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The Essentials of Investing in Stocks and Bonds

If you’re considering investing in stocks or bonds, you need a basic understanding of how the financial markets work. You also need to consider your investment goals, strategies, and the risks and returns that are acceptable to your personal finances.

Investing in Stocks with Basic Knowledge of Economics

Stocks represent ownership in companies, and stock markets are the places where stocks are bought and sold. Those places may be made of bricks and mortar, like the New York Stock Exchange, or they may [more…]

How to Read a Stock Table

You can use stock tables to select promising investment opportunities and to monitor your stocks’ performance. The stock tables in major business publications, such as [more…]

How to Sharpen Your Stock Investment Skills

Investors who analyze a company can better judge the value of the stock and profit from buying and selling it. Your greatest asset in stock investing is knowledge [more…]

Stock Investing for Your Personal Style

Your investing style isn’t a blue-jeans-versus-three-piece-suit debate. It refers to your approach to stock investing. Do you want to be conservative or aggressive? Would you rather be the tortoise or [more…]

Investing to Bring In Monthly Income

Investing for income means investing in stocks that will provide you with regular money payments (dividends). Income stocks may not offer stellar growth, but they’re good for a steady infusion of money [more…]

Income Stocks to Consider: Utilities and Real Estate Investment Trusts

Income stocks tend to be in established industries with established cash flows and less emphasis on financing or creating new products and services. When you’re ready to start your search for a great income [more…]

How to Define a Bond as a Financial Tool

When a government or business — think the United States government, or the city of Philadelphia, or Procter and Gamble — needs to raise money, they may decide to issue a bond. A bond is really not much [more…]

Which Bonds Are Riskier as Investments?

Every year, millions of bonds are issued by thousands of different governments, government agencies, corporations, and municipalities. The following list looks at the degree of risk for each major kind [more…]

“Risk-Free” Investing: U.S. Treasury Bonds

The U.S. Treasury issues lot of different kinds of debt securities. Savings bonds, which can be purchased for small amounts and come in certificate form [more…]

What Are Agency Bonds All About?

As an investment, agency bonds fit under two large umbrellas. Some of them are United States federal agencies; they are an actual part of the government just like Congress. Such official agencies include [more…]

Rating Municipal Bonds: Safe Investments

Municipal bonds are very safe animals — at least those rated by the major rating agencies (such as Moody’s), which are the vast majority of munis. If the mild nature of the beast weren’t enough to put [more…]

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