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Direct Purchase Programs as an Alternative Stock Investment Method

If you’re going to buy a stock anyway, why not buy it directly from the company and bypass the broker (and commissions) altogether? Several hundred companies now offer [more…]

How to Invest in Stock through a Direct Purchase Program

If you have your sights set on a particular company for your stock investments and have only a few bucks to start out, a DPP is probably the best way to make your initial investment. The following steps [more…]

Dividend Reinvestment Is a Way to Buy Stock without Commission

Dividend reinvestment plans (DRPs or DRIPs) are great for small investors and people who are truly long-term investors in a particular stock. A company may offer a DRP to allow investors to accumulate [more…]

Pros and Cons of Dividend Reinvestment Plans for Stock Investors

In spite of the fact that more dividend reinvestment plans (DRPs) are charging service fees, DRPs are still an economical way to invest in stocks, especially for small investors. The big savings come from [more…]

Real Estate Trends Are a Key Indicator of Stock Market Performance

Real estate is a key sector to watch in maintaining your stock investments because it’s a cyclical bellwetherindustry — one that has a great effect on many other industries that may be dependent on it. [more…]

Key Questions Stock Investors Should Ask about Industries and Sectors

Your common sense is an important tool in choosing sectors and industries with winning stocks for your investment portfolio. Below are some of the most important questions to ask yourself when you’re choosing [more…]

Consider the Distribution of Cyclical and Defensive Industries in Your Stock Portfolio

In analyzing your stock investments, you can neatly place most industries into one of two categories: cyclical and defensive. In a rough way, these categories generally translate into what society wants [more…]

Questions to Ask about Industries before Investing in Stock

As an investor, you want to make sure you follow the sectors of the companies whose stock you own. The sector of a company can have a lot to say about its success or failure. Here are some questions to [more…]

How to Compile Your Own Stock Investment Research Department

You don’t need to spend an excessive amount of time or money, but you should maintain your own library of resources. You may only need one shelf (or a small amount of memory on your computer’s hard drive [more…]

Key Resources for Stock Investment Research

A wealth of valuable information is available for your investing pursuits. To get a more balanced view of the company and its prospects, take a look at several different sources of information for the [more…]

Accounting Ratios Important to Stock Investors

Stock investors need to pick up some rudimentary knowledge of accounting to round out their stock-picking prowess and to be sure that they’re getting a good value for their investment dollars. Ratios are [more…]

Strategies for Investing in Stock to Provide Income

Even conservative income investors can be confronted with different types of risk. Fortunately, you can carefully choose income stocks so that you can minimize potential disadvantages. [more…]

Advantages and Disadvantages of Income Stock Investments

Stocks with higher-than-average dividends are known as income stocks. Investors rely on these for regular income, whether in retirement or as a supplement to their earned income. [more…]

The Basics of Income Stock Investments

Dividend-paying stocks are a great consideration for those investors seeking greater income in their stock portfolios, especially stocks with higher-than-average dividends that are known as [more…]

Introduction to Small Cap Investments and Speculative Stocks

Every stock investor wants to get in early on a hot new stock. Why not? You buy Shlobotky, Inc., at $1 per share and hope it zooms to $98 before lunchtime. Who doesn’t want to buy a cheapy-deepy stock [more…]

Tips for Choosing Growth Stocks for Your Investment Portfolio

There are a few key questions that can help you cull the so-so growth stocks to unearth the go-go ones for your investment portfolio. It’s time to dig deeper for the biggest potential winners. Keep in [more…]

Introduction to Investment in the Stock Market

The basics of stock investing are so elementary that few people recognize them. When you lose track of the basics, you lose track of why you invested to begin with. [more…]

Introduction to Taxes for Stock Investors

It’s good to know in advance the tax basics on ordinary income, capital gains, and capital losses because they may affect your stock investing strategy. Profit you make from your stock investments can [more…]

Tax Implications of Capital Losses from Stock Investments

Ever think that having the value of your stock investments fall could be a good thing? Perhaps the only real positive regarding losses in your portfolio is that they can reduce your taxes. A [more…]

Minimize Taxes on Capital Gains from Stock Investment

Long-term capital gains from stock investments are taxed at a more favorable rate than ordinary income. To qualify for long-term capital gains treatment, you must hold the investment for more than one [more…]

Capital Gain and Loss Scenarios for the Stock Trader

Any stock investor can come up with hundreds of possible gains and losses scenarios. For example, you may wonder what happens if you sell part of your holdings now as a short-term capital loss and the [more…]

How to Report Your Stock Investment Activity to the IRS

Most stock investors report their investment-related activities on their individual tax returns (Form 1040). The reports that you’ll likely receive from brokers and other investment sources include the [more…]

IRS Tax Deductions for Stock Investors

In the course of managing your portfolio of stocks and other investments, you’ll probably incur expenses that are tax-deductible. The tax laws allow you to write off certain investment-related expenses [more…]

IRAs Provide a Tax-Advantaged Way to Invest for Retirement

Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) are stock investing accounts you can open with a financial institution, such as a bank or a mutual fund company. An IRA is available to almost anyone who has earned [more…]

401(k) Plans Can Reduce Your Taxes

Company-sponsored 401(k) plans (named after the section in the tax code that allows them) are widely used and very popular. In a 401(k) plan, companies set aside money from their employees’ paychecks that [more…]

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