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Buy and Hold
A Buy and Hold investment strategy suggests advocates buying and holding quality investments for the long term, as opposed to engaging in short-term trading.

Capital Gain
A Capital Gain is the profit from the sale of an asset. A capital gain is realized when you sell a stock or bond for a profit and when a mutual fund does the same.

Capital Preservation Strategy
A Capital Preservation Strategy values preservation of capital above return. An ultra conservative strategy often used to pass a large “corpus” or body of a trust to the next generation.

Class A Stock
Class A Stock is the common stock issued for public trading.

Common Stock
Common Stock is the primary unit of ownership in a corporation.

Day Trader
A Day Trader is someone who engages in aggressive trading using an Internet connection to a broker or a terminal in the broker’s office. Day traders may make dozens of trades each day with the hope of making numerous small profits.

Defined Contribution Plan
Defined Contribution Plan are retirement plans where the contribution is specified, but not the benefit.

Market Timing
Market Timing is the attempt to know when market lows and highs are going to occur. It is theshort-term pursuit of buy low and sell high and almost always fails over the long run.

Midcap Stock
A Midcap Stock is any company with a market capitalization of $1 to $8 billion.

The NASD or National Association of Securities Dealers is a self-regulatory body of securities brokers and is supervised by the SEC.

The NASDAQ, which used to be known as the over-the-counter market, is the relative new kid on the block of stock exchanges. Trades are executed over an electronic network of brokers.

Penny Stocks
Penny Stocks

Position describes your current holdings. If you owned 100 shares of IBM, your position would be “long 100 IBM.”

Preferred Stock
Preferred Stock is a different class of stock with additional rights not granted to common stock owners. Among these rights is first call on dividends. Investors buy preferred stock for its dividend income.

Price Earnings Ratio
Price Earnings Ratio is a way to show how a company’s earnings relate to the stock price. The P/E is calculated by dividing the current price of the stock by the annual earnings per share.

Prospectus is a legal document that potential shareholders of an initial public offering of a stock must have before they can invest. It lists complete financial details of the company as well as the associated risks of the investment.

Qualified Retirement Plan
Qualified Retirement Plan is authorized by the Internal Revenue Service and must adhere to certain rules and regulations.

A Recession is marked by a declining standard of living and rising prices. Officially, a recession is marked by a decline in the nation’s gross national product for two consecutive quarters.

Risk measures the probability that an investment will not earn the anticipated return.

Risk Tolerance
Risk Tolerance is how much risk you are willing to take to achieve an investment goal. The higher your risk tolerance, the more risk you are willing to take.

Round Lot
A Round Lot is the standard transaction unit in stocks and is 100 shares. Any order not divisible by 100 is considered an odd lot and may trigger an additional fee from your broker.

The SEC is the chief regulatory body over the stock markets and companies that are publicly traded.

SIPC (Securities Investor Protection Corporation) is a private, government sponsored agency that provides insurance to protect your assets at a brokerage firm in the event the brokerage fails.

Small Cap Stock
A Small Cap Stock is any company with a market capitalization of $1 billion or less.

Trade refers to the buying or selling of stocks, bonds, mutual funds, and other financial instruments.

Value Stocks
A Value Stock is one that is under priced by the market for reasons that have nothing to do with the business itself.

A Warrant gives the holder the right, but not the obligation, to purchase a specific number of shares of a stock at a specified price. Warrants are often issued along with new stock as an incentive to investors.

Balance Sheet
A Balance Sheet is an accounting for a company’s assets, liabilities, equity, and net worth at a certain point in time.

Basis Point
Basis point is equal to one hundredth of one per cent.

Stock Screens - Defining stock screens
Stock screens are software tools that allow investors to select stocks based on a set criteria that define the investor's target.

Discount Broker
Discount Brokers facilitate the buying and selling of securities, but don’t make product recommendations.

Diversification is the calculated spreading of your investments over a number of different asset classes.

Dividends are profits paid back to shareholders of the company

Dividend Yield
Dividend yield is a way to look a the relative price of a stock compared to its dividend.

Economic Indicators
Economic Indicators are key measurements of the economy, such as unemployment, wages, and prices, etc. that gauge the health of the economy

Economic Risk
Economic Risk is the danger that the economy could turn against your investment.

Equity Based Evaluation
Equity Based Evaluation relates the company’s equity to the stock price. This method uses price-to-book ratios and return on equity to find this relationship.

Execution refers to the actual consummation of a buy or sell order given to your stock broker.

Fiscal Year
A Fiscal Year is the accounting year for a company

Fundamental Analysis
Fundamental Analysis is a method for evaluating a stock on the basis of observing key ratios and understanding the underlying business.

Growth Investment Strategy
A Growth Investment Strategy identifies companies with significant growth potential and is willing to ride out frequent price fluctuations that are common to growth stocks.

Growth Stock
A Growth Stock stock is defined as a stock that usually pays no dividends, but puts profits back into the company to finance new growth.

Income Investment Strategy
An Income Investment Strategy identifies sources of immediate income whether through income stocks or bonds.

Income Statement
An Income Statement is a financial document listing income and expenses of a company that reveals how much was made or lost.

Inflation is too much money chasing too few goods. The result is a sharp rise in prices without any extra value added making money worth less.

Margin is a way to finance your stock purchases by borrowing from your broker.

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.

Market Order
Market Order to buy or sell placed with your broker requests the best price at that moment.

Technical analysis
Technical analysis relies on charts and data to predict the movement of stock prices rather than the business model of the company.

How Much Will You Need to Retire: Beating Inflation
Inflation is the worst enemy of retirement planning. A spike inflation can destroy your plans unless you are prepared.

Will You Have Enough Money to Retire? - Complicated Assumptions Make Calculation Difficult
Planning for retirement requires making many assumptions. How will you know if the ones you make are correct?

How Much Will You Need to Retire: It Costs More
It is dangerous to under-estimate your expenses in retirement or to over-estimate your investing returns. How do you plan for these problems?

How Much Will You Need to Retire?
Planning for retirement is challenging at best and may seem impossible at worst. However, now is the time to begin the process regardless of your age.

How Well Are You Stocks Doing? - Don't Forget Inflation and Taxes
If you don't figure in inflation and taxes, you aren't getting a clear picture of your rate of return.

Stock Market Today Represents Anticipated Future
The stock market anticipates the affect of current economic and political conditions on future corporate profits.

IPOs May Not Be Best Idea for Long-Term Stock Investors
Jumping on early trading of an IPO can lead to disappointment if the initial price bubble bursts.

Investing Goals Important to Stock Investors - Investment Goals Change with Age
It is important to understand what your goal is when investing in stocks and why it will change over time.

Google Stock Issue Means More Shares Available
Google is issuing 14,159,265 shares of Class A stock. What does that mean to investors?

Profit from Insider Trading - How Legal Insider Trading can Help You
What corporate insiders do with their shares can help you become a better investor if you know what to look for.

Five Steps Stock Investors Should take before End of the Year
These five steps will help you prepare your stock portfolio for the coming new year.

Investing in Stem Cell Research - Stem Cell Research is Controversial
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.

You can Pick Stock Winners - You Know more about Investing than You Think
You know more about the companies that are or will become stock market winners than you think. They make the products and services that you use everyday at work or home.

Women and Investing in Stocks - What Women Need to Know about Investing in Stocks
Women beginning investing in stocks need to accept five concepts to become successful investors.

What You Should Know about U.S. Treasury Bonds
U.S Treasury Bonds can offer investors a safe place to protect their nest-egg at on in retirement.

Treasury Bond Yield Curve Is an Important Stock Market Indicator - Widening Curve Optimistic Sign
The U.S. Treasury bond yield curve is an important stock market indicator.

Introduction to Asset Allocation - Why Asset Allocation is Important to Every Investor
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.

Economic Calendar - Upcoming Economic Calendar Announcements
Here are the upcoming economic announcements for the week.

This Week in the Market 09/20/04
What is happening this week 09/20/04 in the market.

Google's Stumbles Must End Now that It's All Grown Up
Google has been the darling of Wall Street until some rookie mistakes sent the stock tumbling. It's time for the company to grow up.

Stock Investors Enjoy Good News on Interest Rates
Good news from the minutes of the Fed meeting that hikes in interest rates may be near an end sent the markets higher.

Market's Strong Showing is Good News for Stock Investors
The stock market ignored the bad news and focused on the good news, which resulted in positive gains across the board.

Stock Markets Holiday Schedule for 2008 - When Stock Market will be Closed
The stock markets follow a set holiday schedule each year. Additional closings may be added to mark special occasions or under special circumstances.

Stock Markets Holiday Schedule for 2010 - When Stock Market will be Closed
The stock markets follow a set holiday schedule each year. Additional closings may be added to mark special occasions or under special circumstances.

Stock Market is Bet on Future - Katrina doesn't Slow Stock Market
Despite the horrible news from the Gulf Coast and some bad economic news to boot, the stock market has posted good gains in the last two weeks. Why?

Greenspan Stepping Down - What Does it Mean to Stock Investors?
Alan Greenspan ends his career at the Fed after 18 years at the helm.

World Tensions Threaten Stock Market - Iran's Oil a Factor in Our Stock Markets
Iran's program to build nuclear weapons threatens the critical oil supplies from that country and could cause a steep price hike, which could shake stock prices.

Katrina's Impact on Stock Market, Economy Unknown - Stock Investors Should be Wary
It is too early to gauge the full impact of Hurricane Katrina on the stock market and the economy, but there are some warning signs for stock investors.

Kmart Buys Sears - Do Two Weak Retailers Equal One Strong Retailer?
Kmart's surprise merger with Sears raises the question of whether two struggling retailers can become one strong retailer.

Fed Raises Target - the FOMC raises rates
The Fed raises the target for the Fed funds rate again to 1.75%.

Manufacturing Indicators - What You Need to Know
Business Inventories, Industrial Production, Capacity Utilization are three important indicators of manufacturing health. They are important to investors who want to follow the business cycle.

Top-Down Stock Investing looks at Big Picture - Stock Selection Method goes from Macro to Micro
Top-down investing looks at big picture before narrowing in on individual stocks.

Portfolio Rebalancing - Why You Need to Rebalance Your Portfolio after a Gain or Loss
Rebalancing your portfolio is an important maintenance function that will keep your investing program on track and true to your goals.

Size Matters in Investing - Company Size is Important in Investment Decisions
A company's size is an important investment consideration. The smaller the company, the more volatile and risky the investment.

Stock Prices - How are Stock Prices set each day
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.

Stop Loss Orders - How Stop Loss Orders Can Protect You
Stop Loss Orders can protect you when your favorite stock gets hit by a disaster by cutting your losses with an automatic sell.

Using Price Sales Ratio - How to Value a Stock Using the Sales Price Ratio
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.

Risk of Bond Default - How to Lower the Risk of Bond Default
Bonds should be the conservative part of your portfolio - so how do you avoid buying a bond likely to default?

Stock Buybacks - Are Stock Buybacks Good for Investors
Stock buybacks can be a good deal for stockholders or a smokescreen to hide weak financial ratios.

When and How to Sell a Winning Stock - Strategies for Selling Stock for a Profit
Knowing when and how to sell a winning stock is as important as knowing when to sell a losing stock.

It's Never too Early or too Late to Start Investing for Retirement
Investing for your retirement should be a priority regardless of your age.

Supply and Demand Will Keep Oil Stocks Golden - Long Term Demand Will Push Stocks
Continued and growing demand for energy will keep oil companies' profits high.

Discounted Stocks - Down Market is Great Time to Buy Discounted Stocks
When the market is depressed you might consider a shopping spree for discounted stocks.

Information on Dividends - Ratios on Dividends Explained
Dividend ratios can tell you much about a stock and its future payout prospects.

Great Source of Information on Companies - Finding Information on Companies to Invest in
One of the best sources of information on companies is free and as near as your computer.

False Signals that It's Time to Sell a Stock - Don't be Fooled into Selling a Stock too Early
There are several situations that may seem the right time to sell a stock, but be careful you don't fall for a false signal.

Interest Rates Primary Concern to Stock Market - Stocks React to Changes in Rates
The stock market closely watches interest rates for signs of change. Lower rates mean more money in the economy.

What does Inverted Yield Curve Mean for Stock Investors?
Does the inverted yield curve forecast a coming recession and what should stock investors do about it?

Picking Winning Stocks for the Future Not Easy - Look for Stocks with Key Characteristics
Investing in stocks is about looking into th

Don't Let Emotions Get in Way of Investing Success - Stop Emotions from Hurting Profits
Emotions play an influential role in investing success. Watch them closely or they'll derail your investing strategy.

Understanding IPOs - How Companies Use IPOs to Go Public
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.

Stock Buybacks may have Good Motives or May Not
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.

Real Rate of Return on Investments - Calculating the Real Rate of Return on Stock and other Investments
The real rate of return on an investment factors in inflation and taxes to give you a clearer picture of how much your purchasing power has increased.

Stock Manipulation is Serious Problem - Avoid Stock Scams by Avoiding Bogus Information
Investors should be concerned with false information designed to influence stock prices. This manipulation is unethical and may be illegal.

Stock Investing in Slow-Growth Economy - Strategies for Stock Investing Success
During a slow-growth economy, investors need to adopt new strategies to meet financial goals.

Margin of Error Protects Investors - Stock Investors Use Insurance
The margin of error is a factor you include in your calculations for determining at what price to buy. It provides some protection against the unknown and any calculation errors.

Filter Out Market Noise to Make Better Investing Decisions - Stock Investors Can Ignore the Fringe
During market turmoil, there is no shortage of verbal noise passing as wisdom.

What's Coming this Week 9/13/2004
There are several key economic numbers scheduled for release this week that have a bearing on the market.

The Disaster of $65 a Barrel Oil - Inflation and Oil Prices
Despite the Fed's lack of concern, high oil prices are a train wreck waiting to happen for our economy.

Investing Techniques that offer investors structured ways to approch investing
Investing techniques offer powerful ways for investors to execute their strategies. These techniques provide a structure for your investing.

Investing Philosophies - Develop an investing philosphy that reflects your personal outlook
What is a value investor or growth investor and how do they differ from a contrarain investor? Successful investors develop a way of looking for investing targets - a philosophy that helps them identify likely candidates.

Get Lost Lessons for Investing 101
Investing in Stocks - Basic Information for Investors

Definitions of terms and phrases beginning with G
Definitions of terms and phrases beginning with G

Google's IPO - A Red Flag - Why You Should Worry About Google's IPO
Google's upcoming IPO may be a receipe for overpricing their stock. Investors should use caution when approaching the issue.

Google Shares Surprise to Some Who Thought Google Owners Were More Shareholder Friendly
Overlooked by many, the news that Google has two classes of stock is now beginning to surface.

Investing Software - Use software to organize and manage the information on stocks
Investing software helps you sift through the mounds of data to find the right information you need to make better investment decisions.


This Week in the Market
This week in the market articles highlight key events in the up coming week.