exaggerated press releases, and "boiler room" operations may be used to lure unwary investors into buying a stock to drive up the price and then the insiders suddenly sell off their stock at the inflated value, leaving the investors holding the bag as the price drops like a rock. As with any investment, the higher the potential return, the higher the risk, but in penny stocks, the relatively high potential for fraud drives the risk even higher than what is seen in other investments that are simply at the whim of market forces.

To overcome the risks, buying penny stocks has traditionally required a large investment of time to research stocks to avoid the scams and predict a relatively good rate of return. A careful penny stock investor could spend quite a bit of time evaluating a single stock. This effort would hopefully pay off in the long-run, but the time required in doing this often made penny stock investing out of the question for part time investors.

Then along came "Marl", which is a penny stock buying computer bot designed by a couple of guys that had the unusual combination of computer programming expertise and in-depth understanding of stock investing. Marl has several advantages over human investors, but the biggest advantage Marl has is that there are no emotions involved in his stock picks. Marl makes his picks based on cold, hard, statistical calculations. Plus, Marl can do a detailed analysis of hundreds of stocks in less time than it would take even an expert stock analyst to do a cursory evaluation of just one stock. This doesn't completely eliminate the risks of buying penny stocks, but it does cut down on the risk considerably.

The power of this system is amazing, and it has created vast fortunes for those fortunate enough to be able to afford the up-front $28,000 licensing fee that is charged for Marl. Obviously, this price tag puts Marl out of reach of the small investor, but there is an opportunity for small investors to also benefit from Marl. The inventors of Marl produce an extremely affordable e-newsletter with Marl's top penny stock buy for each week. For new investors interested in buyng penny stocks, this might even be better than having their own license to Marl, as it cuts down the investment choices to just one stock per week, rather than having to choose from hundreds of options. This makes penny stock investing a very simple process for even novice investors.

Marl's inventors have stated that they will be limiting the number of newletter subscribers that they allow, and the subscription option may not be available much longer. For the sake of small investors, hopefully they will reconsider and keep the subscriptions list open. For now though, small investors have a big opportunity for assistance in profitably buying penny stocks.

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