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Who Regulates the Stock Market?

Stock market regulation isn’t the sexiest topic in the world when it comes to investing in stocks and playing in the market. It is, however, something that is quite necessary. The stock market, if left unchecked and uncontrolled, would descend into chaos and a widespread culture of cheating, manipulation, deception, and – in the end […]

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All About Currency Mutual Funds

Mutual funds are very popular, especially in stock markets that are experiencing turbulence and volatility. The ability to diversify your investments and (somewhat) mitigate non-systemic risk in your portfolio is irresistible to many investors – especially when you can apply the advantages of mutual funds to other asset classes, such as currencies. Currencies are quite […]

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What are Stocks and Shares?

Those new to stock trading might be confused at first by the idea of “stocks” and “shares” and the million other terms related to the stock market. This is understandable; the inner workings of the stock market can be complex and confusing even for trading veterans. Fortunately, stocks and shares are easy enough to understand, […]

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Can Anyone Buy Stocks Or Are There Restrictions?

Stock trading has taken off over the last decade, with the advent of the Internet and online stock brokerages like Zecco and Scottrade. Membership with these brokerages and others has exploded. Now, everyone trades stocks in some form or fashion, either online daily or through 401ks and IRAs. Are there any limitations on who can […]

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How Much Can I Contribute to My 401k Per Year?

A 401k can be a pretty powerful investment tool for retirement if you make full use of it. Basically, through a 401k offered by your employer, you can contribute a certain amount of pre-tax dollars from your gross salary to your account. This money may be matched dollar for dollar (to a certain amount) by […]

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Top 3 Canadian Stock Screeners

Stock screeners can be wonderful tools to use for traders who want to find exactly the right stock that matches the right investment criteria (like price, P/E ratio, volume, industry, dividend yield, etc). Virtually every major online brokerage offers stock screeners, as do most finance websites and even stock exchanges. I highly recommend taking advantage […]

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How Can I Get Money Out of My 401k Without Paying Penalties?

A 401k – or 401(k) – is a retirement savings account/investment tool that is widely available and pretty powerful under the right circumstances. You can use them to basically take pre-tax dollars, have them matched by your company (hopefully), and then invested in stocks, money market accounts, mutual funds, and bonds to grow over time. […]

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Tips for Following the Stock Market

Have you ever wanted to know how to follow the stock market, or how to follow individual stocks – or just how to make sense of it all? If so, you’re like countless other investors and aspiring investors in that you want to have a systematic way to follow the market, track stocks, pick up […]

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How Do Stock Options Work?

Buying and selling stock isn’t just limited to putting in orders for whatever the price is at the moment. You can actually take advantage of trading stock options – or a financial instrument that gives you the right to purchase or sell an asset at a future date. Stock options have values just like stocks, […]

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Crude Oil ETFs: What You Need to Know

ETFs – exchange-traded funds – have been the rage for the investment world for the past half-decade. This is especially true when you consider the price of oil and the fact that it is the most vital, in-demand commodity in the world – bar none. So, when you marry the two concepts, you get crude […]

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