Articles: Stocks

Our approach in putting this stocks category together is to help teach the reader about the stock exchanges themselves, and at the same time learn a bit from history.  Our goal is to give you enough information so that you feel comfortable and confident in taking your first step towards investing in stocks.

There is no doubt the stock market is complicated.  When money is involved, you can be sure that smart individuals are providing options to investors.  If you've been holding off on buying stocks because you just don't know how to get started, we think we can help.

History of the Stock Market

If you're going to start investing in stocks, it helps to understand how stock markets evolved, and learn something from their history.  Many analysts often look for parallels between today's market and the crashes of 1929, 1987, and 2008.

If you want to understand what happened back then, and have a deeper understanding of what could happen in the future, then we have a primer on these three significant points in the history of the stock market:

Stock Markets and Exchanges

Perhaps the most recognizable stock exchange in terms of name and trading floor is the New York Stock Exchange.  But did you realize that the NASDAQ currently holds the single day trading volume record?

We cover the two most noteworthy exchanges in America, as well as exchanges from around the world.  We've even thrown in some information about holidays and trading hours:

Stock Market Basics

Once you understand how the markets work, and what can happen, it's on to the basics.  Here we teach you about the intricacies of stocks, such as how to read stock symbols.  We also explain the concepts of stock options and splits, as well as the basics of trading:

Researching Stocks

While some people may be successful picking stocks based on a gut feeling, we're not convinced that long term, sustainable, results are possible with that approach.  If you've never researched a stock before, then take a read through our four part series on this topic.

By the time you're done, you should feel confident and a little more comfortable that you picked a stock with your head and not your heart, or your stomach:

Dow Jones

Charles Dow played an important role not just in helping to shape the future of the Wall Street Journal, but also with his concept of the stock index.  If you think you know all there is to know about the Dow, take a look at our Dow Jones Index series.  You might be surprised at some of the trivia we've included:

Buying / Picking Stocks

Finally, if you're looking for some shortcuts, which we really advise against when it comes to stocks, then you might want to take a look at some of our quick-hit articles on picking stocks.  We'll explain what a penny stock is, and the theory behind the Dogs of the Dow.  If you're interested in playing the market, but don't want to use your own money, we even tell you where you can find some online stock market games: