Most financial advisers and savvy investors will tell you at the key to long term success in retirement planning is a diversified portfolio. In other words, don't put all your eggs in one basket. For most investors, a large part of their portfolio includes stocks. Choosing which to buy raises the biggest challenge for most people, and many leave this part to a broker. For those who research and trade on their own, finding new types of stock to buy can be tough. There has been a lot of talk lately about natural gas stocks and whether or not they are wise in today's market.
I personally find energy stocks to be a wise choice, at least in the foreseeable future. While this can be a volatile industry, a smart investor can make loads of money. Natural gas stocks have been said to become more popular in the upcoming years due to the increase in natural gas exploration and the push for cleaner energy sources. It's clear that the United States is not interested in expanding it's nuclear plant capacity as they have not built any new nuclear power plants in the last 50 years. Meanwhile coal is still a huge industry in close competition with natural gas.
As a result of the increased demand for gas in the United States, natural gas stocks have become part of many investor's portfolios. Buy at the right time and you can be sure to see a nice return in a relatively short period of time, as energy prices are known for abrupt changes in price. When researching a natural gas company, you will want to see detailed financial reports and determine whether or not the company is making a profit and if i will continue to do so in the coming months/years.
Making sense of a company's financial reports can take some practice. Before investing in natural gas stocks, you might want to try using a stock simulator, which can be found buy doing a quick Google search. Although the money you use is not real, you can watch and 'trade' stocks in real time based on what real stocks are doing. The only difference is, the money you gain or lose is not real. This way, you can get the feel for choosing stock and playing the market in general before using your own money. If you are a newcomer to the stock market, you would be very wise to use a simulator for several months before risking your hard earned money.