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The Complete Beginner's Guide to Investing in Stock

How Owning Shares of Companies Can Help You Build Wealth


History has shown that owning stocks is one of the easiest and most profitable ways to grow your wealth over the long-term. Virtually every member of the Forbes 400 list got there because they own a large block of shares in a public or private corporation, ranging from manufacturing and oil drilling to cosmetics and money management. Although your beginning may be humble, this guide to investing in stocks will explain what stocks are, how you can make money from them, and much more.

What Is Stock?

Financial Stock Chart
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Have you ever asked yourself, "What is stock?" or wondered why shares of stock exist? This introduction to the world of investing in stocks will provide answers to those questions and show you just how simple Wall Street really is. It may turn out to be one of the most important articles you've ever read if you don't understand what stocks represent. Find out the answer to "What is Stock?" and how it comes to exist ...

How Do I Actually Make Money from Investing in Stocks?

Making Money from Investing in Stocks
You probably know that investing in stocks is a way to get rich but very few new investors actually realize how you make money from your shares of stock. Now, you don't have to wonder any longer. Let us show you the two ways you can profit from owning and investing in stocks, and some of the factors that determine how fast a company grows. Find out how to make money from owning stocks ...

Why Do Stock Prices Fluctuate?

Stock Market Fluctuations
When you own shares of stock, you better get used to your portfolio going up 50% or falling 50% over short periods of time. What, exactly, makes shares of stock fluctuate so much? The answer is really simple ...

What Is a Stock Split?

Stock Splits
If you invest in stock, you are going to experience a stock split at one time or another. What is a stock split? Are stock splits good or bad for you? Find out what stock splits do to your investments ...

What Is a Stock's Market Capitalization (and Why Should I Care)?

Stock Market Capitalization
Once you begin investing in stock, you need to pay close attention to the market capitalization of each stock you own. Terms such as mega cap, big cap, small cap, and micro cap may not make sense to you now, but in a few moments, it will be old hat. Find out more about how market capitalization influences your investment returns ...

What You Should Know About Stock Prices

Investing in Stock Share Price Chart
Did you know a $50 stock can be more expensive than an $800 stock? It has to do with the way corporations are structured and as a new investor, this is one of the most important things you need to learn before you invest a single dollar into the stock market. Find out how you should think about share price ...

Dividends 101

Dividends on Your Stock Investments
Studies have shown that 99% of the real, after-inflation return you earn on your stock investments will come from the dividends you receive each year. This guide covers everything a new stock investor needs to know about dividends including how they are paid, and much more.

Should I Invest In Blue Chip Stocks?

Blue Chip Stock Investing - Investing in Stock
Now that you are an investor, you are going to hear a lot about blue chip stocks, or bellwethers as they were called in the old days. How is investing in blue chip stocks different, and why would you consider adding them to your portfolio? Discover the benefits of blue chip stocks ...

How Can I Find Stocks for My Portfolio?

Investing Ideas for Investing in Stocks
Now that you understand the basics of investing in stocks, the next step is to find investment ideas. You need the names of actual companies in which you want to purchase stock. How can you find good investment ideas? Here are some suggestions ...

How Is Investing in Preferred Stock Different from Investing in Stock?

Investing in Shares of Preferred Stock
Preferred stock is very different from regular shares of common stock that virtually all investors have owned at one time or another. In fact, preferred stocks have their own list of risks and drawbacks. Find out how investing in preferred stocks is different ...

How to Invest in Stocks

Stock Market Investing in Stocks
Once you've come up with a list of potential stock investments, you need to actually jump in and start buying shares. How do you do it? It's not hard at all. Let us show you how to invest in stocks ...

How To Choose a Stock Broker for Your Stocks

Choosing a Stock Broker and Brokerage Firm for Your Stock Investments
It's difficult to begin investing in stocks without a stock broker. This complete guide to choosing a stock broker and brokerage firm should make the process easy and enjoyable.

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