Stock market explained. Learn and understand the basics of Wall Street and the stock market for beginners. What is the Stock Market? The Stock market refers to a group of exchanges that allow stocks and other securities to be bought and sold. The stock market and Wall Street are two terms used in the United … Continue reading What is the Stock Market? How does it work?
Owning stocks allows you to be an investor in a public company. Stocks are simply a share of the company’s ownership. It doesn’t matter if you call it stocks, shares, or equity, it all refers to the same thing. A stock is a claim on the earnings and assets of a company. You are … Continue reading What are Stocks?
Stocks, by their very nature, fluctuate in price over time. That’s the basis of how most investors make profit. Some investors take long-term positions, making very few trades — instead, relying on their confidence that their chosen equities represent solid earnings potential over time. Long-term positions tend to be reserved for the more stable blue-chip … Continue reading Day Trading versus Intra-Day Trading
Many active traders create what they call a “watch list,” which is simply a list that records the daily share prices of a group of stocks over time. It can be done very simply with a spreadsheet, or even a notepad and paper, although there are numerous software programs and utilities that assist in creating … Continue reading Creating a Stock Watch List
When investing in stocks, research and due diligence is an absolute must. Even if you are engaged in “technical analysis,” and make investment decisions primarily based on the directions and trends of the stock charts, you still must know something of the company behind the stock. There are, of course, a great many subscription-based newsletters, … Continue reading How to do Free Research on Stocks
There are a great many ways to analyze stocks, pick the best ones for investment, and decide when to hold and when to sell. One such method is called “technical analysis.” In reality, the name is somewhat misleading, as it does not necessarily rely on technology to produce an analysis; instead, it relies on mathematical … Continue reading What is Technical Analysis?
Often, stocks are bought and sold based on hunches, dreams, chatroom chatter and just plain old “gut feelings.” Others rely heavily on technical analysis, or the ability to spot trends by examining historic prices based on the theory that share prices follow certain cycles over time. And the “rumor mill” theory of stock market investing … Continue reading Fundamental Stock Market Investing
Derivatives are the esoteric equivalent of the mystery religions of the financial world. Though many invest in them and talk about them few actually understand them and those that do are often hard to understand. Derivatives can be confusing but they are not near as complicated as one might think. For starters, let’s look at the a … Continue reading Derivatives: An Introduction to Options
Investing internationally often offers the potential for tremendous returns as compared to US investments while at the same time exposing the unprepared investor to potentially large losses. Of course, as with anything the devil is in the details. So whether there is profit potential or loss potential depends on the country involved as well as the actual … Continue reading Investing Internationally
Micro caps stocks, or stocks for companies with market capitalization of under $300 million, often represent excellent investment opportunities with above-average returns. Investing with Mutual Funds Often, these stocks are underrepresented in institutional portfolios. There are a handful of micro cap funds however, which invest exclusively in these types of stocks, and these funds often … Continue reading Investing in Micro Cap Stocks