Researching Penny Shares
If you do decide that the excitement and profit potential of penny shares are simply to good to resist, it's important that you do your research and make sound investments based on what you learn.
In all modes of investment - not just in shares - it pays to have as much background information as possible so that you can make an informed decision when the time comes.
Knowing when to buy and sell can be what makes or breaks an investment.
One of the most important elements to consider when you are researching penny shares is the industry that the company you are interested in belongs to. Does the company provide a product or service that is unique within the industry? Is it a start-up company in an already saturated market? How have other companies within the industry been performing lately? How much do outside factors effect the industry (does the price of oil, the political climate, or even the time of year have an impact)? Is the industry governed by a regulatory body, and if so, could policy changes made by this regulatory body severely hinder the success of the companies involved in the industry?
Second, research the company in question as thoroughly as you can. How old is it? Who manages it, and what background does the management have? Does the company have a policy of financial transparency, and will it be honest with its shareholders? Has there been any talk of a take-over or buy-out? If it is a new company, has it released a development plan for the next few years? If it is an older company, how has it been effected by the economic climate in the past?
In answering these questions you can ensure that you have a clearer picture of the company you are considering buying shares in; it also allows you to predict when the share value will rise, when the value will fall, and when you will need to sell your investment in order to retain your profit.