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How to Invest in Stocks

How to Invest in Stocks

A Beginner's Guide to Stock Investing

Stocks are an equity investment that represents part ownership in a corporation and entitles you to part of that corporation's earnings and assets.

Common stock gives shareholders voting rights but no guarantee of dividend payments. Preferred stocks provides no voting rights but usually guarantees a dividend payment.

In the past, shareholders received a paper stock certificate -- called a security -- verifying the number of shares they owned. Today, share ownership is usually recorded electronically, and the shares are held in street name by your brokerage firm.

Investing in stocks can be tricky business. In fact, it's best to treat all of your investment pursuits as a business. Heck, that's what Benjamin Graham (Warren Buffett's stock market mentor) recommended.

Before you buy your first stock, you should master the basics of stock investing. This won't make you a great investor overnight, but only when you understand the fundamentals of investing can you learn how to invest in stocks with confidence.



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What Are Stocks?

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Stock Analysis for Beginners

How to Analyze Stocks

How to Value Stocks

Investing in Foreign Stocks

Investing in Dividend Stocks

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Stock Investing Strategies

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Thanksgiving week has a distinct bullish bias for the stock market.
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For investors looking to buy one of these positions, it makes sense to wait for more favorable technical conditions (and a lower share price) before piling in.
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Skilled technical traders can bank gains as much as 90% of the time.
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Shorting in U.S. stocks is the highest it's been since September 2008. Investors hate stocks right now.
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Primarily large-cap overseas issues that are dual-listed in the U.S. that are carving out bottoms right now.
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From a momentum standpoint, stocks are well-positioned to keep up their upside action as we head into the final stretch of 2014.
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From a technical analysis standpoint, sellers are shoving around these toxic stocks right now.
11/17/14 9:49AM
Skilled technical traders can bank gains as much as 90% of the time.
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Even if you don't consider yourself an "income investor," ignore dividends at your own peril.
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Technicals can help top traders make consistently profitable trades and can aid fundamental investors better plan their stock execution.
11/11/14 10:51AM
"Rocket Stocks" are our list of companies with short-term gain catalysts and longer-term growth potential.
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Guess what? Stock selection matters more than ever in 2014.
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