Stock Investing for DummiesŪ

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  • Edition: 4th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2013-01-29
  • Publisher: For Dummies
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Stock Investing For Dummies, 4th Edition contains 25 percent new and revised material designed to keep this title competitive as the stock market prepares to go through a series of changes. It includes: A new chapter on ETFs, a safer way to be more diversified in the stock market. New rules, new exchanges, new investment vehicles-the 4th edition fills in the "new blanks" and helps stock investors avoid new pitfalls while profiting from new strategies. The European debt crisis (and others) is a long-term problem that will impact the stock market for years. The 4th edition of Stock Investing For Dummies shows investors why and how to protect themselves. Technological changes mean new products, services and ways of doing business. There are also new research and information sources available. The 4th edition provides insight to stock investors looking at these profitable opportunities. Politics have a definite impact on the economy and financial markets. Stock investors need to get the early warnings so that they can be on the right side of their investments.

Author Biography

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.

Table of Contents

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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