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Don't let Stock Market Disrupt your Plan
Turmoil in the stock market may tempt investors to drop their investment plan and react to the market. That's a bad idea.
Stock Market Labels: Bear or Correction
The movement of the S&P 500 tells us whether the stock market is a bull, bear or in a correction.
When Stock Short Sellers get the Squeeze
Short sellers, who profit when stocks fall, sometimes get caught when the market moves against them. In covering their shorts, they create a mini-rally.
Don't try to Time Bottom of Falling Stock Market
You are making a mistake if you try to time when a down market will turn around. Research shows you are better off staying in the market.
Good Stories may make Good Stocks
Companies with compelling stories may sound attractive, but it takes more than interesting ideas to make a good stock investment.
Slowing Economy not Good for Stocks' Future
Companies that don't invest in expansion may contribute to slowing economy.
Interest Rates and Stock Prices
The stock market closely watches interest rates for signs of change. Lower rates mean more money in the economy.
P/E is most Important Stock Valuation Tool
A stock's P/E is a key valuation measurement investors use to determine how much to pay for a stock.
Companies with too much Cash: Good Stock Buy?
When a company has too much cash, how it deals with the situation tells you much about whether this is a stock to own.
Fortune 500 'Gushed Profits'
Large companies have the resources to take advantage of global market conditions and their stock can reflect that strength.
Stocks Can't be Long-Term Forever
Stocks are a long-term investment and you shouldn't hold money you'll need in five years or less in stocks - they are too volatile.
Stocks Subject to Market Cycles
The stock market is subject to periodic sell-offs that do not necessarily indicate a long-term downward trend.
Preferred Shares of Stock Not so Much
Preferred stock has some unique features, however don't let the name fool you, these shares leave much to be desired.
Betas Aid in Stock Trading - But which Beta do You Use?
Betas tell you a lot about a stock's volatility, however checking multiple web sites you may find different answers to that question.
Stock Buyback can Benefit Shareholders
A company repurchases its stock for a variety of reasons, not all of them are good. However, a stock buyback can benefit stockholders by increasing the worth of their shares.
Understanding Stock Diversification
There two forms of diversification you should know to make your portfolio less volatile.
Understanding Bond Prices and Interest Rates
Bond prices move inversely to interest rates, when interest rates go up, bond prices go down and when interest rates go down, bond prices go up.
Finding Money in Your Budget for Investing
Here's a simple formula for freeing up money for investing out of your personal budget.
Understanding Stock Splits
Stock splits occur when a company splits its outstanding shares, usually 2 for 1. This reduces the share price and increases the number of outstanding shares.
Making Money with Dividends
Dividends are a way companies distribute a portion of their profits to shareholders.
Don't be Misled by this Stock Cliche
Don't fall into the trap of expecting a 10% return from your investments because that's what the market's averaged.
Inflation is Dangerous to Investors
Inflation is a major threat to the stock market and investors, especially those heavily invested in fixed income securities.
Calculating the Real Rate of Return on Investments
The real rate of return on an investment factors in inflation and taxes to give you a clearer picture of how much your purchasing power has increased.
Introduction to Stocks
What are stocks and what to they represent? Ownership is the key word for stockholders and the rights and privileges that go along with it.
Are Stock Buybacks a Good Deal?
Stock buybacks can be a good deal for stockholders or a smokescreen to hide weak financial ratios.