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Investing for Beginners - By Category

Investing 101
If you want to learn more about investing but have no previous experience, the Beginner's Corner is for you. Here, you can discover basic investments such as stocks and bonds, read about speculative practices such as trading on margin and shorting, and learn how to open a brokerage account to begin investing today.

Stocks & Stock Options
There are many different types of equity investments including common stock, preferred stock, convertible stock and restricted stock. These resources will help you learn the difference between each and help you understand derivatives such as stock options and warrants.

Bonds and Fixed Income Investing
Interested in learning about bonds and other fixed income investments? Use these resources to find out which kind of bonds are right for you, how you can determine the safety of corporate and municipal bonds, and the difference between general obligation, revenue, junk, zero-coupon, and fallen angels bonds.

Mutual Funds, ETF Funds, and Hedge Funds
You've heard that mutual funds are the easiest way to begin investing your money, but aren't exactly sure how to go about getting involved with them. These resources will help make sense and simplify the process of buying your initial shares in the fund of your choice.

Real Estate Investing
Real estate investing has been around for thousands of years. Although the rules are different than the stock market, real estate investing can make you wealthy if done correctly (e.g., billionaire Sam Zell. Use these resources and articles to decide if real estate investing is right for you.

Small Business Investing
Small business represents one of the biggest investments most families will make. Whether it is pooling money together to start a retail store or opening a small coffee shop, entrepreneurship has a rich history that, historically, has served as the best option for those who don't have a lot of money to invest and who possess a certain temperament and skill set. These resources are designed to explain some of the basics of small business investing, including the legal structures that are important to understand.

Banking and Cash Management
These banking resources will help you understand how your bank can help aid in your investment plans. Banking topics covered include the federal reserve system, prime rate, money market accounts / funds and certificates of deposit.

Investing Strategies and Styles
Investing is an intensely personal endeavor; no one strategy or style fits everyone. These resources will help you identify which type of investor you are and what may work best based upon your needs and goals.

Accounting and Finance
Want to learn to read a balance sheet? Need to know how to understand an income statement? Curious about how to calculate different financial ratios or compound interest? These accounting and finance articles are here to help!

Economics
Economics is the study of how scarce commodities and resources are affected by supply and demand. Economics is divided into two subdivisions, microeconomics and macroeconomics. These links include economics articles, resources, working papers, and individual disciplines.

Retirement Planning
From 401(k) accounts to 403(b) plans, and Traditional IRA to a Roth IRA, these investing articles are resources cover the waterfront when it comes to retirement planning.

Planning for the Future
These resources will help you build a nest egg for college, plan for retirement, establish a budget and take control of your future.

Investing Lessons & Quizzes
Get a firm grasp on the stock market and how investment works in this series of investing lessons. To test your knowledge, each lesson has a free quiz at the end. Dive in today! Take it at your own pace, and before long, you'll be a financial expert!

Investing Resources
For everything else investing related, these categories and articles include everything from profiles of famous investors to financial calculators.

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Saving Money by Directly Investing Your Wealth
History has proven that one of the safest and easiest ways to increase your returns is to lower costs. The practice of direct investing involves holding your assets as closely as possible to minimize the layers of fees so more of your dividends, interest, rents, and royalties end up in your family's pocket.

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