Archive | May, 2012

What Is an ETF?

If you’re into stock trading, you’ve probably heard of one particular acronym – the ETF, or exchange-traded fund. ETFs have become extremely popular over the last five years or so because they give you the flexibility and profit potential of stocks with the benefits of an investment fund, all rolled conveniently into one tidy package. […]

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A Quick Guide to Stock Broker Commissions

The next time you go shopping, take a look at your receipt. If you live in a place that has a sales tax – and chances are, you do – then you are probably already intimately familiar with having to pay a percentage of the overall bill in fees. A stock broker’s commission is the […]

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Stock Trading Basics: The Who, What, and Why of the Market

The stock market is as much a part of our economy as it ever was – and since online trading began, it has become even more important to everyday traders. Stock market basics are things just about anyone interested in investing for retirement or for extra income should know, from what a market is to […]

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How to Buy and Sell Stocks With A Broker

Stock marketing trading has been around for centuries, but lately, with the advent of the Internet, it has taken off to an entirely new level. Untold numbers of traders buy and sell stocks online these days because it is quick and easy – with far more access to stock exchanges than ever before. If you […]

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My Favorite Stock Trading Books

Sometimes it seems that there are about as many books written on the stock market and trading stocks as there are stocks in the market. Not all are great reads, and some should be outright avoided. (I’ll refrain from mentioning those.) But, to a certain extent, you can learn from many stock trading books out […]

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A Basic Guide to Stock Chart Patterns

If there’s one thing that is absolutely indispensable to a trader, it is a stock chart. Stocks are vital. While it’s possible to trade without ever looking at a stock chart – I’m sure some grizzled veterans from yesteryear can do it – trading is faster, easier, and more successful with charts by your side. […]

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Trading Stocks on Margin…Risky? Yes.

One of the most profitable – and riskiest – ways to trade stocks is to trade on margin. If you haven’t heard of this method before, it’s probably because trading on margin carries with it a lot of risk to go along with the upside potential. I’ll cover the basics of this trading method and […]

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Can I Trade Stocks Commission Free?

One thing that irritates some stock traders is the practice of paying for the ability to trade on market exchanges through commissions or fees. Is it possible to avoid paying commissions altogether? Through DRIPs and commission-free trading plans, the answer could be yes. Why Pay Commissions? This stems from the traditional practice of having to […]

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What is the Difference Between Common and Preferred Stock?

There are many areas of confusion when it comes to trading stocks, and the difference between common and preferred stock is one of them. Most of the time, traders can get by without knowing which is which – especially if you are a beginner trader. But, there are key differences that you should understand because […]

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A Thorough Guide Simulated Stock Trading

Have you ever heard of simulated stock trading? If not, you could be missing out on a great opportunity to try your hand at the market, test strategies, and figure out a way to beat the market at its own game – earning a profit. The best part? You can do all of this without […]

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