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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.
Stock Regulation - What Agencies Regulate the Stock Market
The stock market and securities industry is highly regulated. Several layers of regulatory oversight are designed to protect the individual investor.
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.
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.
What Are the Types of Corporate Bankruptcy? - What Does Bankruptcy Do to Stockholders and Bond Owners?
What are the main types of corporate bankruptcy?
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.
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.
How Stock Prices Are Set - Supply and Demand Drive Daily Prices
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.
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.
What Happens When Company Files Bankruptcy? - What Are Options for Stockholders and Bond Owners?
What happens to your stock or bonds when a company goes bankrupt?
Earnings Season - Understanding Earnings Season
Earnings season is that time when a large number of companies report quarterly earnings to the public.
What Happens to Stock and Bond Owners in Bankruptcy? - Will You Get Your Money Back?
Whether stock or bond holders receive any money from bankruptcy proceeds depends on several factors.
Dividends - How Dividends Make You Money
Dividends are a way companies distribute a portion of their profits to shareholders.
Understanding Indexes - What Market Indexes Tell Us (and What they don't)
Market indexes like the Dow, S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite, can be useful tools if you understand what they do and do not represent.
Understanding Indexes - What Market Indexes Tell Us (and What They Don't)
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.
Should You Sell Stocks After Market Has Big Gain?
Should You Sell Stocks After Market Has Big Gain?
Difference Between Value Stock and Cheap Stock - Value Stocks Are a Proven Strategy
When virtually all stocks appear to be bargains during a bear market, it is important to identify those stocks of value.
Consider R&D Spending when Evaluating Stock
Research and development is important to every company, since that's where new products and services are created.
Simple Calculations Help You Determine Return on Your Investments
You can use a few simple calculations to determine how your investments are performing and what they are returning.
Picking Stocks Begins with Your Needs - Where do You Want Assets Invested?
The first step in picking a stock is to determine where you need to diversify your portfolio.
Cash Ratio Important Measure of Stock's Liquidity - Liquidity Important When Considering a Stock
The cash ratio tells you how easily a company can weather a difficult economy.
Return on Assets Important Stock Picking Metric - ROA Considers Efficiency of Management
Return on Assets is an important number for investors to know when considering a stock. It provides a measure of efficiency.
Earnings Bring Market Dose of Reality - Conflict Between Past Performance and Future Expectations
Earnings season is a quarterly show and tell that helps investors adjust their expectations.
Free Cash Flow and Stock Value - Understanding Free Cash Flow Helps Determine Stock's Price
Free cash flow is one of the most important numbers you need to know about a stock. It will help you determine a fair price for the company's stock.
How to Pick Winning Stock in Health Care Reform - What to Look for As Health Care Reform Bill Is Debated
Health care reform could create some interesting stock investment possibilities.
TRIN Index Measures Whether Stock Market Is Over-Bought or Over-Sold
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.
Avoid Companies that are not Earning Money - How to Eliminate Companies from Investment Consideration
It is easy to become excited about a new idea or technology, but investing in companies with no history of making money is risky.
TIKI Looks at Dow Stocks for Signs of Price Reversal - Indicator Measures Whether Investors Are Buying or Selling Dow Stocks
The TIKI in a market internal that looks at the difference between rising and falling Dow stocks to gauge market sentiment.
Earnings Growth is Important - Look for Stocks with Consistent Growth in Earnings
Companies that show a consistent growth in earnings make attractive investment candidates for stock investors.
TICK Index Measures Stock Market Sentiment - TICK Calculates Whether More Stocks Are Rising or Falling
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.
Market Internals May Give Clue to Direction - Traders Watch of Signals of Market's Movement
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.
Reviews of Top Financial Web Sites - Yahoo! Finance Offers Strong Price, Index Information
Yahoo! Finance is a strong financial Web site that excels in price and index information.
Morningstar Rich in Stock News - Premium Membership Worth Price for Serious Investor
Serious investors will find Morningstar.com a wealth of stock information.
Reuters Top-Notch Stock Investing Web Site - Great Stock Screens and Company Information
Reuters is a name rich in international reporting history that brings that same level of coverage to stock news.
CNN Money Is Top Notch Financial News Site - CNN Money Covers a Wide Spectrum of Financial News
CNN Money is a top notch financial Web site that covers a wide spectrum of financial news.
Stock Market Swings Not Best Time to Judge a Stock - Fundamentals More Important to Long-Term Investors
Bouncing stock prices don't paint an accurate picture of a company's worth. Fundamentals are still the most important consideration in evaluating a stock.
No Bad Time to Buy Growth Stocks - Some Stocks Grow no Matter what Market is Doing
You can find growth stocks in almost any market, but you may have to look harder in some markets than others.
Down Market Is Good Reminder of Risk - Investors Forget That It Is Possible to Lose Money
A down market is a good reminder that investing in stocks carries a certain amount of risk.
Beating the Stock Market - Why you may want to Judge your Stock Investments Differently
Beating the market with your stock investments may not be the best goal for your portfolio.
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.
Yield to Maturity
Yield to Maturity
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 Benefit Plan
Defined Benefit Plan
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.
The New York Stock Exchange or NYSE is oldest and most prestigious of all stock exchanges.
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.
Coincident indicators are economic measures that change at the same time as the economy.
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.
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.
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.
Long and Short
Long and Short
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.
Tax Consequences of Investing in Stocks - Plan Stock Investments for Best Returns
Investing in stocks has tax consequences. Be sure you know what the tax consequences of investing in stocks will do to your returns.
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.
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.
Stock Investors Facing Retirement Have Tough Choices - Stocks: Too Much or Too Little?
Finding the right mix of stocks to other assets is especially tricky for those near or in retirement.
Power of Compounding Can Be Trap for Long-Term Stock Investor - Faulty Assumptions a Problem
Compounding is a powerful force for building wealth, however don't fall into the trap of faulty assumptions.
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.
Learning When to Buy or Sell Stocks Not Easy - Bubbles Exciting, But Dangerous
Jumping into the latest hot investment can be exciting, but don't let your emotions make to take dangerous risks.
Stock Investors Must Watch Interest Rates Closely - Important If You Are Buying or Selling
Stock investors should keep a close watch on the direction of interest rates. A change in direction can mean short-term movement up or down.
Stock Investors Worry About Return on Savings - Interest Ladders Can Help
Stock investors should have cash reserve for emergencies and near-term financial needs. How can they get the best return on savings?
How to Legally Manipulate Stock Prices - Institutional Investors Have Power
Institutional investors can manipulate stock prices with their large buying power.
Avoiding Mistakes When Investing in Stocks
We all make mistakes, but investors in the stock market need to learn from their failures so they don't keep repeating the same error.
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.
Investment Options to Reach Your Financial Goals - Mutual Funds Are One Choice
What investment option is best for reaching your financial goals?
Investing: Saving with Attitude
Investing is a necessity for most people if they want to reach significant financial goals.
Checking on Market Index Futures - What will the Market do Tomorrow?
Market index futures give you a clue about what traders think the market is going to do the next session.
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.
Before You Begin Investing in Stocks - Take These Steps Before Investing in Stocks
Before you begin investing in stocks, you should get your personal financial house in order by attending to these matters.
News Sources for Investors Getting Started - Beginning Stock Investors Should Look Here
If you are just getting started in investing in stocks, these news sites will help you understand the markets and financial news.
Introduction to Investing in Stocks - Ask Yourself These Questions Before Investing in Stocks
You need to ask (and answer) some questions before you begin investing in stocks.
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.
Using Home Equity to Buy Stocks: Good Idea or Nuts? - Don't Combine Risks
Is it ever a good idea to refinance your house and use the cash to invest in stocks? Not so much.
The Basics of Trading Stocks - The First Things You Need to Know About the Stock Market
Trading stocks begins with a basic understanding of what the stock market is like and how all the pieces fit together.
Identifying Industrial Sectors with Prospects for Growth - Finding Great Companies
Stock sectors provide a helpful context to begin your search for investment candidates.
The State of the Economy and the Stock Market - Tools to Help Stock Investors
Stock investors always do so in the context of the economy and stock market. Here are some tools to help assess the environment.
Three Steps to Better Stock Investing - How to Get Started in Stock Investing
These three steps will help you get a better start in stock investing.
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.
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.
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.
Why Interest Rates Are Important to the Stock Market - Interest Rates Fuel Stocks and Economy
Interest rates determine the speed of growth. Low interest rates mean money is inexpensive for investment or expansion. High interest rates cool growth by making money more expensive.
Where Are the Individual Investors? - Fear Has Driven Many Out of Market
Fear is a powerful emotion and it may be keeping many individual investors out of the market.
Five Reasons You Should Continue to Invest in Stocks - A Five-Part Series on Investing in Stocks
The stock market can seem chaotic at times, but it is still the best avenue to asset building most individual investors have.
The Stock Market Is Not the Economy - Stock Market Is Leading Indicator
The stock market is not the economy, but to hear some tell the news, they are the same.
Strong Dollar or Weak Dollar? - Which Is Best for U.S. Stock Investors
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?
Be Very Careful When Buying Individual Stocks - Many Factors Affect Stock Prices
Buying individual stocks is a complicate matter because of the many factors that can drive prices.
Thinking About Trading Stocks on Volatility? Think Again - Trading on Price Changes Dangerous
Trading on stock price changes in a volatile market is a dangerous strategy and usually a losing one.
Stock Investors Plan With Their Heads, But Buy With Their Hearts
If you stick with your investing plan, you have a better chance of reaching your goals.
Housing Market Begins Collapse in 2007 - Few Saw Extent of Financial Crisis
It was a year of highs and lows, but 2007 really set the stage for the near collapse of the financial system.
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.
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.
Rising Energy Prices Are a Shock - Stock Markets Lackluster in 2004
Gasoline sold in excess of $2 per gallon, but the worse was yet to come.
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.
Stock Market Today Represents Anticipated Future
The stock market anticipates the affect of current economic and political conditions on future corporate profits.
What to Do When Stock Market Is Up or Down? - Making Sense of Market Volatility
Stock market volatility can make investing decisions difficult. Consider three important factors in your decision
Diversifying Stock Portfolio Takes Some Thought - How to Mix Up Your Assets
Diversifying your stock portfolio helps reduce your risk.
Why Stocks Are Risky and What to Do About It
The stock market can be (is) risky. How to protect your assets.
The Coming Generational War - How Competition for Jobs Will Split Society
Thanks to the financial crisis, fewer people are retiring and creating new job opportunities for young people.
Stock Investors: The Safe Haven Trap - Bonds May Not Be Safest Place for Every Investor
The flight to safety - from stocks to bonds - may be a trap for some investors.
Earnings Season Makes Investors Nervous - Investing in Stocks Means Dealing with Uncertainty
Four times per year, companies report quarterly earnings. These reports can drive prices up or down and create uncertainty for stock investors.
The Manual Method of Protecting Stock Profits - Some Prefer Getting Their Hands Dirty
Some stock investor prefer the hands-on approach. This strategy will help you protect your stock profits.
Planning When You Don't Know What the Stock Market Is Going to Do
How do you plan for the unknown? Stock market investors should look at the long-term where history is on their side.
"Stock Market's Worst Day of the Year" - Yikes, What Do I Do Now?
What's your strategy when the stock market does a swan dive into the toilet? Selling is probably not the answer.
Dollar Cost Averaging Investing Remains Solid Investing Strategy
Buy and hold investing has been pronounced dead by some in the financial press. Don't believe it.
Get Personal Finances in Order Before Investing in Stock Market
The stock market is no place for an investor carrying a lot of high-interest credit card debt. Pay off those high-interest debts before investing in the stock market.
Should You Own Stocks or Mutual Funds? - The Answer for Most Investors Is Both
Smart investors often find they need both stocks and mutual funds to accomplish their goals.
Are You Ready to Invest in Stocks? - Take Care of Personal Finances First
How do you know when you are ready to invest in stocks?
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.
How Do You Spot a Stock Market Bubble - What Is Fueling Higher Stock Prices
Something always fuels a stock market bubble. Spot the fuel and you may have an idea when to expect a pop.
Ride Out Down Stock Market - Don't Follow the Herd over a Cliff
When a trouble economy has investors dumping stocks, don't follow the herd over a cliff.
Stock Investors Should Look for Winners in Down Market - Low Debt, High Cash Is Clue
Finding winning stocks in a down market takes more searching and effort, but you may be rewarded with a big gain when the market turns.
Taking Some Risk in Bear Market - Is This a Good Time to Look for Winners?
For investors with some tolerance for risk, a terrible recession and bear stock market may be an opportunity to pick up some potential winners.
Market Cycles are Opportunity for Stock Investors - Cycles Create Stock-Buying Opportunities
The stock market rotates through predictable cycles. Some of the cycles can be difficult on investors, but they also create bargains.
Picking Great Stock for Long-Term Investment - Identifying Great Companies for Long-Term Investment
Picking great stocks for long-term investments is about picking great companies that will continue to be great.
Too much Money in Stock Market may mean Trouble Ahead
When everyone is buying stocks, it may be a sign that the market is over-bought and about to correct itself.
Numbers Can Be Confusing When Considering Stocks - Use Critical Thinking Skills
The stock market is all about numbers, but you would be wise to put them in context before making a decision.
Why Investors Love Stocks Like Apple - Hard to Ignore Growth
Apple has loyal customers and sells expensive products. Growth over past five years has been tremendous.
What Do Investors Do in Volatile Stock Market?
Volatility in the stock market has changed the risk associated with investing in stocks.
What Goes Down Must Come Up – Unless We Are Talking About the Stock Market
The stock market always bounces back after a low and falls after a high - right?
Contrarian Stock Investors Look Beyond the Crowd - Following the Crowd Not Always Smart
Following the herd may seem safe, but it can sometimes lead you to the edge of a cliff. Think for yourself and be a contrarian.
Is the Next Bull Market “Just Around the Corner?”
What should long-term investors do about sluggish markets? It depends on time frame.
Stock Warrants Give Right to Buy Stock at a Fixed Price - Stock Warrants Expire on Fixed Date
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.
Utility Stocks may be good Anchor in Troubled Economy
Utility stocks are good candidates for investors who want current income and a place to ride out a shaky economy.
It's Different in Stock Market This Time - Stock Market Has Experienced Most Problems before
If you think things are different this time, you are kidding yourself. The basic forces that drive the stock market remain the same.
Investing in Foreign Stocks becoming Easier - Chinese Companies Listed on U.S. Exchanges
Foreign stocks, including Chinese companies, are becoming increasingly available through listings on U.S. exchanges.
Averaging Down - Is Averaging Down a Good Idea?
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.
What Apple, Google, Microsoft have in Common - the Next Big Thing from Google, Microsoft, Apple
Apple, Google, and Microsoft share a distinction of having the
When to Buy Over-Priced Stock - Why it is Better to Buy a Growing Stock
Don't fall for the trap that it is never good to buy an
Earnings Estimates - Why Earnings Estimates are Important to Stock Prices
You can't know the future, but stock prices are based in large part on the anticipation of future earnings. This is where earnings estimates come in handy.
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.
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.
Understanding REITs - Consider Real Estate Investment Trusts for Your Portfolio
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.
Small Cap Stocks can Pop - Are Small Cap Stocks for You?
Small cap stocks offer the potential for rapid growth, but come with a high degree of risk.
Don't Let Stock Screen Cloud Your Judgement - Stock Screens are Just Tools
Stock screens are handy tools, but they can be misused and misrepresented if you're not careful.
Don't Let Love of a Stock Cloud Judgement
If a stock has done well for you in the past, you may feel an emotional attachment to it, which can be a dangerous thing.
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.
Selling Short Stocks- Understanding Risks of Selling Short Stocks
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.
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.
Weak Dollar - What Does a Weak Dollar Mean to Investors
The U.S. dollar is near all-time record lows against major foreign currencies - what does this mean for investors and consumers?
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.
Why U.S. Debt Rating Is So Important to Stocks, Bonds, Economy
What would happen if the U.S. Treasury debt lost its spot as the safest investment in the market? The consequences would be devastating.
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.
Municipal Bond Market Survives Court Challenge - Court Decision Retains Tax Advantage
The municipal bond market survived a critical test in an important ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court.
Bonds Respond to Changes in Interest Rates - If You Buy or Sell Bond in Open Market Interest Rates Matter
Bonds respond to changes in interest rates, however this only comes into play if you buy or sell previously issued bonds.
High Returns for Junk Bonds Attracts Attention - Risky Bonds Offer High Returns
Junk bonds (and other poorly-rated bonds) attract attention because of their high returns. Risk and the potential of a high reward can be appealing.
The 30-Year Treasury Bond Returns - Treasury Brings Back the Long Bond
The U.S. Treasury will begin issuing the 30-year bond again in the first quarter of 2006 much to the delight of investors.
Bond Ladders - Building a Bond Ladder for Success
A bond ladder solves the problem of interest rate risk for bond investors.
I Bonds - How I Bonds Offer Safety and Inflation Protection
I Bonds offer protection from inflation and the safety of the U.S. Treasury in addition to tax exemption from state and local taxes.
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.
When Are U.S. Treasury Bonds Risky? - Only When You Trade Them
Don't confuse the different levels of risk for owning U.S. Treasury Bonds and trading them.
The Flight to Safety – Not So Safe - Moving Into and Out of Bonds Can Be Risky
What looks like a safe move may not be as safe as you thought.
When Interest Rates Are Low, Consider Protection of Bonds for Stock Investors
When interest rates are low, they have only one way to go. Protect your bond investments with these two types of bonds.
Ratio of Stocks to Bonds Important - Determining Correct Mix of Stocks and Bonds
Finding the right mix of stocks and bonds is important to the stability of your portfolio.
Trading Bonds Not the Same As Investing in Bonds
Trading bonds can be as risky as trading stocks.
How Safe Are Municipal Bonds?
Investors in the stock market often use bonds to balance the volatility of stocks. However, investors should not assume all bonds are safe.
Bonds Versus Certificates of Deposit
Bonds and bank CDs may share many characteristics, however one is not a substitute for the other.
Stocks to Bonds Ratio - Finding the Right Ratio of Stocks to Bonds in Your Portfolio
Bonds balance the volatility of your stock portfolio, but what is the proper ratio of stocks to bonds?
Investing Software - What Software Can Help You with Investing
The Internet and computers have made a huge difference in how investors research stocks. There a variety of software products available to help you manage, research, and analyze stocks.
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.
Stock Investing Not as Easy as It Seems - No Perfect System for Investing
Investing in stocks is not as easy as it should be. Knowing when to get in and when to get out is more about risk tolerance than timing.
Cash Flow to Debt Ratio Explained - What Is a Good Number?
Cash flow to debt ratio is helpful in determining the financial strength (or weakness) of a company.
Should the Government Cap Executive Compensation? - What Is Role of Government?
Should the government be involved in limiting compensation of top corporate executives?
Dogs of the Dow Fail Stock Market Selection Test - Bad Dog
The Dogs of the Dow is a stock-picking strategy that has a great track record despite failing for the past three years.
What Companies Will Be Winners in Health Care Reform - New Playing Field Presents Challenges
Health care reform is moving ahead and some companies will seize the opportunities and prosper, while others will fail to evolve.
A Fool and His Money Are Soon Parted - Foolish Investment Decisions Await You
Some foolish decisions are when you buy and other foolish decisions are when you don't buy. It's hard to know which is correct for any opportunity.
Look for Companies That Produce More Winning Ideas Than Losing Ones
Companies that can consistently produce more winning ideas than losing ideas is worth owning.
When Considering Stocks, Remember We'll Always Need Toilet Paper - Importance of Defensive Stocks
Defensive stocks provide a measure of stability in a volatile economy.
Be Wary of Investments You Don't Understand - Not Every Stock Market Professional Is Honest
Be careful when investing is exotic securities - don't invest in anything you don't understand.
Stock Investors Look Short and Long - Interest Rates and Employment Numbers Important
Key an eye on interest rates and employment numbers
Watch Out for Companies that Ignore Global Reality - Company Executives Can Make Bad Choices
When a personal scandal rocks the executive suite, it seldom has long-term consequences on stock prices, however a bad choice in company focus can be fatal.
Are Stocks Cheap or Expensive - What Does This Mean?
What does is mean when pundits say stocks are cheap (or expensive)?
Earnings Per Share an Important Ratio -- Several Varieties of EPS Should Be Considered
Earnings per share (EPS) is an important ratio in evaluating a stock and it comes in several variations that may be helpful.
Should You Own Foreign Stocks? - You Should Invest in Foreign Economies
Globalization means you have the opportunity to invest in booming foreign economies through U.S. stocks.
Stock's Yield Helps You Compare Buying Opportunities - Calculating Stocks's Yield
A stock's yield is helpful in comparing two or more stocks as buy opportunities.
Stocks with Dividends a Good Choice - Is This the Best Use of Company's Cash
Companies that have extra cash can invest it in other companies or return some to stockholders.
Bad Market, Bad Economy Means Back to Basics - Stock Investors Must Forget Quick Money and Look for Quality
Many companies can make money in a good economy, but not all of them have a business model that will survive a downturn. Stock investors must look for companies that can survive a downturn.
Where to Find Opportunities in Down Market - A Little Research Goes a Long Way
Identifying investing opportunities in a down market requires some research to help focus your selection process.
Stock Market Has Too Many Sellers and Too Few Buyers - Stock Buyers Will Return When Risk Lessens
Economic crises tend to bring supply and demand back into balance by writing down inflated values of assets.
Not all Stocks in Safe Sectors are Good Investments - Investors should Screen Stocks for Past Performance
Investors often turn to safe stock sectors such as utilities during difficult economic times, but not every company in safe sectors are good investments.
Earnings Season Reveals Strong and Weak Companies - Use Peers to Judge Results
Earnings reports during an economic crisis may be lower than in the past, but look for the reasons. There may be more than just a bad economy at play.
Stocks - The complete guide to understanding and buying and selling stocks
A complete guide to understanding stocks and the stock market for every investor from the beginner to the more advanced trader. You will find answers to basic stock market questions, as well as up-to-date news and information from About Guide to stocks Ken Little.
Evaluating Stocks - Finding the Right Stock Investment
How to you choose a stock for investment? Evaluating the company's financial ratios is where the process begins, but there are other factors to consider also.
Investing Basics - Basic Information about Investing in Stocks and the Stock Market
Investors will find basic information on stocks and how the stock markets work to help them become successful investors in this section.
Trading - Trading Stocks and Bonds is where you put your Research to Work
The buying and selling of stocks and bonds, better known as trading, is where you put all of your research and information to work. Buying and selling at the correct price ensure a profit.
Growth and Value Stocks Defined - How Growth and Value Stocks Differ
Growth and value are two ways to define stocks. Each has specific characteristics that can guide you in stock selection.
Warren Buffett - What can Warren Buffett Teach Investors?
The second edition of
Warren Buffett - What can Warren Buffett Teach Investors?
The second edition of
Value Investing - Understanding Value Investing
Value investing is about finding stocks overlooked by the market, but that are fundamentally sound with good growth prospects.
Diversify Your Stocks to Avoid Losses - Noncorrelation is Your Goal
Diversify your stocks by industry to avoid across-the-board losses on bad economic news. Your investments should not be correlated to achieve diversity.
Paying Off Debt Your Best Investment -- High-Interest Debt Drags your Personal Finances Down
It doesn't make sense to invest all of your extra cash, when high-interest debt payments are costing more than most investments earn.
After-Hours Stock Trading Risky - Trading Stocks after Hours for Professionals
After-hours trading of stocks may seem like a great idea, but it is full of risks for the average investor.
Dogs of the Dow - Did Dogs of the Dow Work in 2007?
Dogs of the Dow is a mechanical method of picking 10 stocks out of the Dow and holding them for one year then rebalancing your portfolio. It consistently beats the Dow and other major indexes.
Employee Stock Purchase Plans - Be Careful with Employee Stock Purchase Plans
Employee Stock Purchase Plans can be a great benefit, but be careful that you don't fall into the Enron trap.
Understanding Risk and How Risk and Reward work together
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
H1N1 (Swine) Flu May Distupt Economy - Swine Flu Threat May Escalate in Fall
H1N1 (swine) flu has the potential to disrupt the economy.
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?
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.
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.
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.
Good News for Some not Always Good News for Stocks
Good news for consumers and workers may not be good news for the economy or businesses.
Stock Investors Await New Financial Regulations - New Rules Will Change Industry
President Obama's proposed new financial regulations will change the financial services landscape. However, there is a potential pitfall for stock investors.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
What Makes a Good Stockbroker - Finding Traits that Make a Good Stockbroker
What makes a good stockbroker? Readers provide insight.
Choosing a Broker - Which type of stockbroker is right for you?
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.
Top Online Stock Trading Sites - Where to Go to Find an Online Stock Trading Sites
Thirteen of the top online stock trading sites offer investors a wide variety of services including research and advice.
Opening a Brokerage Account - There are several different types of Brokerage Accounts
What types a accounts are available? How do you open an account?
Brokerage Accounts Explained - How the Different types of Brokerage Accounts Differ
What types a accounts are available? How do you open an account?
Finding the Stock Broker that's Right for You - Brokers Offer Different Levels of Service
How much help do you want or need with your investment decisions? Pick a broker who can fill in the gaps in your knowledge and experience.
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.
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.
Inflation and Stocks - How Inflation Affects your Stock Investments
Inflation has reared its ugly head - what does this mean for your stock investments?
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.
Market News Sources - Where to find market news on the Internet
Three top sources of market news on the Internet.
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.
Fed Raises Target - the FOMC raises rates
The Fed raises the target for the Fed funds rate again to 1.75%.
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.
Retail Sales - Why retail sales are important to our economy
Retail sales are an important part of our economy and are watched by the market as an important economic indicator.
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.
A Bad Economy and Stock Market May Create Opportunities - Solving Problems Is Great Business Model
Recession and a bear market may create opportunities for companies that can solve problems for consumers or other businesses.
Investment Objectives Define Financial Products, Strategies
Four main investment objectives define how you choose financial products for your portfolio.
The Longevity Risk Threatens Your Retirement - Don't be too Conservative with Stocks
Following a too conservative investment strategy in retirement may not protect you from outliving your money.
Long-Term Investing not Marriage - Global Economy Means Investments may not have Long Holding Periods
The global economy is changing the way long-term investors look at their holdings. The
How to Invest your Refund Depends on Goals and Time Frame
How you invest a tax refund or any other lump sum depends on your tolerance for risk, but more importantly on when you will need the money.
When Looking for Foreign Stocks, Consider U.S. Companies with Overseas Sales
When looking for foreign stocks, you may not have to go very far. Many giant domestic companies derive a significant percentage of their sales from overseas markets.
What is your Stock doing for you Tomorrow - Keep Eye on Future Stock Earnings
Investors must be concerned with what a stock will do in the future, since that's all that matters in terms of growth.
Let Dreams Motivate your Stock Investing - Investing Goals that Excite really Motivate
Let your dreams of how you will use the fruits of your investments motivate your stock investing habits.
Are Computers Better Stock Pickers than Humans? - Quant Models take Emotions Out of Stock Investing
Computer models that crunch numbers to pick stocks work well, but they are not perfect.
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.
Maintain Ratio of Stocks to Bonds for Safety - Bonds May Perform Better When Stocks Slump
While it is tempting to chase stocks when the market is rising, the prudent investor understands stocks can fall faster than the rise. Maintaining the proper balance between stocks and bonds can help you weather a falling market.
Evaluating Stocks in Down Market Challenging - Look at Stocks of Companies with Cash and Little Debt
When the economy and market turn upward, it may be difficult to spot companies in the best position to excel. Look for a strong cash position and little debt as keys to possible 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.
Investing in Foreign Stocks - 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.
How Many Stocks Should You Own
How many stocks should you own to have a diversified portfolio? There are no absolute rules, but here are some guidelines.
Investors Challenged by Rising Interest Rates - Where Do You Turn?
Where do investors turn in a market of rising interest rates?
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.
Choose Fundamentals over Management when Making Stock Investment Decisions
Management is important, but when considering a stock for investing look at the company's fundamentals first.
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.
Take Emotions Out of Investing in Stocks - Have a Sell Plan before you Buy a Stock
Emotions can cloud your judgement so have your exit strategy in place before you buy a stock.
What do Value Investors Look for in Stocks?
Value investors look for companies trading below their intrinsic value.
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.
List of Stock Screening Sites - Stock Screeners Listed
Stock screens are helpful in selecting investment candidates. Here is a list of stock screens.
Stock Screening Basics - How to use stock screening to find the right stocks for you
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.
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.
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.
Supply and Demand Set Stock Prices - Understanding Supply and Demand Key to Stock Prices
The interaction between supply and demand is how stock prices are set in the market.
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.
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.
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.
Bull or Bear Markets Strategies - Why Intelligent Investors have an Edge in Bull or Bear Markets
The difference between the intelligent investor and the person who invests on a whim is what happens when the markets shake their stock.
Time to Buy Stocks and Time to Sell Stocks - Price not the Best Indicator
If you go by price alone, you may end up paying too much for stocks and selling them for too little.
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.
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.
Are You an Investor or a Trader? - Know the Difference Between Investors and Traders
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.
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.
Bid Ask Pricing - What is Bid Ask Spread
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.
Stock Orders - Understanding Stock Order Entry
Stock orders, such as market orders, limit orders, stop loss orders, and trailing stops, are important for every investor to know.
Book Value - Understanding Book Value
Book value of a company is the assets minus liabilities.
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.
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.
Stock Quotes - Making Sense of Stock Quotes
Stock quotes, whether in the newspaper or online, offer a wealth of information if you understand the numbers.
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.
How to Deal with a Stock Loss - Understanding Different Types of Investing Losses
There are several different types of losses you can suffer when investing in stocks - some less obvious than others.