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Company Fundamentals to Consider for Investment in Growth Stock

When you hear the word fundamentals in the world of stock investing, it refers to the company’s financial condition and related data. When investors (especially value investors) do [more…]

How to Use Others’ Choices for Your Stock Investment Decisions

You can invest in a great company and still see its stock go nowhere. Why? Because what makes the stock go up is demand — having more buyers than sellers of the stock. If you pick a stock for all the right [more…]

Introduction to Accounting for Stock Investors

Stocks represent ownership in companies. Before you invest in individual stocks, you want to understand the companies whose stock you’re considering and find out about their operations. Accounting is the [more…]

The Importance of Highs and Lows in Stock Tables

The stock tables in major business publications such as The Wall Street Journal are loaded with information to help you become a savvy investor — if you know how to interpret them. You need the information [more…]

How to Read a Stock Table: Symbol, Dividend, and Yield

Major business publications like Investor’s Business Daily and The Wall Street Journal publish stock tables to help current and potential investors see a snapshot of a company’s stock. Yet this snapshot [more…]

Parts of a Stock Table: Price to Earnings Ratio, Day Last, and Net Change

Published in major business publications like Investor’s Business Daily, a stock table contains important information you need to track as a current stock owner or explore before you purchase stock from [more…]

Why Volume is Important to Stock Investment Decisions

Normally, when you hear the word “volume” on the news, it refers to how much stock investors bought and sold for the entire market. Volume is certainly important to watch because the stocks that you’re [more…]

Why Yield Is Important When Looking for Income-Producing Stock Investments

Because income stocks pay out dividends — income — to their investors you need to assess which stocks can give you the highest income. The main thing to look for is [more…]

Introduction to Stock Payout Ratio for Investors

Investors can use the payout ratio to figure out what percentage of a company’s earnings is being paid out to stock owners in the form of dividends (earnings [more…]

Introduction to Company Bond Ratings for Investors

A company’s bond rating is very important to income stock investors. The bond rating offers insight into the company’s financial strength. Bonds get rated for quality for the same reasons that consumer [more…]

Typical Income-Producing Stocks for Investors

Although virtually every industry has stocks that pay dividends to investors, some industries have more dividend-paying stocks than others. Utilities and royalty trusts are among the best generators of [more…]

Real Estate Investment Trusts for Income-Producing Investments

Real estate investment trusts (REITs) are a special breed of stock. A REIT is an investment that has elements of both a stock and a mutual fund (a pool of money received from investors that’s managed by [more…]

Fundamental and Technical Analysis for Stock Investors

When figuring out what to do in the investment world, most professionals use one of two basic approaches to stock trading: fundamental analysis and technical analysis [more…]

Moving Averages as a Stock Investment Indicator

In terms of stock price data, a favorite tool of the technical analyst is the moving average. A moving average is the average price of a stock over a set period of time [more…]

Top Technical Indicators for Stock Investors

An indicator is a mathematical calculation that can be used with the stock’s price and/or volume to help make investment choices. The end result is a value that’s used to anticipate future changes in price [more…]

Information to Consider for Value Stock Investments

In your investment decisions, when you look at purchasing stock in a company from a value-oriented perspective, here are some of the most important items to consider: [more…]

How to Invest in Human Need Stocks

In 2011, the world population passed another milestone — 7 billion! That can be a huge consideration when pondering your next stock investments. Think of all the mouths to feed . . . think food, water, [more…]

How to Benefit from Stock Investments in Energy

Fortunately for investors in the stock market, the energy sector has more opportunities than problems. The energy sector actually has something for many different types of investors: [more…]

Stock Investments in Gold and Precious Metals

Over the ages, gold (and silver) has come to be synonymous with wealth. In modern stock investment, gold has become known as an inflation hedge and investment insurance, especially during times of inflation [more…]

Stock Investments in Healthcare

Perhaps you’ve heard about the “graying of America.” This phrase obviously represents a firm megatrend in place. For stock investors, this megatrend is a purely demographic play, and the numbers are with [more…]

How to Identify the Effects of Politics on Stock Investments

Before and after election time, investors must keep a watchful eye on the proceedings. For stock investors, politics manifests itself as a major factor in investment-making decisions in many ways. [more…]

How to Ascertain the Political Climate for Your Stock Investments

The bottom line is that you as a stock investor ignore political realities at your own (economic) risk. To be and stay aware, ask yourself the following questions about the stock of each company in which [more…]

Nonsystemic and Systemic Effects of Political Decisions on Stock Investments

Government regulations can change the playing field in businesses. Therefore, the outcomes of politics can affect your stock investments in two basic ways: nonsystemic and systemic. [more…]

Effects of Price Controls and Central Banks on Stock Investments

Before and after election time, stock investors must keep a watchful eye on the proceedings. Election Day brings a new slate of politicians into office, and they in turn joust and debate on new rules and [more…]

The Good and Bad of Technical Analysis for Stock Investors

Although technical analysis is the “star,” it does have its shortcomings as an analytical tool for stock investors. The major drawback of technical analysis is that it’s a human approach that tracks human [more…]

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