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Stock Investing For Dummies, 4th Edition


Learn to:

  • Incorporate stocks into your investment plan
  • Ride out the highs and lows of the market
  • Balance risks and rewards to reach your goals
  • Profit from emerging megatrends and sector opportunities

Grow your stock investments in today's changing environment

This practical guide gives you proven strategies for selecting and managing profitable investments in either a bear or bull market. You'll discover how to navigate the new economic landscape and choose the right stocks for different situations — and you'll find fresh real-world examples that show you how to maximize your returns.

  • Stock investing 101 — understand stock value, assess your finances, set your investing goals, and know your investing style
  • Risky business — get the 4-1-1 on risk, and understand how you can plan around it to keep your money growing
  • The more you know — discover how to stay on top of financial news, read stock tables, and work with brokers to become a more knowledgeable investor
  • Before you buy — find out how to evaluate a company's financial health; brush up on emerging sectors, industries, and megatrends; and understand the effects of politics on stocks
  • Use smart stock strategy — find tips and tactics for using brokerage orders, trying trade triggers, keeping the taxman at bay, and more

Open the book and find:

  • Tips on how to take stock of your current financial situation and goals
  • Common approaches to stock investing
  • Pointers for adding exchange-traded funds to your investing mix
  • Basic accounting methods for choosing winning stocks
  • Information on investing tactics such as brokerage orders and trade triggers
  • Considerations for when your stock portfolio is down
  • The latest resources for stock investors

Paul Mladjenovic is a Certified Financial Planner and national speaker on investing and financial matters. He is the owner of PM Financial Services and; he is also the author of Precious Metals Investing For Dummies.

Introduction  1

Part I: The Essentials of Stock Investing  9

Chapter 1: Surveying the World of Stock Investing 11

Chapter 2: Taking Stock of Your Current Financial Situation and Goals 17

Chapter 3: Defi ning Common Approaches to Stock Investing 35

Chapter 4: Recognizing Risk and Volatility 45

Chapter 5: Stock Investing through Exchange-Traded Funds 63

Part II: Before You Start Buying  71

Chapter 6: Gathering Information 73

Chapter 7: Going for Brokers 93

Chapter 8: Investing for Long-Term Growth 105

Chapter 9: Investing for Income 119

Chapter 10: Understanding Technical Analysis for Stock Investors 133

Part III: Picking Winners  151

Chapter 11: Using Basic Accounting to Choose Winning Stocks 153

Chapter 12: Decoding Company Documents 171

Chapter 13: Emerging Sector and Industry Opportunities 183

Chapter 14: Investing with Megatrends 193

Chapter 15: The Big Economic and Political Picture207

Part IV: Investment Strategies and Tactics  219

Chapter 16: Choosing among Investing, Trading, and Speculating 221

Chapter 17: Understanding Brokerage Orders and Trading Techniques 233

Chapter 18: Using Trade Triggers and Advanced Conditional Orders 249

Chapter 19: Getting a Handle on DPPs, DRPs, and DCA    PDQ 257

Chapter 20: Corporate and Government Skullduggery: Looking at Insider Activity 267

Chapter 21: Keeping More of Your Money from the Taxman 279

Part V: The Part of Tens  291

Chapter 22: Ten Considerations When Your Stock Portfolio Is Down 293

Chapter 23: Ten Considerations When Your Stock Portfolio Is Up 299

Chapter 24: Ten Challenges and Opportunities for Stock Investors 305

Chapter 25: Ten Great Strategies That Go Well with Stocks 311

Part VI: Appendixes  317

Appendix A: Resources for Stock Investors 319

Appendix B: Financial Ratios 335

Index  345