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Quick and Helpful Online Investing Tips You May Not Know About

Part of the Investing Online For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Online investing makes it easy for the regular Joe (or Jill) to take control of their finances and investments — as long as the wealth of financial information out there (both good and bad) doesn't prove too overwhelming. Here's a list of quick online investing tips that are definitely golden needles hidden in the World Wide Web haystack:

  • Quickest way to get stock information. If you're in a hurry and want basic information about a stock, fast, hit the search engines. Enter a stock's ticker symbol into the search blank in all the popular search engines, including Google, Bing.com and Yahoo. You'll immediately get the basic information about the stock, including a chart of the stock price, price quote, and market value. If the company's ticker symbol is a word, such as Caterpillar and its symbol CAT, you may need to enter "quote:" and then the symbol. Using Caterpillar as an example, you would enter "quote: CAT" into the search engine's search box.

  • Going off the beaten path for stock information. WolframAlpha probably isn't the most famous search engine, but it's pretty useful for investors looking for quick answers. Just enter a stock symbol in the search box and WolframAlpha gives you a page chock full of summary data about the company. You'll also find a handy chart that compares the stock's risk and expected reward against other leading companies in the industry.

  • Instant access to Yahoo Finance and Google Finance. You can access these popular investing sites by visiting their front pages and clicking the appropriate links. But here's a better and more direct way: Just type "finance.yahoo.com" for Yahoo Finance and "finance.google.com" for Google Finance.

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