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Understanding Price to Earnings Ratio
The Price to Earnings Ratio is one of the most important numbers analysts look at to understand how the market values a stock.
A Beginner Investor's Guide to Understanding...
Dividend Yield tells you what percentage return a company pays out in the form of dividends.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 Stock Orders
Stock orders, such as market orders, limit orders, stop loss orders, and trailing stops, are important for every investor to know.
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.
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.
Top Online Stock Trading Sites
Thirteen of the top online stock trading sites offer investors a wide variety of services including research and advice.
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.
Growth, Value Stocks Defined
Growth and value are two ways to define stocks. Each has specific characteristics that can guide you in stock selection.
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.
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.
Are Stock Buybacks a Good Deal?
Stock buybacks can be a good deal for stockholders or a smokescreen to hide weak financial ratios.
Bond Basics
Bonds are an important part of every investor's portfolio. They provide safety and stability against the fluctuations of stocks.
Understanding Book Value
Book value of a company is the assets minus liabilities.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Options - Understanding the Basics
Options provide another way to profit from movement in the stock market, but they are not for beginning investors.
How Stock Prices Are Set
The interaction between supply and demand is how stock prices are set in the market.
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.
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.
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?
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.
Understanding Stock Quotes
Stock quotes, whether in the newspaper or online, offer a wealth of information if you understand the numbers.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
The Basics of Trading Stocks
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Understanding Return on Equity
Return on equity tells investors how efficiently a company is using its assets to generate earnings.
Should You Buy Gold?
Gold is an historic haven in times of economic stress, but you should use caution before buying the precious metal.
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.
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.
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.
Making Money with Dividends
Dividends are a way companies distribute a portion of their profits to shareholders.
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.
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.
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.
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.
What Stock Investors Should know about Inflation
Inflation has reared its ugly head - what does this mean for your stock investments?
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.
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.
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 Legally Manipulate Stock Prices
Institutional investors can manipulate stock prices with their large buying power.
Earnings Per Share
Earnings Per Share is calculated by dividing a company's net earnings by the outstanding shares.
What are Traits of a Great Stock?
Great stocks and great companies have several traits that distinguish them from the rest of the pack.
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.
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.
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.
Understanding Zero Coupon Bonds
Zero coupon bonds are sold at a deep discount and redeemed at full face value.
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.
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.
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.
Opening an Account
What types a accounts are available? How do you open an account?
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 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.
Understanding Value Investing
Value investing is about finding stocks overlooked by the market, but that are fundamentally sound with good growth prospects.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Trading Stock Options Adds New Dimension
Trading stock options is not for beginners, but it can enhance your investing.
What Happens to Stock When Company Files...
What happens to your stock or bonds when a company goes bankrupt?
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.
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?
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.
Use Insiders' Stock Trades as Guide
Watch the trading of company insiders for clues about where they believe the stock's price is headed.
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.
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.
How to Calculate Risk Premium
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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.
Uncertainty Makes the Stock Market Crazy
Major economic and political factors shape the stock market, but most of all the stock market hates uncertainty.
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.
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.
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.
Should You Care Why the Stock Market Moves?
If you spend more time think about what the stock market did instead of why it did it, you will become a better investor.
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.
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.
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.
Stock Screening Tools You May Want to Consider
Stock screens are helpful in selecting investment candidates. Here is a list of stock screens.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Understanding Stock Diversification
There two forms of diversification you should know to make your portfolio less volatile.
Protecting Your Profits in Stock Investing
One of the hardest decisions stock investors make is deciding when to sell.
What is the Difference Between Class A Stock...
Companies sometimes issue two classes of stock - one for the public and another for the founders.
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 Stocks Information Center
Investing in stocks begins with a basic understanding of what stocks are, where they are traded and some fundamental rules.
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.
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.
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.
What Are the Main Types of Corporate Bankruptcy?
What are the main types of corporate bankruptcy?
October can be Bad Month for Stock Market
The three major stock market crashes occurred in October, but that's probably just a coincidence.
Short-Interest Ratio can Help you Evaluate Stocks
The short-interest ratio tells you whether your stock is an active target of short sellers
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.
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.
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.
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.
Four Investment Objectives Define Strategy
Four main investment objectives define how you choose financial products for your portfolio.
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.
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.
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.
Size Matters in Investing
A company's size is an important investment consideration. The smaller the company, the more volatile and risky the investment.
Diversifying Your Stock Portfolio Means More...
Diversifying your stock portfolio helps reduce your risk.
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.
Part Two: Stocks Poised for Growth
Stocks have historically rebounded following a bear market. The question is when.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Corrections are Natural Part of Stock Market
Corrections are a natural part of the stock market cycle - don't fight them.
Successful Stock Market Investing is Common Sense
Investors make common sense mistakes in the stock market that they would never do in other areas of their lives.
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.
Understanding the CPI
The Consumer Price Index is the most important economic indicator a stock investor should follow.
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.
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.
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.
Should the Government Cap Executive Compensation?
Should the government be involved in limiting compensation of top corporate executives?
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.
How to Profit from Insider Trading
What corporate insiders do with their shares can help you become a better investor if you know what to look for.
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.
Buying Winning Stocks
It makes good sense to look at the list of stocks closing at their 52-week high for investing ideas.
The Dangers of Market Timing
Market timing is a strategy that attempts to predict future market movements using fundamental and technical analysis.
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.
Bonds Versus Certificates of Deposit
Bonds and bank CDs may share many characteristics, however one is not a substitute for the other.
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.
High Frequency Trading Puts Stock Investors at...
High frequency trading initiated and managed by super-fast computers puts individual investors at a disadvantage.
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.
Steps to Successful Investing in the Stock Market
There are specific steps for successful investing in the stock market. Here's where you start.
Avoiding Pump and Dump Stock Scams
Pump and dump stock scams can cost you dearly if you fall for their hype.
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.

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