Investment clubs are about as much about learning about the ins
and outs of investing as they are about delivering market
profits. However, without a clear education program in place, a
club can find itself dabbling in various areas without ever
creating a real sense of understanding with its members.
Wanting good market profits are an easy result to understand.
There is simply so much to learn about investing, from the
different markets, to the regulations, to how to use NAIC's
Stock Selection Guide.
To boost good market profits, when your investment club is just
starting out you'll want to have educational material that is
going to give all the members an overview of how investing
works. As members become more experienced and knowledgeable
about investing, you'll want your educational program to become
The clubs Education officer or Vice President should determine
that focus, with the input of the club members. Find out what
people are interested in learning about, and where they feel
they need to know more. No matter where you are in the level of
education material that you're looking at you'll want to have a
definite plan about what you want to learn. Start out slow
with your market profits and educational program and build up.
You may want to start by learning about the different types of
stock analysis, and getting a feel for how the many different
tools are used. There may be times when you want to ask a guest
speaker to your meetings to give you first hand experience of
the investing world. This is a great way to get information that
you can actively use in your own investment club. Experienced
investors can give you an overview of their own investing
guidelines and advice, thus by boosting market profits.
To get a better grip on how market profits are made, the club
could also consider organizing a field trip to a stock exchange,
or perhaps use a pop quiz to shake things up a little. As long
as all the members of the club are involved, the education
component of your meeting will be a vital part of the club
There are a number of places on the internet where you can learn
more about investing, some of which are geared specifically to
investment clubs. Here are a few links to some of the sites I
have found to be the most useful.
National Association of Investors Corporation (NAIC) This site
has a wealth of information about investing in general and about
investment clubs. It's a good site to start with.
US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) This website has
good basic information about investment club regulations.
Securities and Exchange Commission Office of Investor Education
and Assistance 450 Fifth Street, N.W. Washington, D.C.
Bivio This is a good online source of useful information for
investment clubs that can help boost market profits. Specific
clubs have websites through Bivio, which often post their own
education programs, and other insights they have into running an
investment club. http://www.bivio.com/index.html
The Motley Fool This site has a wide variety of investment
information, including a section on investment clubs.
Investopedia.com Another education site covering all aspects
Investment Calculators These tools can help you calculate a
variety of information that includes the future value and
present value of stocks. http://www.investopedia.com/calculator/
There are other sites available that will help you boost market
profits. But, these are only a few of the many information
resources available online to your investment club. They are a
great way to kick start your education program, to find ideas
for topics to study, and to find answers to any investing
questions your club members might have.