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An index is simply a collection (or "basket") of stocks. An ETF allows trading an index just like a stock. The best-known indexes are:
Indexing is widely considered the safest and best way for most people to invest.
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Find stocks with the following characteristics:
Popularized by investors Benjamin Graham & Warren Buffett, value investing is about buying something for less than it is worth. It's based on this idea that you can find undervalued companies (companies with low P/E - price per earnings). It's hard to do it these days:
Let's say that a company's stock trades for $100 and that the company has earnings per share (EPS) of $6.50 over the last 12 months.
We can calculate a trailing ("last 12 months") P/E ratio for that stock by simply dividing the stock price ("P") by the EPS ("E"), so 100/6.50 equals about 1...
A dividend stock will usually make a cash payment into your brokerage account every 3 months. Works well as you can take the cash from a dividend payment and use it to buy more dividend stocks.
A dividend yield is how much money you make yearly compared to the share price (see image): ...
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Great companies that are rapidly growing will always trade at high P/E's (Facebook, Amazon etc). Value investors will always tell you to stay away from companies with high P/E's. Ignore them.
Matthew's advice: buy growth stocks that are hitting new 52-week highs, or even all-time n...
Every stock has a bid price and an offer (or "ask") price. “You sell to the bid, and you buy from the ask.”
When you are buying a stock, you can use 2 different kinds of orders:
Risk no more than 1% of the trading account on each stock trade.
Let’s say that I am trading a $100,000 account. I will risk only 1% of my account, or $1,000. If I enter the stock at 100 and the 50-day moving average is at 95, that means that my risk is 5 points on the stock (100-95). ...
It's where shares in companies are traded. The most important ones are:
Active investing strategies means picking your own stocks and building and managing a portfolio. It's hard and few people do it well.
Passive investing strategies mean investing in an index. When indexing, most people like to invest the same dollar amount ...
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The three most widely followed indexes in the U.S. are the S&P 500, Dow Jones Industrial Average, and Nasdaq Composite.
Nasdaq's indexes have outperformed the S&P 500 (it tracks large-cap stocks), and the Dow Jones Industrial Index (the 30 largest US companies).
It outperformed because both Nasdaq indexes lean heavily into tech, consumer services, and health care - the top-performing industries in recent ye...
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