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Free or Low-Cost Investing Resources Available through Stock Exchanges

Before you invest in stocks, you need to be completely familiar with the basics of stock investing. At its most fundamental, stock investing is about using your money to buy a piece of a company that will give you value in the form of appreciation or income. Fortunately, many resources are available to help you find out about stock investing. A great place to start is the stock exchanges themselves.

The main exchanges for most stock investors are the New York Stock Exchange and the American Stock Exchange. Nasdaq is technically not an exchange but it is a formal market that effectively acts as an exchange. These three encourage and inform people about stock investing.

Because these exchanges/markets benefit from increased popularity of stock investing and continued demand for stocks, they offer a wealth of free (or low-cost) information and resources for stock investors. Go to their Web sites and you find useful resources, such as the following:

  • Tutorials on how to invest in stocks, common investment strategies, and so on.

  • Glossaries and free information to help you understand the language, practice, and purpose of stock investing.

  • A wealth of news, press releases, financial data, and other information about companies listed at the exchange or market, accessed usually through an onsite search engine.

  • Industry analysis and news.

  • Stock quotes and other market information related to the daily market movements of stocks including data such as volume, new highs, new lows, and so on.

  • Free tracking of your stock selections. (You can input a sample portfolio, or the stocks you are following, to see how well you are doing.)

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