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Where to Find Out More about International Investing Online

But wait a second. Before you sign up for the international stock thing, you need to know the downside of being fully diversified. Just as foreign stocks can beat U.S. stocks, sometimes, the opposite also [more…]

How to Trade Foreign Stocks

Are you ready to add a little international flair to your portfolio? Now’s the time to get the trades done online. There are four main ways to buy foreign stocks: [more…]

What Is Technical Analysis?

You can usually spot technical analysts by just looking at their computer screens. Rather than having earnings reports and industry profiles on the display, a technical analyst’s screen is filled with [more…]

The Information You Get from Online Stock Quotes

When you enter a stock symbol in just about any online quote service, you get more than just a stock price or quote. The following table shows you the information you’ll typically get from these quote [more…]

How Technical Analysts Interpret Price Trends

Technical analysts pay close attention to stocks that are rapidly rising or falling because they think trends like these can continue. Moving averages are the tools commonly used to find stocks on the [more…]

How Technical Analysts Interpret Volume

Volume is the number of shares trading hands in a day. Technical analysts pay close attention to volume as an indication of how much conviction there is behind stock price movements. It makes sense, right [more…]

How Technical Analysts Interpret Patterns

Technical analysts look for all sorts of patterns in stock charts. One pattern you might hear about is a channel, a low and high price a stock tends to stick between. [more…]

Let Websites Read Stock Charts for You

There’s no shortage of websites that promise to help you read the message of the markets buried inside stock charts. If you’d rather have the computer help you find stock price patterns, consider using [more…]

How to Invest in Initial Public Offerings

Individual investors are very interested in initial public offerings, or IPOs. In an IPO, companies sell pieces of themselves to public investors. Shares are first snapped up by large institutions and [more…]

The Risks of Initial Public Offerings

The idea of initial public offerings (IPOs) is alluring and irresistible to many investors. Companies that go public are often in industries of great interest to investors at the time. IPO companies also [more…]

How to Pick the Good IPOs from the Not-So-Good

The websites listed in the preceding section provide data and commentary about initial public offerings (IPOs) to help you find the ones with the best prospects. Even so, IPO investing is tricky. Pros [more…]

The Unique Risks of Investing Internationally

Foreign investing comes with some unique risks. None of the risks are deal killers, but they're still important for you to be aware of, including the following: [more…]

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 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…]

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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