How to Hold Your Head High When You Are Out of Your League

How do you hold your head high when you are among the last to finish a race, when you are outperformed by other candidates by leaps and bounds? How do you recover your sense of worth and dignity when so many elite pole dancers’ first impression of you is unfortunate? I’m hoping to be able to actually answer this question in the process of writing about it.

We’ve all felt this way at least once in our lives; that we are so inferior to those around us that we shouldn’t even be in the same room, breathing the same air. When I was in 4th grade, auditions were held for piano players to accompany the chorus. At the time, I was listlessly enduring forced piano lessons. I felt nothing but confusion and dread for the piano and a primal desperation to please my controlling, expectant mother that to this day brings me to my knees. I thought it would please her if I auditioned even though I had no business doing so. I wrote my name on the sign up sheet, and asked my instructor if she might help me learn the scores. Mrs. Swanson told me straight that the pieces were far too difficult for my level, but proceeded to help me eek out the first few measures. That was how far I got. I never even learned the entirety of one piece. The notes swam in front of me like swarms of insects, a language as overwhelmingly complex as Chinese and foreign as Swahili.

Any well-adjusted child would have just gone to school in the days before the audition, told Mrs. Cope to take their name off the list and gotten on with their life, but I was a train wreck of a child, so afraid of angering or disappointing others that for some reason that to this day I cannot find logic in, to withdraw seemed worse. I actually went to the audition, sat in a metal folding chair awaiting my turn as candidate after candidate played full and beautiful renditions of the music, a knot in my stomach so big it that for the first time in my young life I thought I might actually throw up from it. My name was called and I sat down at the piano and played the first few measures, barely, poorly. I was not hoping for some miracle to happen, that an angel would magically appear and channel me the skills to play it through. I was simply waiting for the torturous moment to be over, my head bowed in shame.

The way she looked at me. She looked at me like one looks at the reeking chewed up food remains that flood the sink when the garbage disposal breaks. She asked me, her disgust uncontained, what business I had wasting her time. I apologized, grabbed my stuff, and ran from the room. From that day forward, in class once a week for two more years, I shrank in Mrs. Cope’s presence, the heat rushing to my ears and the giant rock returning to the pit of my stomach as if the nightmare was yesterday.

It just can’t get worse than that. It never did get worse, but the experience with Mrs. Cope will always make me wonder how bombing an audition is a lot more than just having a bad day that will soon be forgotten. Today, I got a sense that allowing myself to be my most vulnerable at an elite pole dancing audition would alter the terrain of my outer social landscape. To be fair, I’m not even referring to an actual event of colossally awkward proportions; I did not fall off the pole or break wind audibly at the apex of my solo. I simply didn’t nail all my tricks or surge forward with grace and finesse, grounded in my body, in perfect union with the music. I got so lost in nerves that I couldn’t even hear the music. Yet, I may not have even done as poorly as I think I did. I may not even be officially out of my league, but just toward the bottom of it, which I think is okay, even if it’s not the most comfortable place to be, even if some individuals at the top of the league try to defend their positions by saying, in no words at all, that those at the bottom do not belong.

I would be lying if I said I didn’t feel the difference between the open warmth with which the audition director greeted me and the lukewarm indifference with which she returned my farewell–or, perhaps this is all in my head. Perhaps I was so absorbed in my own expectations of myself that I didn’t realize I was catching her at a bad moment. While it does not serve me to worry (that’s not to say that I won’t), it will serve me to be aware of the possibility that next time I run into the director, her assessment of my competence today will color the direction of the interaction, the level of expectation. And that will have to be not only okay with me, but embraced as an opportunity to prove otherwise. It takes courage to be a winner, but it also takes fortitude to be a loser, to tell the world, not just in words but in actions, that you believe in yourself and the possibility of your dreams before you have arrived at them.

In hopes of not sounding arrogant but completely and utterly, humbly grateful, I’ll talk in contrast about being at the top of my home league. While I am not yet an elite pole dancer, I am a gifted dancer, a pole artist of particular potential. With minimal formal training, I have been mistaken for a professional dancer. A physical assessment of my core and upper body strength without preparation read off the charts. Strangers have asked to take pictures with me after my performances. I have been showered with respect and admiration, support and love, told by many that I am an inspiration to them, that they see something special in the way I move, a phenomenal and rare potential, that they are brought to tears by my work. Women who are now dear friends of mine have told me they saw me on the pole and were at first intimidated to approach me.

I just restated all the ways, big and small, directly and indirectly, that I have received recognition for my talent because today, every little thing that was ever said and done by others willing to truly see me for all I have and wish to offer the pole community mattered deeply to me when I was at the bottom of a bigger totem pole. For everyone who has ever took the time out of your day to acknowledge my efforts, I am so grateful to you. Know that I remembered what you said today, when I most needed it.

I have thought a lot about what it means to be humble. If I was truly humble, would I dare admit all these things in writing? If I was truly humble, wouldn’t I tuck such flattery away in the privacy of my head, to be revisited by me and me alone, never to be brought out into the daylight because they look like walls, weapons? Women bond over contests to see who can demonstrate the most humility, the most deference to her peers. Women feel socially pressured by other women to apologize for being excellent, as if their success impedes rather than inspires others to have the same. Don’t I fear being marked as a braggart by my comrades or having someone who is more excellent and competent than I am tell me that I am mistaken?

Today, I’m taking a risk. I’m not going to delete the list of ways that my work and potential have been seen and appreciated by others because today at the audition where the tables were turned, my recollection comes from a place of gratitude to others and respect for myself. It is my hope that by showing respect for both others and myself, I can inspire the same in others. The part that still bothers me a little is the part where I mention how others have told me they were intimidated by me. Why would I derive an ego boost from something like being scary to others? Do I get off on the ammunition that this admittance gives me? At the audition, I spent lots of time being intimidated by others, feeling the magnitude of their power and prowess wash over me as I struggled to stay present and confident.

In recognizing another’s power, does that have to mean feeling smaller in comparison when I am simply on a different part of my journey to greatness? Despite the myriad of shrinking feelings I left the pole audition with, I am so glad I went. I did belong there. I didn’t deserve the part, but I certainly deserved the opportunity to try for it. Auditions are not just about the one person who wins it because if only that one person destined to win showed up, nobody would be pushed a little closer to their greatest potential. While it was very clear I should have backed out of that piano audition two decades ago, I was not wasting anybody’s time by challenging myself to hold my own on the pole, to taste the focus and clarity of mind required to compete, to go forth with boldness when not everyone’s smiling up at you.

Looking back, even though I missed some tricks I thought I had in the bag and revealed the hesitancy of recovery, my ability to trick-out was absolutely not the most minimal nor the least promising among the group. Despite the fact that I was not the strongest or most flexible, despite the fact that learning choreography under pressure sucks my confidence, and despite my feelings of inadequacy around my non-ballet background that may always be my Achilles’ heel, if there is anything I know about myself, it is that I can dance the way *I* dance, with vigor, flow, intensity, presence, sensuality, confidence, emotion and utmost beauty, and that the way I dance alone, stands out. At my next audition, I hope to be mentally prepared enough to show this. The scariest part of today’s experience was when I couldn’t hear the music, even though there was nothing wrong with the volume or my hearing. When I lost my body-connection to the music, I lost connection to myself, floated above myself watching everything unravel.

I was reminded today that to perform at an elite level, all of it must be like breathing. To do a butterfly to an ayesha from an iguana mount to a chopper to a cupid to an to an iron X to a dead lift phoenix–that’s all well and good, but I want, I need more than that. I need to do all those things and more with the same ease that I tread water, with the same ease that I breath, to relish losing my breath to the demands of these sequences equally to how I relish finally getting it back.

Finally, I was reminded that when you do decide to go for it, it doesn’t matter if you think the pole is slippery or that you’re feeling under the weather or that you’re unable to focus under pressure, that your precarious self confidence in the next league up from yours is easily toppled by complex energies in the room or the fact that you missed some counts that have already passed. All of these things are important parts of the test, obstacles that are mental and surmountable by those who should be at the top. Nobody is going to feel sorry for you and it would be a disservice to you if they did.

Are you a pole dancing soul in a spiritual body, committed to a deeper intuitive connection with self, with the Divine and with our animals guides?

Dr. Stephen L. Barrett, DPM, FACAS, Phoenix, On Sports Injuries And Their Treatment

Dr. Stephen L. Barrett, DPM, FACFAS, Phoenix, is considered to be one of the world’s experts in the treatment and diagnosis of heel pain. Dr. Barrett is the first surgeon to introduce minimally invasive endoscopic surgery to the foot in addition to several other surgical techniques which he has invented.

Dr. Barrett is an accomplished physician certified in foot and ankle surgery by The American Board of Podiatric Surgery. He is the U.S. Patent holder for the development of two endoscopic surgical procedures: endoscopic plantar fasciotomy (EPF) and endoscopic decompression fasciotomy (EDIN). He has trained over 5,000 surgeons throughout the word in his surgical techniques. He is a contributing editor for The Journal of the American Podiatric Association and Practical Pain Management as well as serving on the board of Podiatry Today.

We were fortunate enough to take a few minutes of Dr. Barrett’s time to ask him about the diagnosis and treatment of common sports injuries to the foot and ankle.

Dr. Barrett, what is the most common sports injury you encounter in your practice?

DR. BARRETT: Easily it would be a sprained ankle.

What is the usual cause and treatment? What are some of the misconceptions people normally have about this kind of injury?

DR. BARRETT: Something they do in their sport causes their ankle to roll in. For example, in basketball, they may come down on somebody else’s foot or land on the inside of their foot. We call that an inversion ankle sprain. For a runner, a little hole in the sidewalk or that type of thing will cause the same effect.

The way to treat it if it’s mild is just with what we call RICE – Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation. If it’s a very mild injury, this regimen usually will resolve the inflammation and pain within a few days. If it’s a moderate sprain or strain, it could take longer to start to feel better. You can usually tell how bad it is by the amount of bruising and the amount of pain and swelling. If it’s more than just a mild ankle sprain, still very painful after a day or so with no change in pain, then they should get it evaluated. It is important to have x-rays taken and make sure there’s no fracture or any other type of injury.

Do you find that individuals will let something like an injury go for too long? In other words, they think that it’s minor but in reality it’s something that needs to be addressed?

DR. BARRETT: Everybody’s different, everybody has different pain tolerances and athletes are usually much tougher individuals than non-athletes. They try to get back to their program quicker than somebody who is not as hardcore of an athlete. But what happens occasionally is that, with an inversion ankle sprain, there are a few injuries that will not show up until the sprain itself has healed.

One such possible injury is called an osteochrondral lesion of the talus (ankle) bone. What that means is a little piece of the top of the ankle bone where there’s cartilage on top of it gets bumped or impacted, and it often times this won’t show up until maybe six weeks after the injury.

By that time, the sprain has healed but the area is still nagging them and the patient can’t figure out why, why is this still hurting after this period of time? Most sprains or strains are completely healed after six weeks, so pain that persists past that time is a red flag. There are two other injuries that are commonly associated with this type of problem. One is called Sinus Tarsi Syndrome. There’s a little hole between the ankle bone and the heel bone and there’s some little tiny nerves in that area that will get stretched and pulled with that type of injury.

These nerves can send pain signals back to the brain. It’s not truly the ankle joint that’s affected, it’s actually the joint below the ankle joint called the subtalar joint but it’s so close anatomically that most patients can’t figure it out. They just think “well, my ankle” because it’s literally maybe a centimeter or two centimeters from the ankle joint itself. So that’s another injury that’s very common. Usually six months down the line they’ll come in and say “you know, my foot just hurts on the outside top of it and I had this ankle injury or ankle pain six months ago, and it’s still bothering me… ”

The third condition is what we call a common peroneal nerve injury. If you go just below your knee to the outside of your leg you can feel a little bump. That’s the fibular head, or the top of the long, skinny bone of the leg. There’s a nerve that runs right around that area called the common peroneal nerve. It’s a very important nerve because it allows people to be able to bring their foot up. When that nerve gets injured, sometimes a person will develop what is commonly called a “drop foot.” They are almost paralyzed, so to speak, from not being able to bring their foot up.

That injury can sometimes be very latent, from months to even years where a patient will just have a nagging sensation or they may feel a little weakness. Sometimes the patients describe that they “feel like my foot is slapping on the floor”. Over time, the nerve damage, if left untreated, causes the nerve to degenerate, and then we have less options for helping the patient. If a few months after a strain, you are having trouble bending your toes towards your ankle, please see some one trained in peripheral nerve.

So, those are some of the things that you have to factor in with that particular injury.

Doctor, let’s talk a little bit about footwear for athletes like runners. How important is the right footwear for injury prevention for somebody who is active like a runner?

DR. BARRETT: It’s extremely important. There’s different biomechanics just like we have different genetics. Every foot is different. If you put a foot in the wrong shoe and you put enough mileage on it, you’re going to get some biomechanical breakdown. That’s pretty intuitive, I think, that everybody would agree with that. The shoe companies have become extremely sophisticated in what they’re trying to do with controlling people’s biomechanics.

The problem is that’s more of a generic type of blanket coverage, so to speak, and the shoe chosen may not actually take care of the user from a stress standpoint, number of cycles standpoint, or it may in fact be the wrong shoe for them entirely. You need to look at that from a biomechanical standpoint, what kind foot does this patient have and is that shoe that they’re wearing really suited for them?

One of the things that I always recommend is that if somebody has an unusual foot condition, have it evaluated by somebody who knows biomechanics. Then, instead of trying to have the shoe take care of the problem, have a custom orthotic made by somebody who understands your specific biomechanics. That orthotic can be transferred from shoe to shoe so it actually ends up saving you money in the long run.

Invariably, there are a lot of folks out there who will come in with a bag of 8 or 10 pairs of different shoes, and they’ll try to find a shoe that fixes their problem when in fact no shoe will fix their problem. They actually need more of a significant treatment.

To wrap this up, what do you feel is the most important consideration that one should make when choosing a podiatrist for treatment?

DR. BARRETT: Well, I think that there are a couple of things. Podiatry is a very interesting profession because it’s a young profession and it’s a highly specialized profession so there are people within the podiatric profession that specialize just in children, people who specialize just in biomechanics, people who specialize primarily in surgery, included very specific areas such as peripheral nerve surgery for the lower extremity. If the patient really knows what their problem is, they should do a little bit of research to find out if that particular doctor has a focus or an interest in that area.

That makes perfect sense. Thank you, Dr. Barrett, for taking the time to speak with us today.

DR. BARRETT: You’re very welcome.

Dr. Stephen Barrett, DPM, FACFAS, Phoenix, can be contacted at his clinic in Phoenix at 480-478-0780. His business website is

By Kevin Nimmo –

Kevin Nimmo is a writer and online media strategist. He interviews subject matter experts and educates his readers based on information provided by experts in their respective fields. He is also Executive Editor of The Western Medical Journal.

The Battle Of The Bunion

Battles are seldom won without understanding the nature of the enemy; in this case: bunions. A bunion is foot problem, occurring mostly in women, expressed as a bump on the inner side of the foot where the big toe joins the foot. Their excessive occurrence in women (10 times more common than men) has little to do with gender and just about everything to do with shoes.

People, even women who do not wear shoes, seldom suffer a bunion. Absolute assignment of cause still eludes medical science, but it is known that women’s shoe fashion contributes greatly to the occurrence of bunions.

The effect of a bunion is that the big toe pushes toward the other toes, crowding them. There is also evidence of additional bone formation at the bunion site, much like a bone spur. Rarely, bunions have been observed to form on the outer foot region where the little, fifth toe joins the foot, commonly referred to as a “tailor’s bunion.”

Narrow-toed women’s shoe fashion is closely tied to the occurrence of bunions, but it is not known if the misalignment of the big toe is due to the bunion formation or the pinching of the toes resulting from the narrow toe of the shoe. Also, the coincident design of narrow-toed women’s shoes with high-heel spikes further exacerbates the creation of bunions.

However, it is also thought that bunions have a genetic factor since they are sometimes seen in younger people without a history of wearing narrow-toed high heels. Additionally, other foot conditions have witnessed bunion development, including arthritis and repetitive foot injury, such as is common with dancers.

Even though a bunion may be an obvious bump with misalignment of the big toe, not all incidents of bunions express pain as an associated symptom, although it is very common. A bunion may also be accompanied by redness of the skin and slight swelling and tenderness around the bunion.

Proper diagnosis by a foot doctor is important because gout, an entirely different condition with completely different treatment procedures, expresses visually much like a bunion. An x-ray of the foot will easily diagnose a bunion versus gout, and treatment may proceed appropriately.

There are non-surgical and surgical procedures available to treat a bunion. However, it should be noted that current non-surgical procedures are not curative; they merely treat the pain and discomfort associated with a bunion.

The most effective non-surgical treatment is to wear shoes with wide toes. Over-the-counter or prescription medications for pain may also be sufficiently effective. Avoid excessive walking during particularly painful periods and also apply the above techniques. Concentrated stretching exercises of the toe will relieve stress and tension. Protective devices like moleskin can relieve pressure against the bunion. Arch supports also relieve pressure on the big toe. Finally, the doctor may prescribe local pain-medication injections like cortisone.

The doctor may prescribe surgery to eliminate the bunion. The intent of surgery is to remove the bony growth, the root of the bunion, its pain and discomfort and cosmetic irritation. However, relying on old habits of narrow shoes may cause a repeat bunion, so surgery should be accompanied by other fashion choices for permanent battle victory.

Understanding What Bunions Are

For some people, bunions can be a devastating and debilitating condition. The good news is that this is a common type of problem and there are ways to overcome the condition. This type of condition is often present for a short period of time, especially if it receives the proper care. A bunion is a condition in which an area enlarges. This usually occurs at the inner portion of a joint, at the base of a person’s largest toe. What is it? Why is it happening to you? What can you do about it?

What Is It?

Bunions are actually additional bone formation that occurs in this region. It can often happen when there is a misalignment of the largest toe on your foot. This misalignment may be caused by the big toe’s movement outward. This process is called hallux valgus deformity. It sounds worse than it is, though. In most people who have a straight big toe, the toe extends outward and forward. Those that have this condition, on the other hand, have a toe that is directed further towards the smaller toes on the foot instead of straight forward.

Do You Have It?

Aside from the actual enlargement that occurs, there are other signs that this condition is occurring. A small sac of fluid will occur at the location next to the joint. This can become inflamed and swelling can occur. However, even if these sacs do not develop, the area where the bunion is occurring and swell. It can become tender and painful, too. Sometimes, the skin reddens.

Why You Have It?

Why does this condition have to happen to you? The risk factors for developing them are higher for women. In addition, those who wear tight fitting shoes, including high heels and shoes with very narrow toes are most likely to develop this condition due to the pressure it puts on the alignment of the largest toe. However, scientists do not know for sure what the cause of this condition is.

What Can You Do?

If you are struggling with pain and discomfort from bunions, the good news is that there are treatment options available to you. Most of the nonsurgical procedures include reducing walking and wearing larger, or wider, shoes. There are some medications that doctors can offer to help with the pain. Other medications help to reduce the inflammation occurring at the site. It will be important to reduce the tension present. In some situations, it may be necessary to talk to your doctor about surgical procedures to remove them for good. Most people will find improvement from the pain and tenderness by using these steps to overcome the condition.

A Beginner’s Guide to Buying Shares Intelligently

Practically everyone takes a flawed approach to buying stocks. So, practically everyone ends up with a rotten loss-making portfolio.

So here’s a beginner’s (or for that matter, even an expert’s) list of dos and don’ts…

But remember… you have to do lots of “donkey” work to become a successful “bull” on the stock markets. You must also have monumental patience and play stocks with a long-term perspective. Hoping to multiply money in quick time is a definite recipe for disaster.

1. First and foremost, you have to understand and appreciate that when you are buying stocks you are NOT buying some symbols on the screen. Instead, you are buying an underlying business. You are becoming a partner in that business. Therefore, you share its profits and its losses. That is why the term… shareholder.

2. It is but obvious that you have to buy sunrise businesses. If the products and services of any industry are not in demand, it would be foolhardy to become a partner in such businesses.

3. However, quite often, two companies in the “same industry” follow diametrically opposite paths… one profitable and the other losing money. The answer to this oddity lies in the quality of entrepreneurship. Good managements make good businesses. Bad managements fail frequently. Backing proven managers is, therefore, the most sacrosanct and inviolable principle of investing in stocks.

4. Sometimes even good managements and good businesses go through tough times. Therefore, apart from ascertaining that the company is running a good business and managed by a good team, you have to ensure that it makes good sales and earns good profits. Never invest in a loss-making company, unless you see strong signs of a turnaround in the near future.

5. Operational performance is one part of the story. The other significant aspect is its financial foundation. All businesses have to withstand the vagaries of the economy. For example, too much debt may not be an issue during good times. But it can seriously threaten even the existence of the company when economic conditions turn bleak. As such, strong balance sheets always make a dependable choice.

6. Wait… a company with excellent business, excellent management, excellent financial strength and excellent profits, is not the green signal to cut your cheque. No. There is one more critical parameter – its market price. If the price is too high relative to its underlying valuation, even excellent shares will not make money for you. A reasonable PEG ratio determines a reasonable stock to buy.

This is the safe, sensible and steady approach to buying shares. It would surely give you a lot more winners than losers. And, to succeed you don’t need ALL the players to do well. A few good performances, backed by at least average play from others will definitely win you most matches.

Buying Shares – Tips For Beating The Stock Market

In the present uncertain economic climate, many investors are wary of investing in the stock market. Some are even asking whether they should stop buying shares, and invest in items that are traditionally viewed as less risky, such as gold or government bonds. While it is true that investing in stocks and shares is risky at the moment, it should be remembered that such risk always exists, even in the middle of a stock market boom. There is no reason why the astute private investor cannot buy shares today and secure a handsome return overall in the long term, and this article offers tips on how to achieve that.

It is important to say that profit can’t be guaranteed on individual share purchases. For a variety of reasons – wider market conditions, global recession, issues specific to the company or group in question – it can happen that the price of a stock falls below the level at which it was purchased, and stays there. In this case, a classic strategy by small investors is to hang on to the stock until they can receive how much they paid out. This is wrong, as it can lead to an investment tied up long term in a moribund stock: it would be much better to sell at a loss and invest in shares that are likely to rise and make a healthy profit, over and above the money originally paid out. When buying shares it pays not to be too inflexible in strategy, but to be open to opportunities to make money, even at the risk of taking a temporary loss.

When buying shares initially, or when selecting which shares to buy, research is the key to avoiding losses. Never buy on a whim: always thoroughly research all of the issues surrounding any purchase. There are a number of different areas it is essential to research.

The first is to conduct general research on the stock market as a whole. Is the recent market trend for shares to rise or fall in price? Are any sectors performing better than others? Will any recent national or international events affect the performance of the market as a whole, or of individual sectors? All of these can determine which types of shares may be ripe for purchase. Places to research this information can be national newspapers and magazines, financial and political websites, and publications and websites particular to the stock markets themselves.

Once a sector or even individual company worthy of investment has been selected, then the relevant sector of the economy must be researched. Who are the big players? What are the trends in that sector? Is any new technology imminent that will change how the sector operates, bringing in new companies? Are any companies in danger of failing, and if so what is the cause? An effective analysis of these factors is of great use in finding a company to invest in whose stocks are undervalued and likely to rise. Sources of information can be trade magazines and websites, trade association publications, specialist scientific/technical magazines, and the usual financial publications and sites.

Finally, once a company has been selected it must be researched in detail before shares are purchased. What is the company’s trading record over the last five, ten or even twenty years? Is it profitable? Are there any potential threats to its income? Are there any new innovations it is developing that could boost income? How does it perform in relation to comparable companies in the same sector? All of these factors must be researched in detail before a decision is made to buy shares: a large amount of money could be lost if any corners are cut.

So it can be seen that many factors can influence the decision on which shares to purchase. Here are some key points to remember:

Be prepared to make a loss on individual stocks to ensure long term profits.
Never buy stocks and shares on a whim.
Research the stock market as a whole. What sectors are ripe for investment?
Research the target sector. Which companies’ share prices are undervalued compared to their potential?
Research the target company in detail. Are there any hidden problems? How does it compare to the rest of the sector?

Buying Shares

There are two different ways you can purchase shares; the first is from the actual company right when the shares are first being offered. This is when the company is trying to raise money by offering out shares to be bought by the public. The second way is to buy shares from other investors through the share market.

Before buying shares, you will probably need your funds available, as this will be required by most firms when buying shares of stock. In addition, you should also set up a trading account before trading as most brokers require this. Shares are always bought through stockbrokers, so before you start buying stock shares, you’ll need to find a stock broker.

There are many different types of brokers, some deal over the phone, some use post, and many use online services. Online dealing is the cheapest and most brokers use that nowadays. When choosing a broker, make sure that they are suited to fit your specific trading requirements, and that they provide you with quality information and quick execution when buying and selling stocks. Also, they should be well versed on the markets available and the different costs of services and shares.

When buying shares, many people like to do their own research on which shares to buy, they educated themselves and research on certain shares and then make well informed decisions on which ones to buy. People who do this will only need a broker to execute the actual act of buying the shares; these brokers are called execution-only brokers. These brokers will not provide you with any types of advice on which shares to buy, because the decision is yours, they’re only job is to buy or sell the shares for you. They may, however, offer a variety of different types of research tools and online tools to help get a background on the market.

The second type of share buying service is called the Rolls Royce service. These brokers will offer you a large amount of advice, they will help you to form trading strategies and try their best to suit your personal financial plan. These brokers will also help to advice you on buying shares and help monitor your investments, although the final decision rest on the client. There are some broker services however, which enable a broker to buy or sell different shares without having to ask for approval from the client. To do this, one must have a high amount of trust in the skills of the broker, this service can also prove to be very expensive as it is very highly tailored to the individual and require a lot of research from the broker.

For those who are very new to the market, you may need a broker that can help to advise you on which shares to buy or sell. Execution-only brokers are much cheaper services, however, and some brokers will not accept you as an advisory client unless you have a large amount of money to invest.

Shares Trading – How to Buy Shares

A share is defined in the world of finance as a unit of account for various financial instruments including stocks, mutual funds, limited partnerships, and REIT’s (Real Estate Investment Trust). In the English language the use of the word share to refer solely to stocks is very common and it has come to be synonymous with the word stock itself.

In laymen terms, a share or stock is a document issued by a company that entitles its holder to part ownership in the company. A share can be issued by a company or may be purchased from the stock market via a stock broker. We often hear the term “dividend” in the news media but people new to share trading can be sometimes be confused as to what exactly a dividend is. Dividends are payments made by a corporation to its shareholders. It is the portion of profits that the company has earned paid out to shareholders. Corporations can either re-invest their profits in the business, or pay profits out to the shareholders as a dividend. Often times, corporations will retain a portion of their earnings and pay the remainder as a dividend.

Dividends are one reason why share trading is so popular amongst investors and traders. If the company you own shares in makes a profit and pays out a dividend, you will earn the dividend and still hold your share position. If you choose to sell your shares you will make a capital gain in addition to the dividends you have earned over the years, a capital gain is the money you gain if your shares have increased in value since the time of purchase. However, it is also possible to incur a capital loss if you sell your shares at a price below what you bought them for. Proper research before buying shares in a company is crucial; if you find a company with good long-term growth prospects you can reap the benefits of increasing capital gains while simultaneously collecting dividend pay outs.

Buying shares is very easy today with ease of access that the internet has brought about. There are a few different ways in which to buy shares however, some people prefer to use a stock broker, this is a person or a firm that trades on behalf of the client, you tell them what you want to invest in and they will issue the buy or sell order. A full service stock broker will provide various services, at a fee, some of these services include investment research advice, tax planning, and retirement planning. There are also discount brokers who will allow you to buy and sell shares at a low rate but don’t provide any investment advice. Finally, for people who do not need or want assistance from an actual stock broker there are online brokers that allow you to buy and sell shares entirely over the internet with no need for a human stock broker.

Share trading has exploded in popularity recently with the advent of wireless internet and ever expanding Wi-Fi “hot spots”. It is entirely possible to now buy and sell shares in a company over certain cell phones that are internet enabled. For most retail traders and investors who spend the time to do a little extra research on shares of companies they are interested in buying, share trading is very lucrative and is a great way to diversify your finances. Share trading allows people to participate in all kinds of sectors, brands, and services. The ease and simplicity of internet share trading has made it possible for anyone who is interested in buying shares to do so.

Buying Shares – A Simple Share Buying Strategy

Have you been wanting to buy some shares but haven’t been sure when to take that leap? Taking the leap to buy shares can be hard to judge. So when do you buy into the market? It can be especially difficult for you if you are new to share trading. I think it is always a good idea to watch your chosen share for at least a week, maybe even a month if possible before deciding when to buy your chosen share. If you can stretch the watching out to the month it will be worthwhile as you will have a better idea of how the share works, and what price would be fair to buy the share at. If you wait much longer than the month you may miss an ideal buying opportunity.

This strategy is simple to execute and will ensure that you’ve bought at a fair price, it may not be the best price to buy the share but it will be fair. So here is a simple share buying strategy that you can use anytime regardless of how the market is tracking.

Divide the purchase of your chosen share into three parts. You will be buying your shares at three different prices. When buying shares this way it doesn’t matter when you get into the market, as it will even out the purchase price of your shares. If after your first share purchase the market goes up you have gotten you first share purchase at a discount, if it goes down then your next share purchase will be at a discount.

So while this may not guarantee that you will buy your shares at the best price it will give you an even buy every time. It doesn’t matter whether the stock market is bullish, bearish or even neutral you will have a high price, a low price and a price somewhere in the middle.

Tip: Set up a watch list

If your not sure what shares you would like to purchase set up a watch list of five to ten shares that you are interested in and watch how they perform. Most trading platforms will allow you to do this free of charge.

One Last Tip: Check the last five days

The Australian Stock Exchange website gives you the details of the last 5 days closing prices, high & low prices. It’s a great way to review where the share has been and if there are any trends. Most other stock exchange websites should be able to provide you with the same information.

Buying Shares Online

Post, telephone or online are just some of the media used to purchase and sell shares. These days however, people are taking more interest in buying shares online because it is the cheapest, fastest and most convenient way of dealing shares. Internet share dealing is considered as “execution only” which can be described as a system in which it is up to a broker who carries out instructions on your dealing like selling and buying shares online.

Some companies who offer internet share services, the activities are done in real time so that the client, in this case, you, are aware of the stock prices that you are paying for. There are many companies, however, that bundle up buying shares online, and most of them choose to trade during the end of the business day when the costs are down.

In and online share purchase, yours will most likely be a nominee account, which pertains to accounts held by another person for a beneficial owner. It is usually held by a stockbroker on your behalf. This is way your name won’t appear on the company’s register. However, since you are not registered, you will not receive company reports and any other perks associated to registered accounts. All the activities will involve a broker who will charge an agreed upon fee per stock that you buy and sell.

One important thing to remember when buying shares online is to always compare prices on the board. It will be towards your benefit to inquire about the current prices for basic trade and services applicable to those who trade daily called frequent trader service. There may be extra service fees like the cost of ISA wrappers that are self-selecting. Being familiar with these rates will help you become aware of the going fees and will also help you avoid hidden costs being attached at times when the offer is suspiciously low.

Buying shares online have gained wide popularity over the years because of the convenience it offers. For people who are busy and do not have the time to update, buying shares online is the best option for them. Aside from convenience, the internet offers numerous options in companies offering online share trading, this way; an interested buyer or seller can compare companies and what they have to offer.

There are many resources one can find on the internet regarding buying shares online. One of the most reputable companies that offer offline and online share trading is TD Waterhouse which is based in UK. The company offers convenient and inexpensive options for share dealing services and regular trading as well.

Learning the ropes of buying shares online is basically uncomplicated and easy even for those who do not have the experience. The rates are much lower than that of a broker who will buy and sell stocks for you, so you save more money which you can then use to buy more shares. Buying shares online is the most practical way when it comes to share trading.