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Find Different Industries’ Best Companies Using Google Finance

If you’re an online investor trying to figure out which companies in an industry are performing the best or worst, you can use Google Finance’s screening tool: [more…]

Find Value or Growth Companies Using Morningstar’s Stock Screener

As an online investor, you could go to the trouble of designing a convoluted set of criteria to find value and growth stocks. Morningstar’s Stock Screener has done the work for you. Morningstar’s Stock [more…]

How to Unearth Details about Companies from Regulatory Filings

For online investors, financial websites are missing a great deal of textual information contained in companies’ annual reports. Read the company’s regulatory filings to get the full picture. You can glean [more…]

Drawbacks of Exchange-Traded Funds

Exchange-traded funds (ETFs) are great for many investors who are looking for ways to keep their costs down and simplify their lives. After all, you can buy all your stock and ETF investments from the [more…]

Categories of Mutual Funds for Online Investors

Because you find more mutual funds than stocks, it’s probably not too surprising that you also find many types of mutual funds. Mutual funds at their most basic level come in four basic flavors: those [more…]

How to Analyze a Mutual Fund’s Risk

Online mutual fund investors can get additional information about risk from Morningstar. Enter the mutual fund’s ticker symbol at Morningstar.comin the Quote blank in the upper center of the page and click [more…]

Top Ten Mistakes Made by Online Investors

With its jargon, formulas, charts, and Wall Street slang, investing online can seem scary and intimidating. For some investors, the thought of managing their money by themselves is overwhelming. The fear [more…]

What to Look for in an Analyst Report

Much of the worthwhile information in an analyst report isn’t in the rating but in the insights about the company, management, and industry. Many investors who read Wall Street analyst reports tend to [more…]

What Is the Whisper Number in Investing?

The whisper number, in theory, is the unofficial earnings number most investors honestly expect the company to report. Whisper numbers gain even more prominence during strong bull markets when investors’ [more…]

How to Share Stock Ratings with Other Investors Online

Several online sites are trying to harness the wisdom of crowds and provide information you can use to boost your investment returns. Some good sources for this collective intelligence are listed here: [more…]

Evaluate Stock- and Mutual Fund–Picking Newsletters and Websites

You can find dozens of stock- and mutual fund–picking newsletters, websites, books, and seminars. They all make great pitches for why you need to pay to subscribe to their wonderful services. [more…]

How to Start Investing: List Assets According to Liquidity

In investing, liquidity refers to how quickly you can convert a particular asset into cash. If you know the liquidity of your assets, including investments, you have some options when you need cash. [more…]

How to Start Investing: List Your Liabilities

In financial and investing circles, liabilities are simply the bills that you’re obligated to pay, whether it’s a credit card bill or a mortgage payment. If you don’t keep track of your liabilities, you [more…]

How to Start Investing: Calculate and Analyze Your Net Worth

Your net worth is an indication of your total wealth. You can calculate your net worth with this basic equation: total assets, including investments, less total liabilities equal net worth [more…]

How to Fund Your Stock Investment Program

If you’re going to invest money in stocks, the first thing you need is . . . money! Where can you get that money? The challenge comes down to how to fund your stock program. [more…]

How to Define Your Financial Goals for Investment

Consider stocks as tools for living, just like any other investment — no more, no less. Stocks are among the many tools you use to accomplish something — to achieve a goal. Yes, successfully investing [more…]

Pros and Cons of Using Discount Stock Brokers

Perhaps you know what stocks you want, and you can make your own investment decisions. All you need is a convenient way to transact your buy/sell orders. In that case, go with a discount broker. They don’t [more…]

How to Buy Mutual Funds without a Broker

If you are an online investor, you might not want to fuss with getting a broker. Or, perhaps you hate limiting yourself to the transaction-free mutual funds in order to avoid a broker’s high commissions [more…]

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…]

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…]

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