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The Stock Broker’s Role in Investment

The broker’s primary role in investing is to serve as the vehicle through which you either buy or sell stock. Often, the word “brokers” refers to companies such as Charles Schwab, TD Ameritrade, E*TRADE [more…]

Pros and Cons of Using Full-Service Stock Brokers

Full-service stock brokers are just what the name indicates. They try to provide as many services as possible for investors who open accounts with them. [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…]

An Introduction to Cash Accounts at a Stock Brokerage

If you use a cash account (also referred to as a Type 1 account) for your stock investments, you must deposit a sum of money along with the new account application to begin trading. [more…]

An Introduction to Margin and Option Accounts at a Stock Brokerage

Margin and option accounts allow you to borrow funds for your trades from the stock broker. This newfound credit gives you more leverage so you can buy more stock or do short-selling. [more…]

How to Interpret Basic Investment Recommendations from Stock Brokers

In recent years, investment-conscious Americans have become enamored with a new sport: the rating of stocks by brokers on TV financial shows. Frequently, these shows feature a dapper market strategist [more…]

Questions to Ask about a Stock Broker’s Investment Recommendations

An analyst’s recommendation about stock investments is certainly a better tip than what you’d get from your barber, but you want to view recommendations from analysts with a healthy dose of reality. Analysts [more…]

When to Use Limit Orders for Stock Investing

A limit order is a very precise condition-related order implying that a limit exists either on the buy or the sell side of the stock transaction. You want to buy [more…]

How to Research Investment in a Company’s Stock through SEC Filings

The serious stock investor doesn’t overlook the wealth of information that he can cull from documents filed with the SEC. Take the time and effort to review these documents because they offer great insight [more…]

Introduction to Brokerage Reports for Stock Investors

Traditionally, brokerage reports have been a good source of information for investors seeking informed opinions about stocks. And they still are, but in recent years some brokers have been penalized for [more…]

The Basic Rules of Stock Trading

If you’re going to trade in stock, adhere to some golden rules to help you maximize your success (or at least minimize your potential losses): [more…]

Introduction to Day Orders in Stock Trading

A time-related order for stock is just that — the order has a time limit. Typically, investors use these orders in conjunction with condition-related orders. A specific type of time-related order, a [more…]

Introduction to Good-Til-Cancelled Stock Orders

A good-til-canceled (GTC) order is the most commonly requested stock order by investors. The GTC order means just what it says: The order stays in effect until it’s transacted or until the investor cancels [more…]

Introduction to Market Orders for Stock Investments

When you invest in stock, the simplest type of order is a market order — an order to buy or sell a stock at the market’s current best available price. Orders don’t get any more basic than that. [more…]

Stop-Loss Orders for Your Stock Investments

A stop-loss order (also called a stop order) is a condition-related order that instructs the broker to sell a particular stock in your investment portfolio only when the stock reaches a particular price [more…]

When to Use Trailing Stops for Your Investments in the Stock Market

Trailing stops are an important technique in wealth preservation for seasoned stock investors and can be one of your key strategies in using stop-loss orders. [more…]

Use Beta Measurement to Determine the Volatility of a Stock for Investment

To be a successful investor, you need to understand the volatility of the particular stock you invest in. In stock market parlance, this volatility is also called the beta of a stock. [more…]

Protecting Yourself from Pitfalls in Penny Stocks

Investors who aren’t aware of the best ways to protect themselves from the risks of investing in penny stocks can sometimes get burned. But if you abide by the following pointers, you’ll be able to sidestep [more…]

Crucial Criteria Found in Great Penny Stocks

When you find a penny stock that exhibits the following characteristics, you may have uncovered an investment that will grow in value for the coming months and years: [more…]

The No-Cost Method to Becoming an Excellent Penny Stock Investor

You can practice trading in real penny stocks, and in real time, without any risk to your capital. Called “paper trading,” the process simply involves investing imaginary money into real stocks and keeping [more…]

Penny Stocks For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Many excellent companies trade as penny stocks, and investing in those companies as they “grow up” to become bigger stocks can be extremely lucrative. Unfortunately, penny stocks have been given a bad [more…]

Introduction to Technical Analysis for Stock Investors

To get the most benefit from using technical analysis, you need to understand how it operates and what it is that you’re looking at. Technical analysis is based on the following assumptions. [more…]

How to Recognize the Investment Value of Stocks

Imagine that you like eggs and you’re buying them at the store. In this example, the eggs are like companies whose stock you might invest in, and the prices represent the prices that you would pay for [more…]

8 Ways to Improve Your Stock Investment Skills

Investors who analyze a company can better judge the value of its stock and profit from buying and selling it. Your greatest asset in stock investing is knowledge [more…]

Important Dividend Dates for Stock Investors

In order to understand how buying stocks that pay dividends can benefit you as an investor, you need to know how companies report and pay dividends. Some important dates in the life of a dividend are as [more…]

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