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Top Stock Market Stories of Decade - Part One: The Dot.com Bubble
The popping of the dot.com bubble signaled the end to a period of wild speculation. Did we learn anything?
Stories of the Decade Part 2 - Terrorists' Attacks and Scandal Rock the Markets
Terrorists' attacks, the on-going dot.com collapse and Wall Street scandal rocked the markets in 2001.
Stock Market News from 2002 - Key Events that Shaped the Stock Market
The stock market halted its deep slide into bear territory and survived more accounting scandals in 2002.
2003 Set Stage for Future Financial Crisis - Market Turn Positive Helped by Low Interest Rates
Low interest rates helped set the stage for future financial crisis.
Stagflation is Major Concern for Stock Investors - Inflation and Slowing Economy Hurt Stocks
Stagflation is when the economy is not growing, but inflation rates are high - usually two conditions that don't exist at the same time. It is a dangerous economic crisis.
Consumer Confidence - Why the Consumer Confidence Index is Important to Investors
The Consumer Confidence Index is one of the two most important measures of future consumer spending expectations.
Holiday Shopping and the Stock Market - Why Holiday Shopping is Important to the Stock Market
The holiday shopping season is important because two-thirds of our economy depends on consumer spending.
Stock Market, Economy Collapse Head 2008 Business News - It Only Got Worse
The stock market and economy suffered major losses during 2008.
Stock Market Finds Bottom in 2009 - Slow Recovery for Economy
The stock market finally found a bottom putting a halt to the most serious market decline in 80 years.
Stock Market and Economy Face Challenges, Opportunities in 2010
What will the stock market and economy do in 2010? Several important indicators may tell us.
Market News Sources - Where to find market news on the Internet
Three top sources of market news on the Internet.
Watch Out for Stocks with High Debt Load - When Business Slows They'll Get Stuck
It's easy to borrow money to fund expansion, however be careful of how much companies borrow because a market reversal could be a disaster.
Consumer Price Index - What the CPI Tells You About Inflation
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.
Characteristics of Good Stock Screens - Stock Screens Select and Eliminate Companies
The better stock screens offer similar characteristics that give you greater flexibility when looking for investment candidates.
Top-Down or Bottom-Up Investors Can Use Stock Screens
Stock screens can help any investor make better stock selections by reducing the number of companies to research.
What You Should Know About Stock Screens - Stock Screens Sites Help Pick Investment Candidates
Stock screens help you narrow down a list of potential investment candidates if you know how to use them.
What Not to Expect from Stock Screens - Some Factors Beyond the Scope of Screens
Stock screens can help you narrow down your possible investment targets, but they can't do all the work for you.
You Should be Using Stock Screens - Stock Screens will Save Time
Stock screens will save you time and help you build a thoughtful portfolio by focusing on those companies that meet your investing requirements.
Tax Break Bill Helps Stock Investors - Keeps Rates the Same on Dividends, Capital Gains
Stock investors can count on tax rates staying the same for at least two years.
Stock Investors Get Few Tax Breaks - Not Many Deductions for Investors
The majority of investors don't qualify for special tax deductions under current IRS code. To qualify for most deductions, you must trade full-time.
What to do with a Tax Refund - Take Responsibility for Personal Finances
The road to prosperity for you and the country is getting through the tremendous burden of too much debt.
Prepare for Tax Problems with Stock Sales - Even in Down Market Stock Sales May Produce Tax Bill
Don't let a down market produce a surprise tax bill.
Simplified Tax Plan for Investors - Tax-Free Dividends Proposed
A commission has proposed some changes to simplify the tax code. Among the proposed changes are recommendations on the way dividend income and capital gains are taxed.
How You Look at Stock is Matter of Perspective - Is it Positive or Negative?
Making investment decisions are more than just crunching numbers. Deciding on one stock over another may include how you look at its future.
Is a Fee-Based Broker Right for You?
Traditional stockbrokers are divided into two types: commissioned-based and fee-based. Fee-based brokers offer a wide variety of services in addition to handling your trades.
Protect Stock Profits in Pullback or Major Correction with Strategies
Protecting stock profits during pullbacks or major corrections is important if you want to be successful.
Knowing when to Sell Winning Stock is as Important as Knowing when to Sell Losing Stock
Knowing when to sell can be tricky, but you don't earn a profit until you do.
Stocks that Slip from Market Leadership Positions Should be Sold before the Fall
Don't wait for a market leader that has lost its way to discover the path back to the top - get out before your losses mount.
Stock Market Is About Making Money - Stock Market Is Not a Single Entity
The stock market exists for only one reason: to make money.
Periods of Low Returns Create Temptations to Try Risky Investments - Stock Investors Should Stick to Basics
When prevailing rates of return are low, it is tempting to look for higher yields, but you should avoid the temptation.
The Stock Market Is a Dynamic Force - Stuff Happens When You Least Expect It
March has historically been a difficult month for the stock market, but then so have other months.
After Gain or Loss, Emotions Can Shape Stock Investment Decisions - Beware of Emotions
The emotions of a gain or loss can cloud your judgement.
Beware of Frictional Expenses When Investing in Stocks
If you don't minimize the expenses associated with investing in stocks, you will not achieve the return you want.
Decide if you are Growth or Value Stock Investor - Both Work but for Different Stocks
Growth and value investing are the two main styles that most investors use - you should know about each.
Growth Stocks Are About the Future - What Will the Stock Do Tomorrow?
Investing in growth stocks is all about the future. What will the company do in terms of growth next week, next month, or next year?
Value Stock Investors find Under-Priced Stocks - Value Stock Investors Concerned with Present
Value investors look for stocks that are under-priced and use fundamental analysis tools to uncover candidates.
Don't Get Cheap when Buying for the Long Term - Holding Out for Pennies May Cost You More
Trying to save pennies on a long-term stock buy may cost you more than you could possibly save if you're not careful.
Do Gut-Check Before Buying Stock - Ask Yourself these Questions before You Buy a Stock
Before you buy a stock, ask yourself several questions as way of review to make sure you understand the investment.
Investing not Speculating - What Happens when at Stock Takes Off for No Apparent Reason
What a stock's price shoots up with little or no change in fundamentals it usually means the traders are at work.
Nasdaq Market Makers - What do NASDAQ Market Makers do?
Market makers in the Nasdaq are responsible for creating and maintaining a market for securities listed on the exchange.
Managing Risk - Investing with your Risk Tolerance in Mind
Risk and investing must go together. The trick is to manage risk so that if falls within your tolerances.
Risk Tolerance - Watch Your Risk Tolerance or You'll Make Bad Decisions
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.
How to Spot Investment Scams - Don't be Investing Scam Victim
Investment scams come in many shapes and sizes, but they have one thing in common - very high rates of return.
Emotions Cloud Stock Investing - Getting Past Stock Losses
No one wants to lose money, but it is better to lose a little than to lose a lot. Don't let emotions cloud your judgment.
Protect Stocks while on Vacation - Use Stop Loss Orders to Protect Stock Profits
Don't leave your stock positions unattended when you go on vacations. A few simple instructions to your broker will help you sleep better on the beach.
How Low Can Stocks Go - No Bottom to Stock Prices
Investors sometimes forget that there is no guarantee with stocks. They could lose their entire investment.
Poll Results for Dow at End of 2008 - Stock Investors Optimistic, So Far
The results of a poll on where the Dow be at the end of 2008 show stock investors are positive. Will their confidence hold up?
Investing in Stocks means Expecting Sell-Offs - Stocks Subject to Sell-Offs
The stock market is subject to periodic sell-offs that do not necessarily indicate a long-term downward trend.
Getting a Tax Refund? Here’s How to Invest It - Pay Off High-Interest Debt First
Use any tax refund to get your personal finances in better shape.
Understand How Stock Prices Are Set - Many Factors Help Determine Stock Prices
How stock prices are set may seem like an alternate reality, however once you understand some of the factors it is less confusing. These articles cover some of the factors that may push stock prices up or cause them to drop. Once you understand the basics, stock prices begin to make more sense.
Why Buy Stocks That Pay Dividends - Dividends Can Smooth Out Bumps in Stock Prices
Stocks that pay dividends provide you with regular income, even if the stock's price is bouncing up and down.
Stock Information Center - Basic Facts You Need to Begin Investing in Stocks
Investing in stocks begins with a basic understanding of what stocks are, where they are traded and some fundamental rules.
Understanding Down Markets - Stock Investors Need Basic Information on Down Markets
When the stock market heads down, investors need to understand what is happening and why and what they should and should not do.
Is the Stock Market Riskier or Does It Just Seem That Way? - Economic Uncertainty Means Volatility
When the economy and stock market is uncertain about the future, fear drives prices and trends.
Stocks are Long-Term Investment - Wind Down Stock Holdings before Five-Year Window
Stocks are a long-term investment and you shouldn't hold money you'll need in five years or less in stocks - they are too volatile.
Fortune 500 Gushed Profits - Large Company Stocks Provide Return
Large companies have the resources to take advantage of global market conditions and their stock can reflect that strength.
Following Stock Market Crowd Not Always a Good Idea - Momentum Powerful, but Often Wrong
Momentum in the stock market can be a powerful force, but it is often wrong because it is driven by emotion and not logic.
Companies with too much Cash are Mature Stocks
When a company has too much cash, how it deals with the situation tells you much about whether this is a stock to own.
Is Inflation or Recession Worse for Stock Investors - How to Protect your Portfolio Against Inflation and Recession
Recession and inflation both pose dangers for the stock investor, however many fear inflation the most.
Understanding What Affects Stock Prices - Stock Values Built on Growth
Investors are buying future growth when they invest in stocks.
Know the Two Forms of Stock Diversification - Why Stock Diversification is Important
There two forms of diversification you should know to make your portfolio less volatile.
Stock Buybacks, Dividends Good for Investors, but May Mean Slow Growing Economy
Companies that don't invest in expansion may contribute to slowing economy.
Companies with Great Stories may be Good Stocks, but look for Committed Management
Companies with compelling stories may sound attractive, but it takes more than interesting ideas to make a good stock investment.
Is this Stock Scam? - Crooks Target Investors who let Greed Over-ride Good Judgement
Is this an example of the pump and dump stock scam? Stock scams work by appealing to investors' greed.
Avoid the Extremes when Investing - Economic and Market Cycles Reward the Middle
Stock investors would do well to avoid market and economic extremes as part of their investment plan.
Timing Market Turns is Foolish Game - Better to Stay Invested than Guess Where Bottom Is
You are making a mistake if you try to time when a down market will turn around. Research shows you are better off staying in the market.
Stock Short Sellers Squeeze - Short Sellers Rally Market When Covering Stock Positions
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.
Is Stock Market a Bear or in Correction - Stock Markets Measure Results
The movement of the S&P 500 tells us whether the stock market is a bull, bear or in a correction.
Don't Sacrifice Mix of Stocks and Bonds in Crazy Markets - Correct Stocks, Bonds Mix Important
Turmoil in the stock market may tempt investors to drop their investment plan and react to the market. That's a bad idea.
What should Stock Investors do in Troubled Market? - Strategy may Depend on Years to Retirement
What should stock investors do in a troubled market? Should you hold or liquidate holdings and stay in cash? There are no easy answers.
Commercial Paper Market and Why Stock Investors Should Care
The commercial paper market is of vital importance to the economy. When it doesn't work, bad things happen.
Bull and Bear Stock Markets Go Together - Stocks need both Bull and Bear Markets
Bull and bear markets go together and are necessary for an efficient market.
Market Downturns May Be Good Time to Buy - Strategy Is for Long-Term Investors Only
Buying in a market downturn may be a good way to pick up good stocks at bargain prices.
Deflation Poses Serious Problems for Stock Investors and Economy
Deflation is the dramatic drop in prices across the board. There are too few buyers for too many goods.
Bear Markets Part of Investing in Stocks - Expect Bear Markets and Prepare Stock-Bond Mix
Bear markets happen, but if you prepare your mix of stocks and bonds you have a better chance of coming out with less damage.
Stock Prices Driven by Supply and Demand - Housing Crunch Example of Supply and Demand
Stock prices are driven by the relationship between buyers and sellers. Attractive stocks have more buyers than sellers, which drives up prices, while less attractive stocks feel the reverse effect.
What Are the Types of Corporate Bankruptcy? - What Does Bankruptcy Do to Stockholders and Bond Owners?
What are the main types of corporate bankruptcy?
Where will Dow be at End of Year? - Where will Stocks End 2009?
The new year poses many challenges for stocks, including high oil prices, the credit crisis, and an ongoing recession.
Finding Money to Invest - How to Find Money in Your Personal Budget for Investing
Here's a simple formula for freeing up money for investing in stocks out of your personal budget.
Understanding Types of Bonds - There are Several Different Types of Bonds Offered
You can purchase bonds from a variety of sources including the U.S. Treasury, municipalities and corporations. Each has unique characteristics and features.
Understanding Types of Bonds - There are Several Different Types of Bonds Offered
You can purchase bonds from a variety of sources including the U.S. Treasury, municipalities and corporations. Each has unique characteristics and features. Page 2.
Inflation Dangerous to Stocks - Inflation Erodes Purchasing Power
Inflation is a major threat to the stock market and investors, especially those heavily invested in fixed income securities.
How the Fed Affects Stock Prices - What the Fed Does
The Fed is the single most important federal agency for stock market investors because its actions directly affect the markets.
Don't Worry about Average Return for Stocks - Focus on Best Stocks for You
Don't fall into the trap of expecting a 10% return from your investments because that's what the market's averaged.
Growth of Dow a Belief in Stock Market Potential or Flight to Security?
The Dow has registered impressive gains since mid-year 2006. What is behind this growth. Is it the strong economy or are investors looking for the safest place to put their stock investing dollars?
H1N1 (Swine) Flu May Distupt Economy - Swine Flu Threat May Escalate in Fall
H1N1 (swine) flu has the potential to disrupt the economy.
Companies That Under-Report Earnings Difficult to Trust - Watch Out for Companies That Game the System
Some companies attempt to boost their stock prices by advising the investment community that earnings will be less than they really are.
Happy Holidays Means Creating Jobs - No Recovery Until Jobs Are Being Created
There will be no happy holiday season until the economy begins creating jobs instead of shedding them.
Easy Tool to Help Stock Investors Follow Economic Indicators
This easy tool will help you follow the announcements for important economic indicators, some of which can move the stock market.
It's Not Your Father's Stock Market Anymore - Global Stock Markets Complicate Decisions
Thanks to globalization and super-fast trading platforms, stock investors are more challenged than ever before.
Changes in Interest Rates Important to Stock Investors - Stock Prices May Be Affected
Interest rate changes, whether up or down, can affect stock prices. Investors should be prepared.
Has Stock Market, Economy Collaspe Broken Confidence with Investors - What Lessons Can We Learn
Investors in company-sponsored retirement plans hurt by stock market collapse may have lost confidence in investing.
Don't Invest in Stocks Driven by Hurricanes - Predicting Storm Damage Stocks a Joke
Hurricane season may mean disaster on the coast, but don't try to cash in with stock investments.
Which Candidate will be Better for the Stock Market and Economy?
The two major presidential candidates have different views on the economy and how to deal with the problems. Who do you think will handle the economy better: John McCain or Barack Obama? Register your vote.
Can and Should Investors Profit from Swine Flu - Buying and Selling Stock Does Not Contribute to Suffering
Should investors attempt to profit from the Swine Flu?
Interest Rates Important to Stock Investors - Keep Your Eye on Interest Rates for Market-Moving Announcements
Interest rates and trends are critically important to stock investors.
The Importance of Humans in Creating and Solving the Financial Crisis - Bernanke Up for Another Term
People create financial crises and people can solve them.
Market Doesn't Keep Moving in Same Direction - Investors Must Be Wary of Expecting Direction to Remain Unchanges
The stock market may seem unpredictable, however that's no excuse for expecting it to always continue in the same direction.
October Bad Month for Stock Market Crashes - Major Stock Market Crashes Recorded in October
The three major stock market crashes occurred in October, but that's probably just a coincidence.
Election may Signal Bad News for Stock Market - Investors Prepare for Gridlock
The stock market doesn't like change, yet that's what's coming with the election.
Look for Signs Market has Hit Bottom - Ted Spread Indicates Confidence in Credit Markets
The Ted Spread is an indicator that gauges the confidence of the credit markets. Investors should monitor the indicator for signs of strength or weakness in credit markets.
Rising Unemployment Hurts Stocks - Fewer Consumers Means Less Money for Retailers
More people out of work means fewer consumers spending and that hurts the economy.
Beating Earnings Estimates - Why Beating Earnings Estimates is Important
Meeting or beating earnings estimates is rewarded in the market, but watch out if a stock falls short.
Challenges Facing Investors - What Challenges Face Investors in Coming Years
Newly re-elected President Bush faces numerous challenges that will impact your bank account.
Stock Market Crash - Can the Stock Market Crash Today?
The stock market crash of 1929 erased 90% of the market's value. Can another crash like that happen again?
Stock Market Poised for Drop - Election Dispute may Trigger Market Drop
If there is no clear winner in the Presidential election, brace yourself for a significant drop in the stock market.
: Online Stock Brokers Reviewed - What Do You Hate/Love About Your Broker>
What do you love or hate about your stock broker? Tells us how you really feel and what could the broker do to change your mind.
Should the Government Limit Executive Compensation?
Should the government limit executive compensation?
What Do You Love or Hate About Your Stockbroker
What do you love or hate about your stockbroker?
Nominal Yield. Stocks.
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Yield to Maturity
Yield to Maturity. Stocks.
Current Yield. Stocks.
401(k) Plans. Stocks.
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Defined Benefit Plan
Defined Benefit Plan. Stocks.
Long and Short
Long and Short. Stocks.
The New York Stock Exchange or NYSE is oldest and most prestigious of all stock exchanges.
Selling Short is where you sell a stock you do not own in anticipation that the price is going to fall.
Coincident indicators are economic measures that change at the same time as the economy.
Class B Stock
Class B stock has special priveledges and is usually retained by the company founders.
Dow Jones Industrial Average
Dow Jones Industrial Average also known as the Dow, is the best known and most widely quoted stock index in the popular press.
Federal Reserve Board
Federal Reserve Board, also know as the “Fed,” controls the nation’s interests rates by setting the key rates.
Initial Public Offering
The Initial Public Offering is the first time a company issues stock for sale to the public.
Large Cap Stock
A Large Cap Stock is any company with a market capitalization of $8 billion or more.
Leading indicator - leading economic indicator
Leading indicator is an economic indicator that changes before the economy does.
Lagging indicators change only after the economy has changed.
Write a Buy Case before you Buy a Stock
A buy case is a simple explanation of why you believe this stock would be a good addition to your portfolio. It includes research to back up your conclusion.
Spotting Stock Market Trends - How the Stock Market tells Us What It's Going to Do
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.
Add Some Giant Stocks to Your Portfolio - Mega - Cap Stocks
Mega-cap stocks may provide you a measure of stability when inflation and interest rates start going up.
Three Influences on Stock Prices - Fundamentals, Sectors, and Markets Affect Stock Prices
There are three main influences on a stock's price: business fundamentals, its sector or industry, and market conditions.
Stock Prices and Value are not the Same Thing - Keep Your Eye on Stock's Value
Daily chatter about stock prices is mostly just noise - focus on a company's value for long-term investing success.
Dollar Cost Averaging - Use Dollar Cost Averaging to Make the Market Work for You
Dollar cost averaging is a powerful tool individual investors can use to lower their costs in a long term investment.
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When to Sell Stocks - How to Know when to Sell Stocks
Knowing when to sell stocks is sometimes as difficult a knowing when to buy. This is the first part of a two-part series.
FAQ Treasury Notes - Treasury Notes
Treasury notes have replaced bonds as the main long maturity debt issue of the government with maturities of up to 10 years.
When to Sell Stocks - How to Recognize Market-Driven Signs It's 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.
Preferred Stock not Always Preferred Investment
Preferred stock has some unique features, however don't let the name fool you, these shares leave much to be desired.
P/E is the most Important Stock Valuation Measure - Stock Investors Watch P/E
A stock's P/E is a key valuation measurement investors use to determine how much to pay for a stock.
Bonds and Interest Rates - Bond Prices Move Inversely to 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.
FAQ on Two types of stocks, common and preferred
There are two types of stocks, common and preferred. What are the differences.
FAQ on different classes of stocks
Companies sometimes issue two classes of stock - one for the public and another for the founders.
FAQ on how stock prices are set
Stock prices are set by supply and demand
Investing in Stocks - Basic Information for Investors
FAQ on risk and reward on investing in stocks
Risk and reward are part of investing. You must find the level of risk that is comfortable for your personal style.
Trading Stock Options - Beginners Should Use Caution in Trading Stock Options
Trading stock options is not for beginners, but it can enhance your investing.
FAQ Types of Bonds - Treasury Bonds
U.S. treasury bonds have a maturity of up to 30 years.
Stocks and Stock Market FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions about Stocks
What is a stock? How does it fit into our economy? What is a bond?
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.
Watch Expenses to Avoid Killing Investing Profits - Stock Investing Hurt by Expenses, Fees
Expenses, including broker fees and taxes, will eat up big chunks of your profits from investing in stocks.
Will Stagnant Stock Market, Economy Kill Buy and Hold Investing?
Is buy and hold stock investing dead? No, but stock investors must understand the danger of stock market volatility.
Can Stocks Be a Bubble?
What if fortune smiles on you and a stock you own shoots through the roof?
Margin Trading - Using Margin to Leverage your Profits or Losses
Margin trading is a way to magnify your buying power by borrowing money from your broker for up to 50% of a stock purchase.
Investing Philosophies - Part One of a Series on Different Investment Philosophies
Developing an investing philosophy will help you focus your investing in areas that work toward building a coherent portfolio.
Bottom-Up Stock Picker Relies on Fundamentals - Bottom-Up Investors Select Stock of Strong Companies
Bottom-up investors focus on strong companies and believe they will perform well in any market conditions.
Long Term Investing - The benefits of long term investing explained
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.
Market Timing - Why Market Timing is Dangerous
Market timing is a strategy that attempts to predict future market movements using fundamental and technical analysis.
Stock Tips Can Lead to Bad Investments
Well-meaning friends may want you to buy their great stock, but be careful of over-priced stocks.
Naked Short Selling not for Inexperienced - Does Short Selling Drive Down Share Prices?
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.
Understanding Stock's Beta - How Beta Ratio is Used and Misused
A stock's beta ratio is a useful tool for measuring risk, but it does have some serious limitations.
Institutional Ownership of Stocks - How Important is Institutional Ownership of Stocks?
The actions of the institutional owners of a stock can tell you something about the quality of the stock - sometimes you can believe it.
Taxes and Investing - What You Need to Know about Taxes and Investing
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.
Forget Old Saying and Invest on Fundamentals
Old sayings contain a particle of truth, but you are better off investing on fundamentals than some cliche that's only right part of the time.
Investing Goals - Setting Investing Goals is Important
It is important to set investing goals, especially if you have more than one major goal.
What is Investing? - How does investing differ from saving?
What is investing and how does it differ from saving? Investing is the proactive use of your money to make more money.
How Are Your Stocks Performing - Investing in Stocks Requires Information
Measuring the performance of your stocks requires information on competitors.
Earnings Season - Understanding Earnings Season
Earnings season is that time when a large number of companies report quarterly earnings to the public.
Wealth Builders are concepts founded in fact and reason that provide for the accumulation of wealth. Compounding of interest is the best known and most powerful of all wealth building concepts.
Investors are required to keep a minimun amount of equity in their accounts, which is a combination of cash and market value of their securities.
If you fail to keep your account at or above minimum maintenance, your broker will issue a margin call for you to either deposit more more or sell securities to cover the shortfall.
The minimum margin is the initial amount deposited before trading in a margin account.
Similar to 401(k) plans, 403(b) Plans are for religious, educational and other non-profit groups.
The Annual report goes to all shareholders and details the financial results for the past fiscal year.
Asset Allocation is the process of distributing your investment assets in a manner that is consistent with your investment goals among different classes of investments.
Baby boomers describes the 76 million people born between 1946 and 1964.
Balanced Investment Strategy
Balanced Investment Strategy looks for a blend of income and growth, hoping for the best of both, but counting on at least one being successful if the other falters.
Blue Chip Stocks
Blue Chip Stocks refer to the most prestigious and solid companies on the market. It is thought the term came from the fact that blue chips in poker are the most expensive ones.
A Bull Market is one characterized by significant and long-term growth in value in the stock market as shown by rising market indicators. In less technical terms, there are more buyers than sellers.
Business Cycle - understanding business cycles and investing
Business cycles are the natural expansion and contraction of the economy as witnessed by the flow from recession to recovery.
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.
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 is the primary unit of ownership in a corporation.
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 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.
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.
Position describes your current holdings. If you owned 100 shares of IBM, your position would be “long 100 IBM.”
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 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.
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.
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.
A Balance Sheet is an accounting for a company’s assets, liabilities, equity, and net worth at a certain point in time.
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 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 is a way to look a the relative price of a stock compared to its dividend.
Earnings Per Share - Understanding Earnings Per Share
Earnings Per Share is calculated by dividing a company's net earnings by the outstanding shares.
Economic Indicators are key measurements of the economy, such as unemployment, wages, and prices, etc. that gauge the health of the economy
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.
A Fiscal Year is the accounting year for a company
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.
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.
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 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 to buy or sell placed with your broker requests the best price at that moment.
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.