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What is a Stock?

Buying a stock means taking an ownership position in a publicly traded company. Once you purchase a stock, you...

What are the Basics of Stocks?

This article and the ones that follow should give you a solid foundation in the knowledge of stocks and their use as...

How Can You Buy a Stock?

There are many services online and custodians that that can facilitate stock trades. Anybody can buy shares of a...

Why Do You Want to Own the Shares of a Publicly Traded Corporation?

The simplest answer is: to make money! Owning shares of a company’s stock is known as taking a long position

What Rights Does Owning Shares of Corporation Give You?

Shareholders of a company are part-owners of the company, and they are entitled to two things: voting for board...

What is the difference between Common Stock and Preferred Stock?

The primary difference between a preferred stock and a common stock is that preferred stockholders have a greater...

What is the Difference Between a Growth and Value Stock?

Growth stocks tend to be younger companies focused on using capital to fuel more growth, whereas Value stocks have...

What is Capital Appreciation?

Capital appreciation is an increase in the value of an owned stock. Capital appreciation occurs when the market price...

Why Does the Price of a Stock Change?

Stock prices change based on the law of supply and demand. Ultimately, as with the price of any good or service, the...

What Is Market Capitalization?

Market capitalization is a measure of a company’s size, in terms of the value of its total outstanding shares
What is Weighted Average Market Capitalization?

What is Weighted Average Market Capitalization?

Weighted Average Market Capitalization is a method which gives market cap, for a company, greater weight

What is Ex-Date?

The Ex-Date is for a stock indicates the last date of the month where a dividend is payable

What is an "Ex-Dividend"?

Ex-Dividend is a classification on a stock that indicates the dividend payable is to the seller of the stock, not the buyer

What are the Tax Implications for Making a Profit (or Loss) On a Stock?

Gains on stock investments will be taxable in the current year unless they can be offset with losses

What are the Risks Associated With Stocks?

Stocks are inherently risky, and an investor has risk of capital loss. As with most things in life, no risk yields no...

What is the “Riskless” (or Risk-Free) Rate of Return?

For comparisons of the risk/return ratio of an investment, one must start with a benchmark of a risk-free rate

What are the Forms of Ownership of a Corporation in the United States?

There are many different forms of ownership of a company in the United States. This subtopic describes some of them

What Else Should I Know About Stocks?

There are plenty of things that you should know about stocks. Feel free to pursue this collection of useful articles

What are Common Questions about Stocks?

People tend to focus on the mystery of the ‘get-rich-quick’ stock market when they start asking questions about...

What Does 'Buy to Cover' Mean?

‘Buy to Cover’ is a term that applies when an investor buys shares of a security that they had previously sold short

What is Common Stock?

A common stock is the one you’re most familiar with - having a share of ownership in a company

What is Convertible Preferred Stock?

A convertible preferred stock is one that gives the owner the option to convert shares to common stock

What are Consumer Staples Stocks?

Consumer Staples are generally defined as companies that sell goods with inelastic demand

What are Consumer Discretionary Stocks?

Consumer Discretionary companies are those that sell ‘non-essential’ items, such as clothing retailers

What are Materials Stocks?

Companies in the Materials sector have business interests in raw materials, such as steel, aluminum, and iron ore

What are Energy Sector Stocks?

The Energy Sector contains companies that are in the business of discovering, processing, or selling (or all 3)

What are Healthcare Stocks?

Stocks in the Healthcare sector are those related to hospital services, medical products and technologies

What are Utilities Stocks?

Utilities stocks are those who deal in services like water, electricity, gas, and other critical infrastructure

What are Industrials Stocks?

Industrials stocks include companies that are in the business of construction and manufacturing

What are Financials Stocks?

Financial stocks are those that make up the financial sector, which encompasses banks, lenders, wire houses, and others

What is the Technology Sector?

The Technology sector consists of companies involved in the research, development, and sale of technology products

What are Telecom Stocks?

Telecom is short for telecommunication, and it includes companies involved in the important business of communication

What does it Mean to be "Listed"?

To be “listed” means a stock has been registered and approved for trading on an exchange

What is a Plus Tick?

A plus tick is a transaction which occurs at a price higher than the transaction before it, also called an uptick
What is a Preferred Stock?

What is a Preferred Stock?

Preferred stock are dividend-paying equity shares issued by corporations, which pays a dividend with a higher priority

What is a Private Placement?

Investing in a private placement opportunity is done off-exchange, and usually involves a small number of investors

What is a Secondary Offering?

A secondary offering is the sale of a large block of previously-issued, privately-held stock, requiring SEC registration

What is a Stop Order?

A stop order names a price which serves as a trigger point, and when the price is crossed, a market order is entered

What is a Stop Limit Order?

A Stop-Limit Order basically automates the preferences of an investor or trader, to reduce exposure to price uncertainty

What is Stop-Loss Order?

A stop-loss order will name a price below (above) the market price on a long (short) position, where a sell order will trigger
What is a Value Stock?

What is a Value Stock?

Value Stock is a stock whose price has been deemed a value buy because of fundamentals, book value, and projected earnings