Stocks

Welcome to the Beginner’s Guide to Buying Stocks Online

You can buy almost anything online these days, from the mundane — lightbulbs, diapers — to the downright weird. (Bacon-flavored dental floss, anyone?) Like adding items to your digital cart, buying stocks online is quite simple, actually. The hard part is how to determine which stocks (and/or other securities) you’re going to buy for your […]

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Technical Analysis Explained

What is technical analysis? Technical analysis is the practice of gauging a stock’s future price fluctuations by analyzing past activity. This method involves looking for specific chart patterns and examining other historical data related to price and volume. To give you some perspective, let’s contrast this with fundamental analysis. As the name suggests, this approach […]

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Long Common Stock

When you own common stock, you hope that the firm will be profitable and you’ll share in the benefit of those profits. If you own a dividend-paying stock, you want to receive excellent dividends and you’d like to see a decent increase in stock price. Some investors feel the higher the dividend, the less they […]

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Managing Stock Positions

Common methods: Scaling Scaling refers to a somewhat systematic approach of getting in or out of a position in phases instead of all at once. Those phases are defined by share or dollar increments up to your maximum investment. The key to using this method is the planning is done in advance (see pyramiding up), […]

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Stock Basics: An Investor’s Guide

Everybody knows the old maxim buy low, sell high, and we all hear rumors around the water cooler about stocks that are poised to take off. Some people think that's all you need to know to make a killing in the stock market. Those people are wrong. Before you begin to invest in stocks or […]

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Long Common Stock on Margin

The Strategy This strategy is similar to long common stock , but on steroids. That’s because when buying stock on margin you normally put up only half of the money to purchase the stock and borrow the other half from your broker. Although the benefit of trading on margin is a boost to your available […]

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Short Selling Explained: An Introduction

Short selling is very different from owning stocks. It's more complex, carries more risk and requires a higher degree of responsibility on the part of the trader engaging in this practice. Before jumping in, you should understand how short selling works and what rules govern your investments, plus the potential risks and rewards involved. Knowing […]

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Short Selling Explained: Risks and Rewards

What is short selling, and what’s in it for traders? Short selling flips the old adage: buy low, sell high. Anticipating that a stock’s price will drop, a short seller performs this action in reverse: first they sell high, then they buy low. The tricky part is that the short seller doesn’t actually own the […]

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Short Selling Explained: Trading Strategies

How do you begin short selling as an investment strategy? A number of rules restrict which stocks may be shorted and the necessary conditions for shorting. This means you won’t always be able to short any stock you want, whenever you want. Working with an online brokerage service like Ally Invest ensures you have plenty […]

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Fundamental Analytics Explained: Balance Sheets

Reading a balance sheet: Assets Balance sheets provide a snapshot of how the company's assets (the value a company takes in) are balanced out against its liabilities (what the company must pay out). When assets equal liabilities plus equity, that's when the statement is said to be in balance. Assets include company resources that are […]

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