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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
Are Stock Buybacks a Good Deal?
Stock buybacks can be a good deal for stockholders or a smokescreen to hide weak financial ratios.
How to Know if a Company is Viable
Book value of a company is the assets minus liabilities.
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 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.
How to Decipher Stock Quotes
Stock quotes, whether in the newspaper or online, offer a wealth of information if you understand the numbers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Why Stock Prices Rise and Fall So Easily
The interaction between supply and demand is how stock prices are set in the market.
Beginner's Guide to Trading Stocks
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Legally Manipulate Stock Prices
Institutional investors can manipulate stock prices with their large buying power.
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?
Earnings Per Share
Earnings Per Share is calculated by dividing a company's net earnings by the outstanding shares.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 a Company You've Invested in Declares...
Whether stock or bond holders receive any money from bankruptcy proceeds depends on several factors.
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.
Should You Buy Gold?
Gold is an historic haven in times of economic stress, but you should use caution before buying the precious metal.
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.
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.
Opening an Account
What types of accounts are available? How do you open an account?
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.
Learning to Lose in the Stock Market Is How You...
The key to being successful in the stock market is not about how many trades you make money on, but how much you make and how little you lose.
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.
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.
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.
What Hasn't Worked in the Stock Market in 2014
Even in one of the biggest bull markets in history, there are still things that refuse to go up. Keep an eye on them so you know what to avoid.
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 Inflation Can Do to Your Investment...
Inflation has reared its ugly head - what does this mean for your stock investments?
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.
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.
Trading Stock Options Adds New Dimension
Trading stock options is not for beginners, but it can enhance your investing.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Understanding Value Investing
Value investing is about finding stocks overlooked by the market, but that are fundamentally sound with good growth prospects.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Use Insiders' Stock Trades as Guide
Watch the trading of company insiders for clues about where they believe the stock's price is headed.
Market Capitalization
Market Capitalization or market cap is a way of measuring the size of a company and is calculated by multiplying the current stock price by the number of outstanding shares.
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.
Uncertainty Makes the Stock Market Crazy
Major economic and political factors shape the stock market, but most of all the stock market hates uncertainty.
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.
What Does 'Stocks Are Cheap (or Expensive)' Mean?
What does is mean when pundits say stocks are cheap (or expensive)?
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 Stock Diversification
There two forms of diversification you should know to make your portfolio less volatile.
Investing: Saving with Attitude
Investing is a necessity for most people if they want to reach significant financial goals.
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 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.
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.
Short-Interest Ratio can Help you Evaluate Stocks
The short-interest ratio tells you whether your stock is an active target of short sellers
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.
Stock Screening Tools You May Want to Consider
Stock screens are helpful in selecting investment candidates. Here is a list of stock screens.
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.
Steps to Successful Investing in the Stock Market
There are specific steps for successful investing in the stock market. Here's where you start.
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.
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 Happens to Stock When Company Files...
What happens to your stock or bonds when a company goes bankrupt?
Expectations of High Returns May Lead to...
Don't try to double or triple your money quickly in the stock market - you'll be disappointed and perhaps poorer.
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.
Hedge Funds Explained
Hedge funds seek to make money for investors in any market or economy.
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?
Understanding Zero Coupon Bonds
Zero coupon bonds are sold at a deep discount and redeemed at full face value.
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.
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.
Four Investment Objectives Define Strategy
Four main investment objectives define how you choose financial products for your portfolio.
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.
Part Two: Stocks Poised for Growth
Stocks have historically rebounded following a bear market. The question is when.
Understanding Warren Buffett
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Types of Stocks
There are several ways to describe stocks, but two basic methods cover most situations: potential and size.
Five Things Women Need to Know about Investing...
Women beginning investing in stocks need to accept five concepts to become successful investors.
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.
Protecting Your Profits in Stock Investing
One of the hardest decisions stock investors make is deciding when to sell.
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.
Buying Winning Stocks
It makes good sense to look at the list of stocks closing at their 52-week high for investing ideas.
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.
When Is Right Time to Sell a Stock?
Is there a right time to sell a stock - if so, when is it?
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Manual Method of Protecting Stock Profits
Some stock investor prefer the hands-on approach. This strategy will help you protect your stock profits.
CNN Money Top Notch Financial News Site
CNN Money is a top notch financial Web site that covers a wide spectrum of financial news.
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.
Size Matters in Investing
A company's size is an important investment consideration. The smaller the company, the more volatile and risky the investment.
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.
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.
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.
Market Makers Keep Nasdaq Humming
Market makers in the Nasdaq are responsible for creating and maintaining a market for securities listed on the exchange.
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?
Interest Rates and Stock Prices
The stock market closely watches interest rates for signs of change. Lower rates mean more money in the economy.
What Are the Main Types of Corporate Bankruptcy?
What are the main types of corporate bankruptcy?
Investing and Trading Are Different Sides of...
Investors and traders may both operate in the same stock market, but they have widely different views on the best way to make money from it.
Diversifying Your Stock Portfolio Means More...
Diversifying your stock portfolio helps reduce your risk.
Investing in and for Retirement
How you fund and maintain your retirement plan is one of the most important investing in the stock market decisions you'll make.
Are Mergers Good for Stockholders?
Are Mergers Good for Stockholders? There is no one answer. Stockholders need to evaluate each deal.
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.
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.
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.
Are Hedge Funds for You?
Hedge funds offer high-risk investments for sophisticated (rich) investors. Most individual stock investors do not qualify.
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.
Where do Investors Turn when Interest Rates Rise?
Where do investors turn in a market of rising interest rates?
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