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The World’s Greatest Opportunity Machine

The World’s Greatest Opportunity Machine

  • 75% of new traders quit within the first 3 months.
  • 90% of new traders quit within the first 6 months.
  • If you can stick around long enough and keep learning, you will be successful at this game.
  • Never forget that. Anyone can learn to play this game. 
  • Buy the strongest stocks that keep moving up. Add to your winners, get rid of your losers, and don't get too greedy. 


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What Is A Stock?

What Is A Stock?

  • A stock is a share of ownership in a company.

Ex: When I buy 100 shares of McDonald's, I become a partial owner of the company. I become a "shareholder."

  • Stocks move based on the laws of supply and demand. If a lot of people want to buy a stock, the share price will move up. Then if a very large investor comes in and starts to dump his stock, the price of the stock will move down. 


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How to Get Started with Stocks?

How to Get Started with Stocks?

Stocks are usually bought and sold on what are called "stock exchanges." A stock exchange is simply a place where buyers and sellers show up and exchange their shares for money, or their money for shares. 

  • The NYSE is best known for its blue chip (high- quality) stocks like Coca- Cola and McDonald's.(KO (Coca- Cola) or HD (Home Depot))
  • The Nasdaq is best known for its tech stocks like Netflix and Apple.(AAPL (Apple) or NFLX (Netflix))


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Investors Vs Traders

Investors Vs Traders

  • Some people like to buy stocks and hold them for many years. We call them "investors."
  • Other people like to buy and sell stocks more quickly, maybe holding them for only an hour, a day, a week, or a month. We call these people "traders." 


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Bid and Offer Price

Bid and Offer Price

  • As an individual, you cannot trade directly on a stock exchange. For that you will need a "broker" or "brokerage account." A broker is simply a middleman who gives people access to a stock exchange. 
  • Every stock has a bid price and an offer (or "ask") price.
  • The bid is the price at which someone is willing to buy the stock.
  • The offer is the price at which someone is willing to sell the stock. 
  • Memorize this phrase right now: “You sell to the bid, and you buy from the ask.”


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  • An index is simply a collection (or "basket") of stocks. Let's say that we take the 500 U.S. stocks with the largest market caps and toss them into a big basket. That basket is called the S& P 500. 
  • There's the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA). This is a famous index that goes back to 1896. It always contains only 30 companies. 
  • Another well- known index is the Nasdaq 100, which contains mostly tech companies. 


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Creating Passive Income with Dividend Stocks

Creating Passive Income with Dividend Stocks

  • A dividend stock will usually make a cash payment into your brokerage account every 3 months. That cash payment is called a dividend. 
  • Investing in dividend stocks is one of the best ways to build wealth. The reason it works so well is that you can take the cash from a dividend payment and use it to buy more dividend stocks. Then those dividend stocks will pay you more dividends. 


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A Janitor - $ 8 Million

A Janitor - $ 8 Million

  • Ronald Read, a janitor lived a simple life and funneled much of his earnings into dividend stocks. When he died at the age of 92, he left behind an $ 8 million fortune, all in dividend stocks. 
  • You don't need to have a high salary to become a millionaire. You just need to spend less than you earn, and invest the rest in dividend stocks. 
  • Owning a basket of dividend stocks over a long period of time is one of the best ways to build wealth. 


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How to Pick Stocks like Warren Buffett

How to Pick Stocks like Warren Buffett

  • Just copy him. Go here and download his letter for the most recent year. Scroll down and you will see a list of every stock that Buffett owns.
  • An even easier route might be to just buy some B- shares of Berkshire Hathaway (BRK- B). You can then sit back and relax and let Warren Buffett, Charlie Munger, and their successors do all of the hard work. 


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Five Huge Mistakes That Beginners Make

Five Huge Mistakes That Beginners Make

  1. Don’t buy stocks that are hitting 52- week lows.(There is no such thing as a “safe stock.”)
  2. Don’t trade penny stocks.(A stock that trades under $ 5.) 
  3. Don’t short stocks.
  4. Don’t trade on margin.
  5. Don’t trade other people’s ideas. 


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Keep Your Losses Manageable

Keep Your Losses Manageable

  • Never buy a stock just because it is "cheap" or has a low P/ E. (Price-Earning Ratio)
  • The key to making a lot of money is not losing a lot of money in the process. 
  • Keep your losses small and manageable, especially while you are still in the learning phase. It’s OK to buy just 1 share of stock when you are testing out a new strategy 


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 "It's not whether you're right or wrong that's important, but how much money you make when you're right and how much you lose when you're wrong." 



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Important Of Stocks For Companies

Important Of Stocks For Companies

A low or falling stock price will make it difficult for the company to attract top talent. In this way, stocks don't just reflect a company's current prospects, but also play a role in determining a company's future prospects. A company with a high or rising stock price can use that stock to buy out competitors and pay for top talent. That's what Facebook did with WhatsApp and Instagram. 


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Insider Secrets of the Stock Market

Insider Secrets of the Stock Market

  • If you are looking for a good long- term investment, buy a company that has the highest sales in its industry.
  • Once a business sells more than any other company in its industry, it becomes very difficult to compete with.
  • There's no substitute for being #1 in your industry.


  • Home improvement- Home Depot;
  • Fast food- McDonald's;
  • Toothpaste- Colgate Palmolive;
  • Payments- Visa;
  • Smart phones- Apple; 
  • Social media- Facebook. 


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"The single most important decision in evaluating a business is pricing power.

If you've got the power to raise prices without losing business to a competitor, you've got a very good business.

And if you have to have a prayer session before raising the price by 10 percent, then you've got a terrible business." 



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