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3-06 Short Selling?

In its simplest form, short selling is selling shares that you don’t own. Just like the broker will loan you cash to buy more shares, the broker will also loan you shares that you can sell. When you sell shortBorrowing shares from your broker to sell a stock that you don’t own with the hope Read More…

3-05 Buying on Margin

When you are opening a real brokerage, you will be asked if you want to open a Margin Account. Buying on margin means that you purchase securities using some of your own cash and you take a loan from your broker to complete the purchase. The collateral for the loan is the stocks or cash Read More…

3-02 Understanding Stock Quotes

You can easily use the quote page on your brokerage account to locate stocks you might want to buy. If you know the ticker symbol you want to buy, or know the company’s name, you should be successful in locating the current price and status of any publicly traded security. Remember, some companies have multiple Read More…

3-01 How to Look Up a "Ticker Symbol"

The first thing you must understand about trading stocks is that the exchanges have assigned each stock a unique “ticker symbol” for identification purposes. When researching stocks, getting quotes, and placing trades, you usually have to know the ticker symbol. Stock ticker symbols are usually 1 to 5 letters long. (Occasionally they contain a “.” Read More…

1-13 Resources

Bond (Corporate, Treasury, or Municipal): A debt obligation of a company, the U.S. Treasury Department, or a city where the borrower receives funds (usually in increments of $1,000), makes semi-annual interest payments based on the coupon rate, and eventually repays the borrowed amount ($1,000) to the lender at the maturity date of the bond. Certificates Read More…

1-12 Understand Risk and Investing

Regardless of your choice of investment types, you should learn about and understand the correlation of risk to the size and type of your investments. First, become familiar with the traditional risk levels of various types of asset groups ( stocksStocks are “equity investments” which means that individuals that own stock shares of a company Read More…

1-10 Real Estate

Buying and selling real estate as an investment strategy is quite different from simply buying a home or commercial building. Just as important in determining FMV (fair market value) as comparable properties are when buying a home, the income stream generated by a property is a primary component for an investor. You typically have three Read More…

1-09 Foreign Currency and Foreign Stocks

Investing in FX (foreign exchange), currency speculation, and hedging are variations of the same basic investment strategy—you are betting that one currency will strengthen or weaken against the other. Not for the faint-hearted, these investments involve more due diligence and savvy than all of the other security types we have covered so far. Trading in Read More…

1-08 Gold and Other Precious Metals

Precious metals, particularly gold and silver, are attractive investments to many people. But as usual, you must learn to become a knowledgeable investor as precious metals can fluctuate in value as rapidly as common stocksStocks are “equity investments”, which means that individuals who own stock shares of a company actually own part of that company. Read More…

1-07 Bonds

Unlike stocksStocks are “equity investments” which means that individuals that own stock shares of a company actually own part of that company., which are equity instruments, bondsA debt obligation of a company, the U.S. Treasury Department, or a city where the borrower receives funds (usually in increments of $1,000), makes semi-annual interest payments based on Read More…

1-06 ETFs (Exchange-Traded Funds)

ETFs are a cross between mutual funds and stocks. ETFs are simply a portfolio of stocks or bondsA debt obligation of a company, the U.S. Treasury Department, or a city where the borrower receives funds (usually in increments of $1,000), makes semi-annual interest payments based on the coupon rate, and eventually repays the borrowed amount Read More…

1-05 Mutual Funds

A mutual fund is a type of investment where a money manager takes your cash and invests it as he sees fit, usually following some rough guidelines. For example, the Fidelity Group has a fund that specializes in finding high dividend paying stocksStocks are “equity investments”, which means that individuals that own stock shares of Read More…

1-04 Stocks

Stocks are “equity investments” which means that when you own shares of a company you own part of that company. For example, if you own 1,000 shares of Apple Computer stock and Apple has 1,000,000 shares that are “issued and outstanding,” then you own 0.1% of the company. If Apple were then to be sold Read More…

Investing Lesson Plans

Teaching about investing in your class? We have you covered! Click on this post to check out our collection of investing lesson plans, divided up by age group, with great ways to incorporate the stock game into the lessons!

Finding Stocks In Specific Sectors

If you’ve started buying a few stocks, you will probably be interested in diversifying your portfolio between various sectors. Click on this post to find out how our Quotes Tool can help you diversify your portfolio.

OHLC (Bar) Chart

“OHLC” stands for “Open, High, Low, Close”, and this is a chart designed to help illustrate the movement of a stock’s price over time (typically a trading day, hour, or minute).

Transaction History

Your transaction history page will show you all the orders you’ve placed that have gone through. Click on this post to learn about its features and uses.

Closed Positions

Your closed positions page will show an estimated profit and loss from all positions you’ve “Closed” (bought then later sold, or shorted and later covered. Click on this article to read about its features.

Complete User Guide

This will be an overview on the different pages, navigation, and what features are available to all users!

Using The Quotes Tool For Research

Our Quotes Page provides a variety research tools both for beginners and for those looking to do more advanced research. Click on this article to learn about the various tools found on the quotes page, and what they can offer.

How Is My Buying Power Calculated?

Calculating your buying power can be tricky, and it gets trickier with more complex contest rules. This will be a quick primer on how to see exactly how your buying power is calculated, what affects it, and how to recover it when you want to make more purchases.

Why Invest In Stocks

This simple answer is when you have money to invest for an extended period of time, the stock market historically has provided the greatest return. Read this post to understand why.

Wall Street

“Wall Street” is a street in New York City, near the southern end of Manhattan Island. It is the home of the New York Stock Exchange, and the biggest center of stock trading and finance in the world.

Economics Lesson Plans

Economics lesson plans are usually the most interesting to students, since it shows how the entire economy around them is flowing! We have some great places to start when you want to talk about economics in your classroom. This also includes lesson plans on taxes.

Personal Finance Lesson Plans

We want to make it as easy as possible to teach real personal finance skills to your students, so we have been working with our friends at EconEdLink.org, along with our own team of personal finance experts and educators, to build a set of the best lesson plans and teacher resources anywhere in the world. Click on this post to see the lesson plans available.

ETFs showing signs of stress with high trading!

ETFs have been one of the most popular investment vehicles in the world over the last decade or so, with investors of all types attracted to the low fees, but diverse holdings. Their biggest strong point, that you can trade them throughout the day like a stock instead of just end-of-day like mutual finds, is also their Achilles heel. Read this article to learn why.

Forex

Forex or (FX) is the term used for the world’s currency market. It comes from the words “Foreign Exchange”.

Stop and Limit Orders

A Stop (or stop loss) order and Limit order are orders that try to execute when a certain price threshold is reached. These orders are mirrors of each other; they have the same mechanics, but have opposite triggers.