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.

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.

How to Invest $1000 of Your 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:

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