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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.
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.
A Beginner Investor's Guide to Understanding...
Dividend Yield tells you what percentage return a company pays out in the form of dividends.
Using and Misusing the Beta Ratio
A stock's beta ratio is a useful tool for measuring risk, but it does have some serious limitations.
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.
Trading Basics
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.
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.
Tuning Out Financial News Television
If you only knew what went on behind the scenes of most financial news shows you would never watch another one again.
Why Per-Share Price is Not Important
Market cap is more important than per-share price because market cap tells you the value of the company.
Investing and Taxes
Taxes on investment gains fall into two categories, long and short term capital gains. Knowing the difference can mean a bigger tax bill if you're not careful.
Understanding Bid & Ask Prices
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.
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.
Buying High, Selling Low
If you go by price alone, you may end up paying too much for stocks and selling them for too little.
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.
Top Online Stock Trading Sites
Thirteen of the top online stock trading sites offer investors a wide variety of services including research and advice.
Understanding Stock Orders
Stock orders, such as market orders, limit orders, stop loss orders, and trailing stops, are important for every investor to know.
Stock Sectors - How to Classify 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.
Growth, Value Stocks Defined
Growth and value are two ways to define stocks. Each has specific characteristics that can guide you in stock selection.
Are Stock Buybacks a Good Deal?
Stock buybacks can be a good deal for stockholders or a smokescreen to hide weak financial ratios.
Understanding the PEG
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.
Understanding 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.
Understanding Book Value
Book value of a company is the assets minus liabilities.
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.
Bond Basics
Bonds are an important part of every investor's portfolio. They provide safety and stability against the fluctuations of stocks.
Understanding Price to Book Ratio
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.
What Market Indexes Tell Us
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.
Using Trailing Stops to Protect Stock Profits
Trailing Stops are a form of stop loss orders you can use to protect your profit in a stock.
Understanding Cyclical and Non-Cyclical Stocks
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.
How Stock Prices Are Set
The interaction between supply and demand is how stock prices are set in the market.
Use these Simple Calculations to Determine...
You can use a few simple calculations to determine how your investments are performing and what they are returning.
What is Investing?
What is investing and how does it differ from saving? Investing is the proactive use of your money to make more money.
Options - Understanding the Basics
Options provide another way to profit from movement in the stock market, but they are not for beginning investors.
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.
Understanding Stock Quotes
Stock quotes, whether in the newspaper or online, offer a wealth of information if you understand the numbers.
Strong Dollar or Weak Dollar - Which Is Best?
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?
When and How to Sell a Winning Stock
Knowing when and how to sell a winning stock is as important as knowing when to sell a losing stock.
Understanding Price to Sales Ratio
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.
Understanding Stock Share 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.
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.
Three Main Influences on Stock Prices
There are three main influences on a stock's price: business fundamentals, its sector or industry, and market conditions.
Check on Institutional Ownership Before Buying...
The actions of the institutional owners of a stock can tell you something about the quality of the stock - sometimes you can believe it.
Understanding Risk
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.
Making Money with Dividends
Dividends are a way companies distribute a portion of their profits to shareholders.
The Basics of Trading Stocks
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Will You Get Any Money Bank When a Company Goes...
Whether stock or bond holders receive any money from bankruptcy proceeds depends on several factors.
Understanding Return on Equity
Return on equity tells investors how efficiently a company is using its assets to generate earnings.
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.
Understanding Stop Loss Orders
Stop Loss Orders can protect you when your favorite stock gets hit by a disaster by cutting your losses with an automatic sell.
What Stock Investors Should know about Inflation
Inflation has reared its ugly head - what does this mean for your stock investments?
When is the Best Time to Sell a Stock?
Sometimes it is as hard to know when to sell a stock as it is to know the right time to buy. This is the second of a two-part series on selling stocks.
Should You Buy Gold?
Gold is an historic haven in times of economic stress, but you should use caution before buying the precious metal.
Types of Stocks
There are several ways to describe stocks, but two basic methods cover most situations: potential and size.
Cash Flow to Debt Ratio Helps Spot Trouble
Cash flow to debt ratio is helpful in determining the financial strength (or weakness) of a company.
Beware the Dividend Yield Trap
Stocks with high dividend yields may be a smart buy, but they may also be a trap. Always check the other fundamentals before making an investment decision.
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.
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.
Opening an Account
What types a accounts are available? How do you open an account?
Stock Prices
Who sets stock prices? How are prices set each day? How do you know what a stock will open at each day? Understanding how stocks are priced in the market will make you a better investor.
Earnings Per Share
Earnings Per Share is calculated by dividing a company's net earnings by the outstanding shares.
Understanding Value Investing
Value investing is about finding stocks overlooked by the market, but that are fundamentally sound with good growth prospects.
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.
How to Spot Stock Market Trends
The stock market is driven by obvious forces of supply and demand. You can watch those forces drive the market and see which where the market is headed.
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.
A Stock Market Crash Brings Opportunity
When the stock market drops hard you should be looking for stocks that hold up the best because they will be the leaders in the next move up.
Understanding Zero Coupon Bonds
Zero coupon bonds are sold at a deep discount and redeemed at full face value.
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.
Is a Stock Cheap or Expensive?
The sales/price ratio provides a metric for measuring the relative value of a stock's price when compared to industry peers. It is used along with price/earnings ratio.
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.
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 and this article gives some reasons why.
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 IPOs
IPOs or initial public offerings are how companies offer stock for sale to the public the first time. Often the subject of wild speculation and excitement, IPOs can be a very profitable buy or a disaster.
How to Legally Manipulate Stock Prices
Institutional investors can manipulate stock prices with their large buying power.
What are Traits of a Great Stock?
Great stocks and great companies have several traits that distinguish them from the rest of the pack.
Trading Stock Options Adds New Dimension
Trading stock options is not for beginners, but it can enhance your investing.
How to Calculate Risk Premium
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Margin Trading - Not for Beginners
Margin trading is a way to magnify your buying power by borrowing money from your broker for up to 50% of a stock purchase.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
When to Sell a Stock
Knowing when to sell stocks is sometimes as difficult a knowing when to buy. This is the first part of a two-part series.
Uncertainty Makes the Stock Market Crazy
Major economic and political factors shape the stock market, but most of all the stock market hates uncertainty.
Use Insiders' Stock Trades as Guide
Watch the trading of company insiders for clues about where they believe the stock's price is headed.
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.
Stock Screening Tools You May Want to Consider
Stock screens are helpful in selecting investment candidates. Here is a list of stock screens.
Weak U.S. Dollar May Mean Higher Interest Rates
The U.S. dollar is near all-time record lows against major foreign currencies - what does this mean for investors and consumers?
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.
Investing in Gold the Smart Way
Investing in gold can be done in a number of different ways, however only one of them makes true financial sense.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Finding Good Stocks to Buy
One way to measure how well a company is doing involves comparing its financial ratios to peers and industry sector.
Why Retail Sales Are Important
Retail sales are an important part of our economy and are watched by the market as an important economic indicator.
What Happens to Stock When Company Files...
What happens to your stock or bonds when a company goes bankrupt?
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.
How to Use Zero Coupon Bonds
You can use zero coupon bonds to reach a variety of financial goals, but watch out for the tax consequences.
How to Calculate Real Rate of Return on Stock...
A simple rate of return may look like you made a nice gain in your stock investments, but that may not be correct.
Naked Short Selling - Don't Try this at Home
Naked short selling is a risky trading strategy that profits when a stock's share price falls. Leverage creates the opportunities for big gains and the risk of big losses.
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.
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.
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.
Understanding Stock Diversification
There two forms of diversification you should know to make your portfolio less volatile.
The Benefits of Long Term Investing
Investing for the long term will let you ride out the unavoidable ups and downs of the market. Research shows you are better off staying in the market for the long term rather than jumping in and out.
Short-Interest Ratio can Help you Evaluate Stocks
The short-interest ratio tells you whether your stock is an active target of short sellers
Protecting Your Profits in Stock Investing
One of the hardest decisions stock investors make is deciding when to sell.
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.
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.
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.
What is the Difference Between Class A Stock...
Companies sometimes issue two classes of stock - one for the public and another for the founders.
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.
Buying Winning Stocks
It makes good sense to look at the list of stocks closing at their 52-week high for investing ideas.
Size Matters in Investing
A company's size is an important investment consideration. The smaller the company, the more volatile and risky the investment.
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.
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.
The Dangers of Market Timing
Market timing is a strategy that attempts to predict future market movements using fundamental and technical analysis.
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.
Are Hedge Funds for You?
Hedge funds offer high-risk investments for sophisticated (rich) investors. Most individual stock investors do not qualify.
Paper Trading Stocks: Why You Should Avoid It
Paper trading is often thought of as a way to get good at investing without having any risk. But it may actually cost you more money in the end.
CNN Money Top Notch Financial News Site
CNN Money is a top notch financial Web site that covers a wide spectrum of financial news.
Earnings Per Share Ratio Comes in Several...
Earnings per share (EPS) is an important ratio in evaluating a stock and it comes in several variations that may be helpful.
A Good Company with a Bad P/E
A good company can be a risky investment if you pay too much for it. The P/E is a good tool for a rough idea about a stock's value.
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.
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.
Introduction to Asset Allocation
Asset allocation is the process of spreading your investment across different asset classes and diversifying them within classes. Asset allocation is key to investment success and meeting your financial goals.
Understanding the CPI
The Consumer Price Index is the most important economic indicator a stock investor should follow.
The Importance of a Stock's Share Price
Daily changes in the price of a stock are often of little concern to the long-term investor, but there are times when the daily price does matter.
Investing in Stem Cell Research - Proceed with...
Companies involved in stem cell research took a split decision in the Nov. 3 election. Sen. John Kerry had promised to lift restrictions on research. On the plus side, California passed a $3 billion initiative to fund stem cell research projects.
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.
Four Investment Objectives Define Strategy
Four main investment objectives define how you choose financial products for your portfolio.
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.
Diversifying Your Stock Portfolio Means More...
Diversifying your stock portfolio helps reduce your risk.
Five Things Women Need to Know about Investing...
Women beginning investing in stocks need to accept five concepts to become successful investors.
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.
What's Wrong with Indexes
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. Page 2.
Understanding Bond Types
You can purchase bonds from a variety of sources including the U.S. Treasury, municipalities and corporations. Each has unique characteristics and features.
Understanding Earnings Per Share
Earnings per share or EPS is one way to compare companies, but it does not tell you about market value.
Part Two: Stocks Poised for Growth
Stocks have historically rebounded following a bear market. The question is when.
Investing in Stock Market Leaders
Investing in companies that dominate their industry is a good, long-term stock investment strategy.
Understanding Warren Buffett
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Google Issuing More Stock - Buy Why?
Google is issuing 14,159,265 shares of Class A stock. What does that mean to investors?
What Does 'Stocks Are Cheap (or Expensive)' Mean?
What does is mean when pundits say stocks are cheap (or expensive)?
Market Makers Keep Nasdaq Humming
Market makers in the Nasdaq are responsible for creating and maintaining a market for securities listed on the exchange.
What Are the Main Types of Corporate Bankruptcy?
What are the main types of corporate bankruptcy?
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.
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.
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.
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.

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