A Beginner’s Guide to Reading Stock Charts

In the old days, stockbrokers made their living primarily because they were the only ones with quick access to the information needed to make intelligent stock buys. Today, that information is available almost instantly to anyone. The trick is to understand that information, which is a different skill. Those who use stockbrokers and financial advisors […]


What Are Unsettled Funds?

Before the internet enabled money to be instantly transferable, owning a stock meant possessing a physical stock certificate, and trading a security required several days to complete. That’s why the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) created settlement periods — to allow time for buyers and sellers to physically exchange their respective halves of the trade. […]


4 Ways Social Media Trends Can Impact Your Investment Portfolio

As an investor, there isn’t one right way to evaluate the market or your next big investment. You might choose to rely on the fundamentals and only invest in companies that meet certain financial criteria. Or you might make investment decisions based on the behavior of other investors or trends you see in the world. […]


22 Bizarre Investing Terms, Explained

From baseball’s food-themed pickle and rhubarb to photography’s Uncle Bob and Shutter Nutters, seemingly every industry has insider vocabulary. If you’re thinking about investing in the market, you might’ve come across some odd investing terminology. But don’t let it act as a roadblock to building wealth. Deciphering stock market lingo isn’t remotely as tough as, […]


Start Investing: Digital Tools to Track Your Investments

When you hear a song but can’t place the title or artist, you Shazam it. And if there’s a person, place, thing or idea that you want to know more about, chances are, you hit up Wikipedia. So when you need help tracking your investments and potential wealth building opportunities, follow suit and try these […]


Understanding the Tax Implications of Stock Trading

Whether you mapped out an investment strategy for months or certain stock news quickly piqued your interest in the market, you might not have given much thought to your taxes. Read on to learn how investment returns can impact your tax return. Taxes on Stocks Investing in and trading stocks can be a great tool […]


D.I.Y. Investing: 5 Things to Know Before You Get Started

Sometimes you just want to take matters into your own hands, especially when it comes to your money. After all, you know your capacity for risk and your long-term financial goals better than anyone else. If this rings true to you, a D.I.Y. investing approach could be just what your portfolio needs. But if you’re […]


Trading vs. Investing: What’s the Difference?

Two runners sign up to run a race. One runs at a consistent, comfortable speed all the way to the finish line. The other alternates between bursts of sprinting and periods of walking. It’s hard to predict who will win — much like it’s difficult to say which approach, between trading vs. investing, will put […]


Stock Market Ups and Downs: How Do You Keep From Freaking Out?

Rapid changes in the market can cause some investors to fret — frantically checking on their shares and wondering if they should make a move. Market ups or downs have the potential to bring investors big losses or attractive gains, so this behavior is understandable. But, as the saying goes, “Change is inevitable” — and, […]

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