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How Do I Keep up with Capital Market Trends?

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  • Written By: Helen Akers
  • Edited By: Jessica Seminara
  • Last Modified Date: 11 July 2018
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Keeping up with capital market trends involves researching and monitoring investment publications, market recap reports, and the use of online software tools. Many Internet resources can provide potential investors with information about short and long term trends that occur in the global stock and bond markets. Individuals who maintain accounts with major trading firms may also have access to software tools, reports, and expert research that can reveal anticipated changes in the capital market.

The advice and publications of industry experts can be invaluable sources of information on capital market trends. These individuals usually have years of experience with international securities and exchange markets and may run private investment firms. Many work for trading companies as analysts and brokers, while pursuing freelance careers as content contributors to well-recognized financial magazines and news organizations. Some of these sources can be found online by conducting a web search for securities and market trends.

Investment sites that track individual stock prices and exchange averages will typically offer some insight into capital market trends. These sites may be part of a subscription service, a research information bank related to finance, or a major news network's online coverage. In addition to articles describing past, current and anticipated trends, these sites often provide raw financial data that can be manipulated and viewed by company, industry, or market. Print publications can be additional sources of information, including trade magazines, national newspapers, and the financial prospectuses issued by trading firms.

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Investors can usually obtain a basic understanding of current capital market trends if they hold an account with a major trading firm. Besides being able to see their account activity, investors may have access to data on primary and secondary markets. Firms typically provide financial data and summaries to account holders as a means of support. Without this information, investors would not be able to make informed decisions about buying and selling individual securities.

Some software tools used by day traders can provide information about capital market trends as well. Most of the information is in the form of financial data and may be presented with graphs, trend lines and charts. Investors who are adept at reading and interpreting raw data may find some of these tools useful. Online trading firms, software developers, and financial education vendors are all good sources for these types of tools.

The purpose of these sources of information is to reflect price fluctuations in various securities and market averages. For instance, they may keep track of the major exchanges in a particular country. The graphs often represent whether there are more buyers or sellers in the market by documenting decreases and increases in both price and trading activity.

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