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How "Trading" Stocks Really Works
How does a stock trade work? What happens after you call your broker? Follow a stock order through the process, both with a floor trader and electronically.
Beginner's Guide to Trading Stocks
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A Beginner Investor's Guide to Understanding...
Dividend Yield tells you what percentage return a company pays out in the form of dividends.
Top 13 Places to Trade Stock Online
Thirteen of the top online stock trading sites offer investors a wide variety of services including research and advice.
Learn How to Compare Stocks by Calculating...
Earnings per share or EPS is one way to compare companies, but it does not tell you about market value.
What Is Price to Earnings Ratio and How Is It...
The Price to Earnings Ratio is one of the most important numbers analysts look at to understand how the market values a stock.
Why a Stock's Share Price Doesn't Really Matter
Market cap is more important than per-share price because market cap tells you the value of the company.
How to Decipher Stock Quotes
Stock quotes, whether in the newspaper or online, offer a wealth of information if you understand the numbers.
Why Low Price Isn't the Best Reason to Buy Stock
If you go by price alone, you may end up paying too much for stocks and selling them for too little.
The Top 8 Tools of Fundamental Analysis
Fundamental analysis relies on several tools to give investors an accurate picture of the financial health of a company and how the market values the stock.
Basic Guide to Stock Ownership
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.
Part One: The Stock Market Doesn't Care About You
Despite the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, there are at least five good reasons to invest in stocks.
Trading Stocks for a Living: Can It Be Done?
Can you make a living trading stocks? What you need to know before you decide to become a full-time trader.
The Bid/Ask Spread, and How it Costs Investors
The stock exchanges use a system of bid and ask pricing to match buyers and sellers. The difference between the two prices is the bid/ask spread.
Are Stock Splits Good for Investors?
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.
How to Predict the Return on Your Investments
You can use a few simple calculations to determine how your investments are performing and what they are returning.
How to Use Market Indexes for Smart Investing
Market indexes like the Dow, S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite, can be useful tools if you understand what they do and do not represent.
Strong Dollar vs. Weak Dollar: What's the...
The value of the U.S. dollar plays an important role in our economy and for stock investors. Which is best, a strong dollar or a weak dollar?
Everything You Should Know About Buying Bonds
Bonds are an important part of every investor's portfolio. They provide safety and stability against the fluctuations of stocks.
The Beginner's Guide to Stock Orders
Stock orders, such as market orders, limit orders, stop loss orders, and trailing stops, are important for every investor to know.
Beware the Dividend Yield Trap
Stocks with high dividend yields may be a smart buy, but they may also be a trap. Here are what you should check before making an investment decision.
Choosing a Broker
What type of stockbroker is right for you? Online, discount, full service or money manager - each has advantages and disadvantages. Remember, you pay for what you get.
Investing in the Stock Market: The New Normal?
The stock market moves in mysterious ways. Here is the best strategy for investing in stocks.
If You're Afraid of Risk, Don't Invest
Risk and reward go hand-in-hand with investing in the stock market. Learn about this relationship and how you can make it work for you.
What Does it Mean to Have Stock Options?
Options provide another way to profit from movement in the stock market, but they are not for beginning investors.
Why Stock Prices Rise and Fall So Easily
The interaction between supply and demand is how stock prices are set in the market.
Mutual Fund Expenses May Determine Success in...
Investors in the stock market should include mutual funds in their investment tool box.
What 'Growth' and 'Value' Stock Labels Mean
Growth and value are two ways to define stocks. Each has specific characteristics that can guide you in stock selection.
The Difference Between a Stock's Value and Price
A stocks's value may not be the same as its price. One is a better measure for investors and the other for traders.
Market Specialists Make NYSE Work
The New York Stock Exchange sets prices of stocks by auction with the best price to buy and best price to sell always available.
Short Selling Stocks- Not for the Faint Hearted
Selling short involves selling stock you don't own that you believe is about to drop in price. If you are right, there are good profits, however, your loses can be staggering if wrong.
Understanding Defensive and Cyclical Stocks
Investors break the market down into sectors by company business. These sectors make is possible to compare how a stock is doing relative to its peers.
What Value Investors Know About Price to Book...
The Price to Book ratio is a way to determine how the market values the book value of a company based on the current market price.
How to Use the Price to Earnings Ratio
PEG ratio provides investors a way to calculate how much future earnings growth is going to cost based on the stock's P/E and projected earnings growth rate.
How to Know if a Company is Viable
Book value of a company is the assets minus liabilities.
Beginner's Guide to Cyclical and Non-Cyclical...
Cyclical and Non-Cyclical Stocks react differently in changing business cycles. Knowing the difference between Cyclical and Non-Cyclical Stocks can make you a smarter investor.
Major Types of Risk for Stock Investors
Understanding the risks of stock investing and how to guard against them can help you meet your financial goals.
Consider REITs for High Income
Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) are a special form of security that allows individuals to invest in large commercial real estate projects with the ease of buying stock.
Understanding Stock Diversification
There two forms of diversification you should know to make your portfolio less volatile.
How to Protect Your Stock Profits
Trailing Stops are a form of stop loss orders you can use to protect your profit in a stock.
Is That Company Worth Your Investment?
The Price to Sales ratio is a tool for evaluating companies with no earnings that looks at how the market values the company's sales.
Making Money with Dividends
Dividends are a way companies distribute a portion of their profits to shareholders.
Who's Watching Your Back in Stock Market?
The stock market and securities industry is highly regulated. Several layers of regulatory oversight are designed to protect the individual investor.
Should You Buy Gold?
Gold is an historic haven in times of economic stress, but you should use caution before buying the precious metal.
What Retail Sales Tell Us About the Economy
Retail sales are an important part of our economy and are watched by the market as an important economic indicator.
Opening an Account
What types of accounts are available? How do you open an account?
Beginner's Guide to Return on Equity
Return on equity tells investors how efficiently a company is using its assets to generate earnings.
Watch Your Risk Tolerance
It is important for investors to know their level of risk tolerance and avoid exceeding it. Bad decisions often follow investors who have pushed their level of risk tolerance.
Don't Mistake a Prop Shop for a Broker
There are pros and cons about using a prop shop and it is important to know what distinguishes it from a traditional broker dealer.
Sometimes the Best Investment Philosophy Is...
In the age of information, the data firehose makes us susceptible to “paralysis by over analysis” and can cause unnecessary confusion. Try simplicity.
Investing in Stocks Information Center
Investing in stocks begins with a basic understanding of what stocks are, where they are traded and some fundamental rules.
Behind the Scenes of a Stock Trade
The behind the scenes process of a stock trade would probably surprise even the most tech savvy stock market investor.
How to Calculate Dividend Payout Ratio
The dividend payout ratio looks at what percentage of a company's earnings are paid out to shareholders in the form of dividends.
Investment Options to Reach Your Financial Goals
What investment option is best for reaching your financial goals?
How to Calculate Risk Premium
Risk and reward. They are two sides of the same coin – at least that’s the way it’s supposed to work for stock investors.
Change the Way You Think for Better Investing...
The radical approach to being a trading mentor is not to give advice, but to improve awareness.
What Are Stock Warrants?
Stock warrants give the holder the right to buy shares of a stock at a fixed price during a fixed period. They are very similar to stock options.
Trading Stocks After Hours is Risky
After-hours trading of stocks may seem like a great idea, but it is full of risks for the average investor.
The Next Big Thing in Stocks
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Market Makers Keep Nasdaq Humming
Market makers in the Nasdaq are responsible for creating and maintaining a market for securities listed on the exchange.
Use all Four Asset Classes to Build your...
There are four classes of assets you can use to build your portfolio - use them all for a sound foundation.
Market News Sources
Three top sources of market news on the Internet.
Are You a Trader or an Investor?
Are you buying a stock or investing in a company. There's a difference and it's important that you don't confuse the two.
What Inflation Can Do to Your Investment...
Inflation has reared its ugly head - what does this mean for your stock investments?
5 Types of Stock Shares and Their Terms
It is important for investors to understand the different terms used to describe shares of stock such as authorized, restricted, treasury, float and outstanding.
How Low Can Stock Prices Go?
Investors sometimes forget that there is no guarantee with stocks. They could lose their entire investment.
How to Legally Manipulate Stock Prices
Institutional investors can manipulate stock prices with their large buying power.
Don't be a Victim of Investing Scams
Investment scams come in many shapes and sizes, but they have one thing in common - very high rates of return.
A Great Way to Diversify Your Portfolio Is with...
A company that pays a dividend is nice, but a company that pays a dividend and grows the dividend year after year is even better.
Should You Own Foreign Stocks?
Foreign stocks represent an investing opportunity outside the U.S. economy, but you can buy them on our markets through ADRs.
Can You Still Buy Apple's Stock or Is It Too...
Despite the death of Apple's Steve Jobs, both the company and the stock have been on a historic run. Can it continue or have we seen the top?
What Is the Fed and What Does It Do?
The Fed is the single most important federal agency for stock market investors because its actions directly affect the markets.
Yahoo! Finance Worth Look for Price Information
Yahoo! Finance is a strong financial Web site that excels in price and index information.
How Stock Prices Are Set
The balance between supply and demand sets stock prices. When demand is high and supply is low, prices rise. When supply is high and demand is low, prices fall.
A New Book on Trading Options Also Offers Value...
A new book on trading options also provides important insights into trading and investing in stocks as well.
Defining Cash Flow to Debit Ratios for Sound...
Cash flow to debt ratio is helpful in determining the financial strength (or weakness) of a company, but first you have to know how it is calculated.
Cash Flow is Better than P/E
Cash is vital to a company's health and its ability to generate cash can be used to see if the market under or over-values the stock. For many, these metrics are better than P/E for that purpose.
The Stock Market Is Not the Economy
The stock market is not the economy, but to hear some tell the news, they are the same.
What Does 'Stocks Are Cheap (or Expensive)' Mean?
What does is mean when pundits say stocks are cheap (or expensive)?
When a Company You've Invested in Declares...
Whether stock or bond holders receive any money from bankruptcy proceeds depends on several factors.
Stock Screening Tools You May Want to Consider
Stock screens are helpful in selecting investment candidates. Here is a list of stock screens.
Fear Index Can Warn Stock Investors
The VIX is often called the fear index because is measures how concerned or uncertain investors are about the future direction of the market.
Technical Analysis: Your Advantage in the Stock...
If you are not using technical analysis in your investing or trading you are missing a vital tool to help you achieve the best performance possible.
The Best Resources to Learn about Technical...
There are numerous resources available for those who want to about technical analysis and add it to their investing toolbox.
The Smart Way to Invest in Gold
Investing in gold can be done in a number of different ways, however only one of them makes true financial sense.
When Is Right Time to Sell a Stock?
Is there a right time to sell a stock - if so, when is it?
Here’s a Simple Method to Determine the...
When trading and investing, the first question that one must answer is: What is the trend of the stock market?
Betas Aid in Stock Trading - But which Beta do...
Betas tell you a lot about a stock's volatility, however checking multiple web sites you may find different answers to that question.
Market Internals Take the Stock Market’s...
The stock markets move in mysterious ways (or so it seems). There are some indicators known as market internals that can help you spot changes in direction.
Calculating Compound Annual Growth Rates of...
The Annual Compound Growth Rate of your investments is important because it takes into account the time value of money as well as price changes.
Can the Stock Market Crash Again?
The stock market crash of 1929 erased 90% of the market's value. Can another crash like that happen again?
A New Book on Swing Trading Reveals the 5...
A new book by a Ivaylo Ivanov, a full-time trader who manages his own money, explores the 5 secrets of highly profitable swing trading.
Buying Mutual Funds Is Different Than Buying...
Buying and selling mutual funds is different than buying stocks. For one thing, there is usually no broker involved.
The Best Books to Learn about Technical Analysis.
A comprehensive list of some of the best books ever published on the subject of technical analysis of stocks and options.
Understanding the CPI
The Consumer Price Index is the most important economic indicator a stock investor should follow.
What Are the Main Types of Corporate Bankruptcy?
What are the main types of corporate bankruptcy?
The Stock Market Indicator You Never Heard Of
You can make better investment decisions if you know (or have a strong indication) when prices will reverse direction. The TRIN Index provides this information.
Ways to Classify Stocks
Stocks can be lumped into some broad categories based on performance and size.
What Happens to Stock When Company Files...
What happens to your stock or bonds when a company goes bankrupt?
Are Mergers Good for Stockholders?
Are Mergers Good for Stockholders? There is no one answer. Stockholders need to evaluate each deal.
What are the Two Types of Stock?
There are two types of stocks, common and preferred. What are the differences.
Classic Books Every Stock Market Investor...
The stock market is continually changing, but the knowledge on how to profit from it is timeless, and these books contain that valuable knowledge.
Types of Stocks
There are several ways to describe stocks, but two basic methods cover most situations: potential and size.
TICK Is an Important Market Sentiment Tool
The TICK Index is a simple calculation that gives you a quick look at whether the mood of the market is to buy or to sell.
Using Relative Strength in Stock Selection
Relative strength measures a stock's performance against the rest of the market and is helpful in evaluating investments.
Stock Screening Basics
There are many research tools available to investors, but the one you should master first is the stock screener. Get your feet wet with this one from MSN.com.
How Support and Resistance Levels Factor into...
Why support and resistance matters in technical analysis of the stock market.
It's the Earnings
Earnings are the single most important factor in stock evaluation for many investors. Although there are other factors to consider, earnings must be near or at the top of every investor's list of important checkpoints.
Should You Own Stocks or Mutual Funds?
Should you own individual stocks or mutual funds? Which investment is better for you? For many investors, the answer is both.
Buying Winning Stocks
It makes good sense to look at the list of stocks closing at their 52-week high for investing ideas.
Should You Invest in Real Estate Investment...
REITs offer the potential for high income if you choose wisely and buy in at the correct price.
Do You Need a Financial Adviser?
Financial advisers can map a blue print that will get you from where you are to your financial goals.
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.
Part Two: Stocks Poised for Growth
Stocks have historically rebounded following a bear market. The question is when.
Are Hedge Funds for You?
Hedge funds offer high-risk investments for sophisticated (rich) investors. Most individual stock investors do not qualify.
Convertible Bonds - A Good Investment?
Convertible bonds appear to offer the best of both stocks and bonds, but complex factors make them hard to judge.
How Taxes Affect Your Stock Investments
Investing in stocks has tax consequences. Be sure you know what the tax consequences of investing in stocks will do to your returns.
Investment Objectives Help Stock Market...
A winning investment plan has clear long and short term objectives and uses the appropriate tool for the goal.
Earnings Per Share
Earnings Per Share is calculated by dividing a company's net earnings by the outstanding shares.
Some Insights from a Trader on the Front Lines...
Joe Fahmy is a real trader, which means he makes his income from the stock market. In this Q&A he talks about how he first got into trading and more.
It's Not What You Know but What You Don't Know...
The way to know what you don’t know is to develop your self-awareness. I may be one of the least self-aware people around, and it took time for me.
Review of Second Edition Warren Buffett Book
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What's a Rational Investor in the Stock Market...
Volatile markets make good headlines, but a rational investor sees beyond the clamor.
When the Stock Market Is Headed Down
When the stock market heads down, investors need to understand what is happening and why and what they should and should not do.
Initial Public Offerings May Disappoint
IPOs are very sexy, however they often fail to live up to their press.
Understanding Zero Coupon Bonds
Zero coupon bonds are sold at a deep discount and redeemed at full face value.
Trading Stocks Is a Losing Game (Mostly)
Individual stock traders are at a serious disadvantage when competing with professional trading firms and funds.
Use Insiders' Stock Trades as Guide
Watch the trading of company insiders for clues about where they believe the stock's price is headed.
Protecting Your Profits in Stock Investing
One of the hardest decisions stock investors make is deciding when to sell.
Small Cap Stocks can Pop
Small cap stocks offer the potential for rapid growth, but come with a high degree of risk.
Morningstar a Site for Serious Stock Investors
Serious investors will find Morningstar.com a wealth of stock information.
Four Investment Objectives Define Strategy
Four main investment objectives define how you choose financial products for your portfolio.
For Stocks, Happiness is a Positive Cash Flow
Operating cash flow measures how cash is generated in a company and whether the company is taking in more or less than it is spending.
The Manual Method of Protecting Stock Profits
Some stock investor prefer the hands-on approach. This strategy will help you protect your stock profits.
Why You Shouldn't Buy That "Hot" IPO Stock
There are a number of reasons to use caution if you are planning on buying a stock in an initial public offering, even in a hot bull market.
Understanding Value Investing
Value investing is about finding stocks overlooked by the market, but that are fundamentally sound with good growth prospects.
Steps to Successful Investing in the Stock Market
There are specific steps for successful investing in the stock market. Here's where you start.
Stock Market's PE Helpful Gauge
The stock market's PE is helpful in understanding the significance of major declines and advances.
Bonds Information Center
Bonds should be a part of every investor's portfolio. But what are bonds and how should you use them? This series of articles will help you understand these important investments.
When to Buy an Expensive Stock
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Stock Investors Benefit from Stock Buybacks
When a company buys its own stock off the open market, it increase shareholder value by causing the share price to rise.
Don't Get Caught in Stock Liquidity Crunch
To make money in the stock market you need a ready supply of buyers and sellers to assure you that you can buy or sell when the price is right.
What is a Stock?
What is a stock? How does it fit into our economy? What is a bond?
Consider Protection Against Rising Interest...
When interest rates are low, they have only one way to go. Protect your bond investments with these two types of bonds.
How Bonds and Interest Rates Are Related
Bonds respond to changes in interest rates, however this only comes into play if you buy or sell previously issued bonds.
What the Stock Market Tells You Every Day
The stock market is brutally honest and tells you the truth every day.
Fundamental Analysis: Understand Earnings Per...
Earnings Per Share or EPS is one of the foundations of fundamental analysis and understanding how it is calculated is crucial for stock investors.
Consumer Price Index
The Consumer Price Index is the leading indicator of inflation and one of the most important indicators for investors. A rising CPI may signal rising inflation and trigger interest rate increases.
Is a Fee-Based Broker Right for You?
Traditional stockbrokers are divided into two types: commissioned-based and fee-based. Fee-based brokers offer a wide variety of services in addition to handling your trades.
Use P/E Wisely When Considering Stock Purchase
A stock's P/E is one of the most important tools investors use. Use it wisely.

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