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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.
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  2. Business Valuation (4)
  3. Dividend Stocks (5)
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  6. Penny Stocks (3)
  7. Preferred Stock (5)
  8. Stock Market Game (5)
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101 Things You Always Wanted to Know About Stocks
Everyone talks about stocks but few people understand them. This guide was put together so you could learn the 101 most frequently asked questions about stocks in only a few minutes, putting you years ahead of the average American in understand what stocks are, how they work, and what some common terms mean.

3 Things to Know About Investing in Stocks
There are three important things new investors should know before investing in stocks. These are common misconceptions and basic lessons that often go unnoticed until it is too late. Do yourself, and your pocketbook, a favor by taking two minutes out of your day and learning about these three fundamentals.

A Real Trade from One of My Operating Businesses
This morning, one of my operating businesses, Mount Olympus Awards, LLC executed a trade this morning through its Charles Schwab account known as a "buy-write" that consisted of two-legs. It entailed the purchase of a block of stock and the subsequent writing (selling) calls against those shares, which gave another investor the right, but not the obligation, to purchase our position at a pre-established price in exchange for an insurance premium. Learn more about buy-write stock options.

Financial Success Requires More Than Investing in Stocks
You can't just rely on investing in stocks for your financial independence. Stocks are only one part of the equation. Instead, you need to nurture and grow your wealth "engines" that churn out cash for you to invest.

How Technology Can Help - Or Destroy - Your Portfolio
Technology investing can be complicated. Consider the case of Vonage and Skype VoIP phone service relative to the major phone companies. A client, by switching to these new Internet-carried voice companies - and there are many, many others besides Vonage and Skype - can save thousands of dollars per year. That doesn't bode well for the shareholders of the old-line phone companies. As an investor, this is the sort of thing you need to carefully consider when making stock selections.

Is My Money Safe If My Brokerage Firm Goes Out of Business?
If your stock broker goes out of business, is your money safe? What happens?

Real Life Example of Dual Class Structures in a Public Company
Many investors don't realize that companies can offer a dual class structure, treating stockholders differently depending upon which class of stock they own. Here, we examine a real life example of the dual class structure at Ford Motors to illustrate this idea and how it can result in disparities in the event of liquidation.

Seven Questions that Can Help You Select Better Stocks
When putting together a portfolio of companies, there are seven basic questions that every investor should ask. The answers can help uncover competitive strengths and weaknesses, providing a better understanding of the economics and market position of the business.

Should I Invest In Individual Stocks or Index Funds?
If you have ever picked up a financial magazine or spoken to a handful of financial advisers, you know there are some pretty strong opinions about whether investors should buy individual stocks for their portfolios or just go with a collection of low-cost index funds. What is the difference? I thought I'd provide a brief overview to help you...

Should I Invest In Penny Stocks?
Should I Invest In Penny Stocks?

The Big Lie - HR-3574 - Stock Option Expense and the House of Representatives
The House of Representatives recently passed HR3574 which will over rule the FASB requirement that stock option expense be reflected in the income statement. This article details the problems with the House's actions and explains why stock option expense is very real to investors.

Understanding Stock Repurchase Plans
A stock repurchase plan is one way a company can return money to shareholders without causing dividend tax liabilities. Using the recent stock repurchase activity from Sonic Restaurant, I'm going to explain how stock repurchases work, why stock repurchases may be good for investors, and some of the potential dangers of the programs and plans if management doesn't keep liquidity high enough.

What are Dow Futures and How Do They Work
Have you ever picked up the newspaper or watched CNBC and wondered what the reporters were talking about when they discussed the Dow Futures and the influence they would have on the direction of the stock market? This will service as a quick introduction to Dow Futures and help you understand a little bit about them.

What Is a Derivative?
With the word derivative being thrown around every night on the news, you feel left out if you don't know what it means. Don't worry! In a few seconds, you're going to learn what a derivative is, the different types of derivatives, and why derivatives can be dangerous to the overall financial system if left unchecked.

What Is Stock?
Have you asked the question what is stock or wondered why shares of stock even exist? This guide will go far beyond answering the question, "What is stock?" and serve as a great foundation in our complete beginner's guide to investing in stock.

What is the Preemptive Right?
The preemptive right is the right belonging to existing shareholders of a corporation to avoid involuntary dilution of their ownership stake by giving them the chance to buy a proportional interest of any future issuance of common stock. The preemptive right is an anti-dilutive provision and is also known as the subscription right or subscription privilege.

When It Comes to Investing in Stocks, Your Job Is to Buy Profits
Investing in stocks is easy. You may not know that now as a new investor but it really is. Wall Street wants you to feel overwhelmed, confused, and scared because then, it can charge you higher fees and commissions to walk you through the maze of complexity that it created! Here are a few tips to help new investors that want to add stocks to...

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