Getting Started with Investing

Investing is the concept of committing capital with the anticipation of a financial return. Even though investing may include short-term stock trading or even day trading, its goal is long term; investors look for a substantial increase in their wealth over time as a reward for locking in their money.

Essential Strategies for Investing

You need this chapter for two essential reasons. First, we want you to be very careful with your capital. We strongly recommend you put only 18-20 percent of your capital into short-term trading and the other 80 percent into sound, long-term investments. Second, before investing whatever part of your money you decide to put into long-term investing, you should be aware of some of the various strategies for that kind of portfolio. You will find some of those various styles and strategies here, in a shortened form.

Investing for Beginners

Investing for beginners can seem intimidating—especially if you’ve made the decision to control your own investments rather than paying an advisor or buying a mutual fund or annuity. But take heart. As a self-directed investor you’ve got the potential not only for greater profits (because everything you earn goes to you, not a paid advisor) but to have the satisfaction of controlling your own destiny.

Value Investing

Value investing is basically like shopping for a bargain at garage sales. The idea is to look for something that may have on it some dust, some rust, or even may have been badly beaten up. But underneath the obvious defects is something you think is a treasure that will become worth a lot more than the price tag that's on it in the bargain bin.

Growth Investing

Fundamental analysis typically refers to a method of analyzing and evaluating equities, though it may also apply to any kind of security. A whole slew of data including, but not limited to, financial statements, economics, health, management, interest rates, production, earnings, competitive advantages, competitors and many other qualitative and quantitative factors are considered.

Factor Investing

Factor investing is a method of identifying several key factors that are common to stocks that, over the long-term, outperform the overall market. While once used predominantly by institutional investors, there are several funds that use these principals now available to retail investors.

How to Find Good Stocks for Smart Investments

Smart investors have a plan for stock market investing. They don’t just buy the latest hot stock in the news or act on a tip from the media or their brother-in-law or broker. Rather, they have a set of criteria for a smart investment and they evaluate each potential investment accordingly.

The Best Ways to Consider Investing Money

Let’s say you have exactly $1,000 and want to make an investment in the financial markets. Determining how to invest your money is an important decision. What do you do? Should you invest $1,000 in stocks, futures, options or a combination? What’s the best way to invest $1,000 today? Here are 10 options for how to invest your money.

9 Financial Experts Share Their Best Way to Invest $10,000

Robert Arnott once said, "In investing, what is comfortable is rarely profitable." Deciding how and where to invest your money is not always an easy decision, nor an easy process. Consider for a moment, how would you decide what is the best way to invest $10,000 today? Or what if you were trying to decide how to invest $1000? There are many possible avenues depending on your level of experience and goals as an investor. In exploring this topic, we asked a few of our Online Trading Academy instructors to weigh in. Here's what they had to say:

Investment Risk - The 5 Elements of Out-performance

In the same way that an obsolete hand held calculator contains more computing power than an Apollo spacecraft, in pursuit of "outperformance" even novice investors today have at their fingertips a vast amount of information and research unimaginable just a few years ago.

10 Tips for Managing Your Investment Portfolio

Whether you work with a broker or adviser or you trade on your own, you should always monitor your investments. By keeping an eye on your investment portfolio, you can prevent minor mistakes from turning into big problems.

40 Money Management Tips from Professionals

When it comes to making financial decisions, who do you ask for money tips or advice? We think it’s always a good idea to consult with experts, and that’s how we pulled together these bits of financial wisdom.

How to Understand Your Investment Fees

Do you truly understand your investment return? The average investor might be touting high investment returns at their kid's next soccer game but when you subtract the fees and investment costs the returns will be quite different.

Key Factors That Impact Expected Bond Yield

Essential income investor knowledge begins with understanding the ways expected return, or yield, on bonds and bond funds are presented. This awareness is essential to choosing wisely among thousands of bond mutual funds, ETFs, closed end funds, and among countless individual bonds.

The Impact of Rising Interest Rates and How to Prepare

When the Federal Reserve raises interest rates most all aspects of the economy are affected, but not all in a good way. It is prudent for investors to understand how their investments typically react so they can be prepared.

Understanding The Magic of Compounding Interest

The major benefit of opening a retirement account is the interest you earn on your money. Compounding Interest is the multiplying of your money as a greater account balance leads to more interest earned.

Fixed-Income Investing Tools: Bonds

Bonds are a fixed income investment that can be used to help diversify a portfolio. They offer the benefit of less risk exposure than stocks, while still offering returns, especially in higher interest rate environments.

Fixed Income Investments: CD & Money Market Accounts

CDs and Money Market Accounts are generally considered safer investments for those looking for higher returns than a standard savings account offers. Learn about the use of CDs and Money Market Accounts as fixed income investments and how they could benefit your portfolio.

Guidelines for Strategic Asset Allocation

Allocation of assets in a portfolio should not be a static condition, since some industries perform their best in a strong economy and other industries are bolstered by weaker economies. As the economic cycle changes, it is a good strategy to also adjust how assets are allocated.

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