Your Questions About Successful Trading Companies

Helen asks…

How to market my meeting rooms?

I currently am working for a company which specializes in virtual offices, executive suites, etc. Well, we also have to big meeting rooms that are sitting empty which is a waste of money.. Any ideas on marketing these meeting rooms? Or maybe what good business targets might be to go after?

John answers:

Great Question!

Are you a member of Chamber of Commerce, Board of Trade.

Get the message out of your Services by finding out about local business’ requirements and see how you can help them.

Work with a successful local caterer. They may have clients who may be able to use your offices for venues.

Consider a website that will catch visitors to your City – Business people are always looking for meeting places.

Along that line, this may help:

http://build-a-website-that-works.first411.com

Hope this is helpful to you.

Sandy asks…

How do you feel about the “Rich Dad Poor Dad” company?

I would like to hear of successful stories of those who have benefited from this program and what advice do you recommend I do as a first time investor in real estate and paper assets?

John answers:

When you’re a first time investor, Robert Kiyosaki’s concept about being an investor seems awesome. But there’re more to it then simply aspiring to be an investor. So, I do not recommend that you sign up for any expensive program. Just borrow a copy of Robert’s Rich Dad Poor Dad and study it.

There is a wider world out there.

First, I recommend that you read about the psychology of risk. You are your worst enemy when it comes to timing your investing. So you need to understand deeply the human psyche and learn how to trade your plan rather than follow your emotions. It’s better to master uncertainty, trading with short-trm horizons rather than buy and hold. Nevertheless, you must also allow for longer term value investing. Learn from Warren Buffet and George Soros.

Next, I recommend that you acquant yourself with the concept of establishing multiple streams of income. You can get rich by exploring the opportunities from real estate, investments, and online/offline marketing.

Furthermore, build up your career as well. You must learn to do what you love, and money will follow.

Steven asks…

Did the British help or hurt the Indian economy?

It is said the British brought trade and railroads to India. But did India benefit from the British or did most people hate the british?

John answers:

The answer to your question is in negative.

The history of British era of India is telling us that founders of formerly East India Company were issued permits by the then Sultan Jahangir to do business in India, which means they came to this land for commercial purpose and later they started taking part in princely feuds of those times in which they could be successful to overcome the infightings of then Indian princely states either Hindu or Islamic sultanates of those times. After which they could become rulers of the Indian sub-continent, which was then divided in nearly 650 princely states or Islamic sultanates. The whole Indian sub-continent was united and came under the rule of British rulers. The present day Indian nation is a legacy received by us from British rulers who left India after fragmenting it in three nations viz. India, East Pakistan and West Pakistan. The East Pakistan (presently Bangladesh) was under the rule of West Pakistan but it was freed itself in times of former PM of India, Mrs. Indira Gandhi.

The so called developments done by the then British rulers in India, viz. Post, roads, railways, telegraphs, education, and canals etc. Were not for the benefit of Indian nationals but truly speaking all these developments were oriented to strengthen and tighten their rule in India.

The British rulers ruthlessly overcharged heavy export duty for the then exported Indian goods and in contrast the British rulers purposefully charged very low import duty for the goods imported from European countries in those times, which resulted in very large looting of Indian businessmen which resulted into the spread of poverty in India.

The true difference between Islamic rulers and British rulers is that the Islamic rulers in India could easily weaken the religious strength of majority Indian Hindu population, but the Islamic sultans of those times never thought to loot us and weaken the Indian population economically, but the British rulers were more interested in looting us economically.

Laura asks…

What are the goals of publicly traded companies?

In what ways, if any, is it different from the goals of privately held companies?

John answers:

Any company by rule is in business for the same reasons, to make money.
In some exceptions to the rule, a personal company may be made to simply create jobs for friends and family, these companies may persist for years or even generations, most will end, either by going out or being bought out. The sheer # of decendents expand over the years, and all eventually want their place or bought out. Generally once the matriarch leaves a company its a downhill slide. If they are successful, it will grow to something that can be sold to public, or bought out by a public traded entity that simply is willing to pay for their patents, etc, and get them out of the competition, or take their logos and trademarks and expand them in the bigger picture. Privately held companies are only worth their exact value.
Publically held companies are worth the value of the publics opinion of where they will be at some time in the future, short, to long term. A company worth x with a good plan of a product, but no capital to experiment, or manufacture it is worth x. But if they take on investors on public market, they could easily double, triple, quadruple the value of the company in days, weeks. It then becomes perceived value, not actual value. The goals of a publically traded company is simply to get more out repetitively than what you have in, its simply BUISNESS. Any publically traded company can go up as fast as down, It is all about emotion of the return on the investment.
The bottom line is the same, private or public, putting enough back to make it grow, while harvesting all you can from it, just in public traded there are more hands wanting some of the fruit.

George asks…

What is the best company to invest in currently?

I would like to buy stock in a company and want to see what companies are good investments at the moment. I also have stock in other companies that aren’t working out too well.

John answers:

The company you should invest in is one that you’ve found that fits what you think is good criteria for a successful investment, like good fundamentals or a good trend. Nobody can answer this for you – how long are you investing? For what? At how much risk? Fundamental or Technical? Only you can decide. Read Investing For Dummies for a good primer that will help you a lot.

If you want to get burned…. Invest in stocks suggested by total strangers whose qualifications and motives can never be known. Even the “experts” can’t get it right any better than a coin toss. Despite what these professionals claim, it is not actually possible to predict the movement of stocks and other financial instruments. According to William J. Bernstein’s book “The Four Pillars of Investing,” market strategists have historically been incorrect about 77% of the time.

You can use a stock screener to find potential candidates.
Http://screener.finance.yahoo.com/stocks.html
http://www.fool.com/investing/value/2007/06/19/finding-value-winners.aspx?source=isesitlnk0000001&mrr=0.20
http://screen.morningstar.com/StockSelector.html
http://www.profitspi.com/
http://www.google.com/finance#stockscreener
http://www.nasdaq.com/reference/StockScreener.stm
http://stockscreener.us.reuters.com/Stock/US/Index?quickscreen=gaarp
http://www.stockfetcher.com/

You can also look at the Most Active list for ideas:
http://online.barrons.com/mdc/public/page/9_3052.html
http://dynamic.nasdaq.com/dynamic/premarketma.stm

Without some experience and knowledge, investing is stocks can be a hit or miss proposition. A good approach if you don’t want to take the time, effort, and risk to analyze individual companies, is to invest in either index funds or mutual funds instead.

I could tell you what stocks I think are good investments, but that is only my opinion and it might very well be wrong. It is about 1/2 the time.

Look at a few funds and look at the 3 yr, 5 yr, and 10 yr annual returns. Then weigh the risk of investing in individual stocks against the risks of investing in a porfolio of many stocks through a mutual fund.

A stock index fund or low-cost ETF like the SPY or DIA are well-diversified, and trade just like a stock in a standard stock account.

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