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How to Start an Investment Program



This tutorial explains in detail how to get started in mutual funds, index funds, finding a brokerage house, learn how to select stocks, and invest into value and growth stocks.

-Introduction
This is the starting place. In this chapter, you will be introduced to a systematic step-by-step method to help you understand the basics of stock market investing. This is an area for novice ...
-Planning A Personal Investment Program
Is Now The time To Begin? Before you buy a single share of stock or invest in your first mutual fund, there are several things you should consider. The first ...
-Personal Investment Program: Basic Insurance Protection
The first thing the most basic personal finance book will suggest is to have adequate insurance. This may be in the form of life insurance protection if you are the primary breadwinner in the ...
-Personal Investment Program: Eliminate Credit Card Debt
Next on the priority list is to pay off all high interest rate credit cards and set up an emergency cash reserve fund. Believe me, you will never see your net worth increase as long as your ...
-Personal Investment Program: Take Care of Personal Needs
Lastly, don't invest money in the stock market unless your personal needs have been met. If you're saving money to put down on a home or to purchase your first practice, the stock market is ...
-Personal Investment Program: Reasonable Investment Expectations
If you're at a point in life where you can begin to put some money away, investing can be an extremely rewarding experience, fiscally and psychologically, or a disappointing and frustrating ...
-Measuring Your Investing Success
In college, you knew you had to have a decent grade point average to apply to school. I bet that after every semester, you probably got out the calculator and refigured your g.p.a. to see if you ...
-Measuring Your Investing Success: What Are The Standards?
Let's discuss how to measure your results and how to set reasonable expectations. The first thing to know is the standard. The two most popular baselines for measuring equity (stock) performance ...
-Starting Out In Index Funds
In the last few years, Index Funds have become an extremely popular method of investing in the stock market. The reason is simple. Since the early 1980's, investing in an unmanaged fund of ...
-Index Funds: Saving Versus Investing
I'm sure there are many of you out there who don't have the time or the inclination to research individual stocks and are unsure about the right mutual fund. Still, you want to put your extra ...
-Where To Find An Index Fund
Many of the large mutual fund families offer Index Funds. To date, the most popular one is the Vanguard Index 500 that has had a great four year run. From 1995 through 1998, the fund had a ...
-Opening A Brokerage Account
The Choices Are Many If you want to begin investing your money in the stock market, whether through mutual funds or by purchasing individual stocks, you will need to open a brokerage ...
-Opening A Brokerage Account: Non-traditional Brokerage Houses
There are several other avenues for buying securities that I will mention briefly. Some banks and some insurance companies have departments that handle securities trading. This may become more ...
-Opening A Brokerage Account: Important Considerations
There are several things to consider when deciding where to open your account. First, ask yourself if you feel you have the experience and confidence to go it alone. I admit I spent some time ...
-Mutual Funds Offer Choices
In the chapter on Index Funds, I discussed how you could match the performance of the SP index by simply putting your money in a mutual fund ...
-Types of Mutual Funds
Before you turn your money over to a mutual fund company to invest, you should have some idea of the type of fund you want to invest in. These days, the choices have become increasingly complex ...
-Mutual Fund Companies
Now a few words about mutual fund companies. As mentioned before, there are a lot of them to chose from, and most of the larger ones have all of the types of funds discussed above. Fidelity, ...
-Developing A Method Of Stock Selection
In the previous chapters on Index Funds and Mutual Funds, you were presented with two simple approaches ...
-Stock Selection Method: Choose From Among the "Dow Dogs"
The Dow Dog strategy of building a stock portfolio is also known as the Dow Dividend Approach. This theory, popularized by John Downes some twenty years ago, identifies those companies ...
-Stock Selection Method: O.K., So What Do I Do?
The first step to this very simple method is to get your list of the 30 Dow stocks and identify the ten with the highest annual dividend yield. The yield of a stock is determined by dividing the ...
-Stock Selection Method: Does This Method Really Work?
The theory behind this method is that the ten dog stocks are currently out of favor, but will rebound in the coming year. The evidence for ...
-Where To Find Investment Information
In the previous sections discussing Index Funds, Mutual Funds, and the ...
-Where to Find Investment Information: How To Obtain CompanyInformation
If you have an account set up with a full service brokerage house, you are already paying for company information every time you buy and sell a stock. Your commissions are considerably higher ...
-Where to Find Investment Information: The Annual Report
When you receive an annual report, the first things you will notice are the glossy pages, full color photos of smiling executives and happy workers, and lots of pie graphs and bar charts. ...
-Where to Find Investment Information: The 10-K And 10-QReport
Companies that sell stock to the public are required by the Securities and Exchange Commission to file financial reports yearly and quarterly. The 10-K Report is submitted annually while the 10-Q ...
-Where to Find Investment Information: Press Releases
Press Releases are public announcements by a company of notable current events that can affect the company's performance. Reasons for issuing press releases may include the acquisition of a ...
-Where to Find Investment Information: Analyst Reports
Another source of valuable information to help you in your stock selection is to acquire and read the company report by a professional analyst. These researchers provide the clues to assist ...
-How To Find Value In Growth Stocks
If you have decided that you would like to try your hand at individually picking stocks and managing your own portfolio, I encourage you to read this section. Here, the focus will be on developing ...
-Basic Indicators of Value
The first step in determining if a stock is fairly priced is to understand the rationale for pursuing this information. To put it simply: you don't want to pay more for a stock than it is worth ...
-How To Find Value In Growth Stocks: The Price/Earnings Ratio
Better known as the P/E, this ratio between the stock price and the earnings of the company is a useful measure of whether a stock is underpriced, overpriced, or fairly priced. The way ...
-How To Find Value In Growth Stocks: More On Earnings
In dealing with small, growth oriented companies, remember this important point: the price of the stock generally follows earnings up or down. It's much the same as if you were going to buy a ...
-How To Find Value In Growth Stocks: The Growth Rate
In tandem with the P/E ratio, the growth rate of a company provides a very useful measure to determine the value of a company's stock. There is a simple rule of thumb to follow: the P/E ratio of a ...
-Original "Dow Dogs" For 1999
SBC COMMUNICATIONS (SBC) EASTMAN KODAK (EK) DuPONT (DD) EXXON (XON) GENERAL MOTORS (GM) INTERNATIONAL PAPER (IP) J.P. MORGAN (JPM) MINNESOTA MIN'G/...
-Dow Jones Industrial Average
Component Stocks: ATT (T) AlliedSignal (ALD) Alcoa (AA) American Express (AXP) Boeing (BA) Caterpillar (CAT) Citigroup (C) Coca-...









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