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How to Invest - Resources

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How to Use the SEC as an Investing Resource

Long before you invest your first dollar, get to know the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The SEC exists primarily to protect investors from fraud and other unlawful activity designed to fleece [more…]

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 [more…]

Why Annual Reports Are Important to You

An annual report can give you a lot of important information about a company. When you’re a regular stockholder, the company sends you its annual report. If you’re not already a stockholder, contact the [more…]

Economic Reports Provide Financial Insights

Economic reports — which include the Consumer Price Index, the Producer Price Index, employment updates, and releases on consumer confidence — are useful resources for making informed investing or trading [more…]

How the Employment Report Affects Financial Markets

The U.S. Department of Labor’s employment report is the first piece of major economic data released each month. The report is released on the first Friday of every month. Bond, stock index, and currency [more…]

What's in the Producer Price Index Report?

The Producer Price Index, or PPI, is an important report, but it doesn’t usually move the markets to the same degree as the Consumer Price Index (CPI) and the employment report. [more…]

Consumer Price Index Report Details Inflation

The Consumer Price Index, or CPI, is the main inflation report for the futures and financial markets. Unexpected rises in this indicator usually lead to falling bond prices, rising interest rates, and [more…]

ISM Report on Business Shows Manufacturing Economic Status

The Institute for Supply Management’s (ISM) Report on Businessusually moves the markets — or, in other words, is a market mover. The ISM measures the health of the manufacturing sector in the U.S. This [more…]

What Consumer Confidence Reports Reveal

The report that measures consumer confidence is a big report that comes from two sources that publish separate updates, the Conference Board, a private research group, and the University of Michigan. [more…]

Beige Book Report Summarizes District Economic Activity

The Federal Reserve produces the Summary of Commentary on Current Economic Conditions, otherwise known as the Beige Book. The Fed collects anecdotal reports from Fed bank presidents, key businesses, economists [more…]

Housing Starts Reports Reflect Construction Trends

Released every month, housing starts statistics are compiled by the U.S. Commerce Department and reported in three parts: building permits, housing starts, and housing completions. [more…]

How Oil Supply Data Informs Traders

Oil supply data became a central report outside of the oil markets in 2004 and 2005 as the price of crude oil soared to record highs after the war in Iraq. [more…]

Selecting a Commodity Trading Advisor

If you are trading commodities through a managed account, you need to select a commodity trading advisor (CTA). A CTA is a securities professional who is licensed by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority [more…]

Investing in Commodities via the Futures Markets

The futures markets are the most direct way to get exposure to commodities. Futures contracts enable you to purchase an underlying commodity for an agreed-upon price in the future. [more…]

Questions to Ask before Investing in Any Commodity

Whether you decide to invest through futures contracts, managed funds, or commodity companies, you need to gather as much information as possible before you start trading. [more…]

How Global Oil Reserves and Production Relate to Investing

As a commodities investor, knowing which countries have large crude oil deposits is an important part of your investment strategy. As demand for crude oil increases, countries that have large deposits [more…]

Tracking Oil Imports and Exports as Investment Strategy

If you invest in oil, then you need to keep an eye on export and import figures. Identifying the top exporting countries is helpful because it allows you to zero in on the countries that are actually generating [more…]

How to Monitor Market Sentiment

Most indicators of market sentiment look outside the price dynamics of a particular security or index of securities for information about whether the trading crowd is humming along with expectations of [more…]

How to Select a Personal Financial Advisor

Savvy consumers interview a few different financial advisors to learn more about each one’s background, experience, specialties, and target clientele, as well as his or her listening skills and communication [more…]

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