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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.
A Beginner Investor's Guide to Understanding...
Dividend Yield tells you what percentage return a company pays out in the form of dividends.
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.
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.
Beginner's Guide to Trading Stocks
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How to Decipher Stock Quotes
Stock quotes, whether in the newspaper or online, offer a wealth of information if you understand the numbers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Investing in the Stock Market: The New Normal?
The stock market moves in mysterious ways. Here is the best strategy for investing in stocks.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mutual Fund Expenses May Determine Success in...
Investors in the stock market should include mutual funds in their investment tool box.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Why Stock Prices Rise and Fall So Easily
The interaction between supply and demand is how stock prices are set in the market.
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?
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.
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.
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.
Think You Are Ready to Trade Stocks? Here Is...
There is a low barrier of entry in the stock market, but that doesn't mean everyone is ready to trade. Here's what you need to do to begin trading.
Understanding Stock Diversification
There two forms of diversification you should know to make your portfolio less volatile.
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.
October can be Bad Month for Stock Market
The three major stock market crashes occurred in October, but that's probably just a coincidence.
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.
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.
How to Know if a Company is Viable
Book value of a company is the assets minus liabilities.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Investment Options to Reach Your Financial Goals
What investment option is best for reaching your financial goals?
What Do Hunters and Day Traders Have in Common?...
Like the hunter in the jungle who notices the shift and physiology of the deer, day traders can honor their intuition to improve trading results.
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.
Beginner's Guide to Return on Equity
Return on equity tells investors how efficiently a company is using its assets to generate earnings.
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.
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.
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.
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.
How to Legally Manipulate Stock Prices
Institutional investors can manipulate stock prices with their large buying power.
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.
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.
Making Money with Dividends
Dividends are a way companies distribute a portion of their profits to shareholders.
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.
When a Company You've Invested in Declares...
Whether stock or bond holders receive any money from bankruptcy proceeds depends on several factors.
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.
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.
Why a Different Approach to Mentoring Can Help...
Mentors focus not on strategies nor asset classes, but simply their students current state of mind in the moment while they are trading.
Yahoo! Finance Worth Look for Price Information
Yahoo! Finance is a strong financial Web site that excels in price and index information.
You Need to Make Sure You Will Be Profitable...
Just because you want to trade stocks doesn't mean you will be profitable. Here is how you can put the odds in your favor and be a success.
The Reason the Stock Market Had One of It's...
Today the market opened down huge. There was blood everywhere. And yet, despite all the theories, there was really only one reason it was down.
Are Hedge Funds for You?
Hedge funds offer high-risk investments for sophisticated (rich) investors. Most individual stock investors do not qualify.
Should You Buy Gold?
Gold is an historic haven in times of economic stress, but you should use caution before buying the precious metal.
Opening an Account
What types of accounts are available? How do you open an account?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
When Is Right Time to Sell a Stock?
Is there a right time to sell a stock - if so, when is it?
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.
Staying Away from Risks in Your Trading Will...
In order to get to the top of the trading game, you need to be able to manage your money and your risk carefully.
Stock Market Often Leads Economy in Rebound
Stock market investors require a certain level of confidence in the economy to take the risks associated with investing. When that confidence returns, look for big market gains.
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.
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.
What Happens to Stock When Company Files...
What happens to your stock or bonds when a company goes bankrupt?
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.
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.
Taking a Look into the Future of Market Indexes
Market index futures give you a clue about what traders think the market is going to do the next session.
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.
Market Makers Keep Nasdaq Humming
Market makers in the Nasdaq are responsible for creating and maintaining a market for securities listed on the exchange.
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.
How Low Can Stock Prices Go?
Investors sometimes forget that there is no guarantee with stocks. They could lose their entire investment.
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.
What Does 'Stocks Are Cheap (or Expensive)' Mean?
What does is mean when pundits say stocks are cheap (or expensive)?
What Inflation Can Do to Your Investment...
Inflation has reared its ugly head - what does this mean for your stock investments?
“A Fool and His Money Are Soon Parted&#82...
Some foolish decisions are when you buy and other foolish decisions are when you don't buy. It's hard to know which is correct for any opportunity.
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.
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.
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.
Lack of Innovation Is What Apple Is Missing
To avoid turning into your grandparents' tired old stock, Apple needs more innovative products, not financial shenanigans.
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.
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.
Earnings Per Share
Earnings Per Share is calculated by dividing a company's net earnings by the outstanding shares.
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?
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.
What Are the Main Types of Corporate Bankruptcy?
What are the main types of corporate bankruptcy?
Understanding Value Investing
Value investing is about finding stocks overlooked by the market, but that are fundamentally sound with good growth prospects.
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.
Market News Sources
Three top sources of market news on the Internet.
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.
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.
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.
The Story of a Young Woman Who Became a...
A trader chronicles her journey through the stock market, starting as an inexperienced newbie and ending as a seasoned pro who trades for a living.
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.
Stock Screening Tools You May Want to Consider
Stock screens are helpful in selecting investment candidates. Here is a list of stock screens.
How Support and Resistance Levels Factor into...
Why support and resistance matters in technical analysis of the stock market.
Averaging Down - Good Idea or Foolish Risk?
Averaging down is a way to lower the average cost of a stock holding. It can also be a way to throw good money after bad.
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.
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.
How Volume Factors into Technical Analysis.
Volume is the most important factor when using technical analysis in the stock market.
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.
Understanding Warren Buffett
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Bonds Versus Certificates of Deposit
Bonds and bank CDs may share many characteristics, however one is not a substitute for the other.
Steps to Successful Investing in the Stock Market
There are specific steps for successful investing in the stock market. Here's where you start.
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.
The Basics of Risk and Reward in Stock Investing
Stock market investing is about understanding risk and the potential reward.
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.
New Companies with New Technologies Will Change...
At a recent industry event I got a glimpse into the future of investing -- which is tech and innovation heavy -- and how it is already changing.
ROA is a Leading Measure of Company's Efficiency
Return on Assets is an important number for investors to know when considering a stock. It provides a measure of efficiency.
Understanding Zero Coupon Bonds
Zero coupon bonds are sold at a deep discount and redeemed at full face value.
Understanding the CPI
The Consumer Price Index is the most important economic indicator a stock investor should follow.
Ride Out the Stock Market - It's the Better Move
In most cases, you are better off not trying to time the down turns and recoveries of the stock market.
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.
The Price/Earnings to Growth Ratio Gives...
Though not as popular as EPS or P/E the Price/Earnings to Growth or PEG ratio can give you a fuller view of a stock's earnings trend going forward.
How Many Stocks Should You Own?
How many stocks should you own to have a diversified portfolio? There are no absolute rules, but here are some guidelines.
Clearing Up Differences Between Saving and...
Investors may be confused about the difference between saving and investing.
The Way Some Stock Symbols Are Written Can...
Every now an then you might come across a stock symbol that doesn't look like any you've seen before. Here is a guide to easily deciphering them.
Steps to Successful Stock Investing: Buy the...
It is important to remember this basic step towards successful investing in the stock market: buy the company with strong financial success.
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.
Ways to Classify Stocks
Stocks can be lumped into some broad categories based on performance and size.
A round up of Some of the Best Stock Market...
There is access not just to great information about the stock market, but curated information, from some the best minds in finance, via the blogosphere.
After Gain or Loss, Emotions Can Shape Stock...
The emotions of a gain or loss can cloud your judgement.
Understanding What Affects Stock Prices
Investors are buying future growth when they invest in stocks.
Buying Winning Stocks
It makes good sense to look at the list of stocks closing at their 52-week high for investing ideas.
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.
Types of Stocks
There are several ways to describe stocks, but two basic methods cover most situations: potential and size.
A Veteran Trader Makes His Case That the Market...
The debate has gone on for decades - is the stock market really just rigged? One trader makes a compelling case that it is.
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.
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.
Use Insiders' Stock Trades as Guide
Watch the trading of company insiders for clues about where they believe the stock's price is headed.
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.
Technical Analysis: Does It Actually Work?
Understand how the stock market works and you will never question the validity of using technical analysis as a methodology for trading and investing.
What is the Difference Between Class A Stock...
Companies sometimes issue two classes of stock - one for the public and another for the founders.
What Type of Financial Adviser do You Need?
Financial advisers come in a variety of flavors. Finding the one right for you involves knowing how each is compensated and what they do.

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