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Stocks, Bonds, Mutual Funds, & Exchange Traded Funds

What Is an Exchange Traded Fund?

If you are new to online investing, you may not be familiar with Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs). ETFs are baskets of stocks, much like mutual funds, that trade like stocks. You can buy and sell them using [more…]

Section 529 Plans

Higher Education Expenses That Qualify for 529 College Savings Plans

Parents (and other relatives) who fund Section 529 plans need to be very conscious of what constitutes a qualified higher education expense and what doesn't. The following table lists qualifying higher [more…]

Understanding Investing

How to Calculate Return on Your Investments

When you make investments, you have the potential to make money (called a return). Money in a bank account pays interest, which is your return. You earn that small amount of interest for allowing the bank [more…]

Setting Up an Account & Executing Trades

How to Trade in Penny Stocks

Penny stocks, due to their tiny share prices, allow online investors to buy large numbers of shares. Owning large chunks of stock is appealing, but penny stocks can also be easily manipulated. Unlike giant [more…]

How To Invest

Buying Stock on Margin

Margin means buying securities, such as stocks, by using funds you borrow from your broker. Buying stock on margin is similar to buying a house with a mortgage. If you buy a house at a purchase price of [more…]