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Stock Investing For Dummies, 4th Edition

ISBN: 978-1-118-37678-2
384 pages
January 2013
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The fast and easy way to grow your stock investments in today's changing market

The changes, events and conditions affecting stock investors since the recent economic crisis have been dramatic. Today's economic and financial landscape offers new challenges and opportunities for investors and money managers. This new edition of Stock Investing For Dummies provides you with the information you need to protect and grow your stock investments in today's changing market.

Stock Investing For Dummies contains 25 percent new and revised material designed to help investors navigate an ever-changing stock market with: information on ETFs, a safer way to be more diversified in the stock market; new rules, exchanges, and investment vehicles; the latest on the European debt crisis; and much more.

  • Explores how technological changes mean new products, services, and ways of doing business
  • Shows you how to use the latest research and information available
  • Covers how (and why) to protect yourself

Stock Investing For Dummies is for anyone new to investing in the stock market who is looking for a trusted, comprehensive reference to make sure their investments grow.

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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

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

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