How To Pick Stocks

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Picking Stocks – The BasicsThe most challenging aspect of starting to invest is picking the first few stocks to add to a portfolio. Every investor has their own techniques and strategies, but we want to give you the tools you need to place your first trades, and get your portfolio off to a running start.Establish […]

Getting Trading Ideas

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The most challenging aspect of starting to invest is picking the first few stocks to add to a portfolio. Every investor has their own techniques and strategies, but we want to give you the tools you need to place your first trades, and get your portfolio off to a running start.Establish GoalsBefore choosing your first […]

What are Futures

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DefinitionFutures Contracts are a standardized, transferable legal agreement to make or take delivery of a specified amount of a certain commodity, currency, or an asset at the end of specified time frame. The price is determined when the agreement is made.Here are some useful terms for futures:Contract Size: This specifies the number of units of […]

What are Options

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An option gives the owner the right, but not the obligation, to buy or sell the underlying instrument(we assume stocks here) at a specified price(strike price) on or before a specified date(exercise date) in the future. (this is different for European options as they can only be exercised at the end date). Exercising the option […]

What are Spot Contracts

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DefinitionSpot and Futures contracts are a standardized, transferable legal agreement to make or take delivery of a specified amount of a certain commodity, currency, or an asset at the current date. The price is determined when the agreement is made.The only difference between spots and futures is the delivery date. The current date is used […]

What is a Stock?

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Large companies that have lots of investors often issue “stocks” or “shares” to the investors as a way of showing ownership. If you bought 100 shares of a company you might get a stock certificate like the one below indicating your ownership. If you decided you no longer wanted to own those shares you could […]

How Do I Diversify A Portfolio

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How Do I Build a Diversified Portfolio?Understanding what it means to build a diversified portfolio is one of the first concepts a new investor needs to understand. When talking about stocks, diversification means to make sure you don’t “put all of your eggs in one basket.”What Does It Mean To Diversify?Simply put, to “diversify” means […]

What are Bonds

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Bonds are essentially a much more formal I.O.U (I owe you) used to borrow money. You buy the bond in return to interest over a given period of time. When a corporation or government needs money they issue bonds that people buy. In turn, the issuer (the person who sells the bond) takes the money. However, no one would buy something if they didn’t get something in return, so the issuer will offer to not only pay the person back at a specified date but also provide some interest along the way.

What is a Ticker Symbol

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Definition:A “Ticker Symbol” is a unique one to five letter code used by the stock exchanges to identify a company. It is called a ticker symbol because the stock quotes used to be printed on a ticker tape machine that looked like the images below. WARNING: The ticker symbol is NOT just an abbreviation of the company’s […]

What is a Mutual Fund

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Mutual Funds are a way you can buy into a wide range of stocks, bonds, money markets, or other securities all at once. They are professionally managed, so you are basically buying a piece of a larger portfolio.DefinitionMutual Funds come in several different “flavors”, but the core concept is always the same: the fund is […]

What is an ETF

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ETFs are a fairly new way that you can buy a large group of stocks, assets, or other securities all at once. ETFs trade just like stock; you can buy and sell shares of an ETF throughout the day on an exchange.DefinitionETF funds are not usually actively managed, instead they work like an index; the […]

Why Invest In Stocks

Simply put, when you have money to invest for an extended period of time (like 20 years or more), the stock market historically has provided the greatest return.When most people are able to save money, they usually put it in the bank. Banks usually pay interest on the cash in your account, so if you […]

Getting and Understanding Stock Quotes

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DefinitionA stock quote represents the last price at which a seller and a buyer of a stock agreed on a price to make the trade. Because stock prices are determined by a continuous auction process between buyers and sellers, stock prices change frequently as the buyers and sellers change. Prices also change as new information […]

Most Popular Mutual Funds

Following is a list of the most popular (largest) mutual funds. Rank Symbol Fund Name 1 PIMCO:Tot Rtn;Inst 2 Fidelity Cash Reserves 3 Vanguard Prime MM;Inv 4 Vanguard T StMk Idx;Inv 5 Vanguard Instl Indx;Inst 6 JPMorgan:Prime MM;Cap 7 Fidelity Contrafund 8 Vanguard 500 Index;Adm 9 Vanguard T StMk Idx;Adm 10 American Funds CIB;A 11 […]