By Ken Little, About.com Guide
What is Investing?
What is investing and how does it differ from saving? Readers will find information to help them reframe their thinking about investing.
- What is Investing?
- Should You Own Stocks or Mutual Funds?
- Investing in Stocks Offers Great Opportunities
- How to Invest a Tax Refund
- Finding Money in Your Budget for Investing
- Setting Investing Goals is Important
- Why Investing Goals Should Change over Time
- FAQ on Stocks and Investing
- Glossary of Stock and Investing Terms
Introduction to Stocks
Common stock represents a share of ownership in a company and carries certain rights with it. Here's what you need to know about the basics of stock and stock ownership.
- Introduction to Stocks
- Stock Prices
- Understanding Stock Quotes
- Understanding Stock Share Terms
- Stock Sectors - How to Classify Stocks
- Understanding What Effects Stock Prices
- Weak Demand Important Factor in Stock Pricing
- Supply and Demand Drive Stock Prices
- What Market Indexes Tell Us
- Preferred Shares of Stock Not so Much
- Understanding Stock Diversification
- Use all Four Asset Classes to Build your Portfolio
- Bull and Bear Stock Markets Two Sides of Same Coin
- Stock Market Labels: Bear or Correction
- Good Stories may make Good Stocks
- Avoiding Pump and Dump Stock Scams
- Don't be a Victim of Investing Scams
- Don't Count on Stocks for Short-Term Goals
- Stock Market Schedule for 2008
- Inflation Worse than Recession for many Stock Investors
Risk vs Reward
Investing is about balancing risk and reward. The amount of risk you assume should be proportionate to the anticipated reward. If you assume to much risk for too little reward, you are in a bad investment. Managing risk is an important fundamental for investing.
- Understanding Risk
- Types of Investing Risks
- Watch Your Risk Tolerance
- Managing Your Risk
- How to Calculate Risk Premium
- Stuck in Bad Investment Thanks to Stockbroker
- Investing to Avoid the Longevity Risk
- Better to Pay Taxes than Risk Stock Losses
- Diversify Your Stocks Correctly to Avoid Losses
- Expectations of High Returns May Lead to Disappointment
- Never Buy a "Great Stock"
- Employee Stock Purchase Plans
Stocks have characteristics that make them unique investments. Dividends, buybacks, and other terms are important terms for investors to know, because they often mean a change in your investment's value.
- The Benefits of Long Term Investing
- Making Money with Dividends
- Stock Price is not the same as Value
- Understanding Stock Splits
- Stock Buyback can Benefit Shareholders
- Understanding Cyclical and Non-Cyclical Stocks
- Ride Out the Stock Market - It's the Better Move
- Stock Market's PE Helpful Gauge
- Beware of Stock's Witching Hour
- Utility Stocks Offer Refuge in Troubled Economy
- Stocks that Go Up May Stay Up or Not
- Protect Stock Profits - Watch those Expenses
- Consider REITs for High Income
- Investing and Taxes
- Stock Investors Don't Get Many Tax Breaks
- Picking Stocks is like Buying a Car
- How to Invest a Tax Refund or Rebate
- Stock Investors should Avoid the Extremes
Bonds have their own language and means of evaluation. These articles cover the basics through more advanced topics such as bond pricing and valuation.
- Bond Basics
- The Long Bond Returns
- Muni Bond Market Headed for Big Change?
- Understanding Bond Types
- Understanding Zero Coupon Bonds
- How to Use Zero Coupon Bonds
- Convertible Bonds - A Good Investment?