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How Do the Stock and Bond Markets Affect Each Other?

How Do the Stock and Bond Markets Affect Each Other?

Stocks and bonds are constantly competing for investors’ dollars, and the stock and bond markets can impact each other in complex ways. Understanding the difference between stocks and bonds, and recognizing whether they are likely to move in tandem or in opposite...

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Types of ETFs and How to Trade Them

Types of ETFs and How to Trade Them

Introduction To ETFs Exchange-traded funds (ETFs) are similar to mutual funds in that they represent a portfolio of stocks and other securities. ETFs have become popular because unlike mutual funds, they can be traded on an exchange just like individual stocks and...

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How A Company Share Structure Impacts Stock Price

How A Company Share Structure Impacts Stock Price

While it often doesn’t come up in determining whether or not to buy shares of a company, not all shares are made the same. A company’s share structure describes not only how many shares a company is divided into, but also the various types of shares that the company...

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Understanding Secondary Offerings

Understanding Secondary Offerings

An offering occurs when a company makes a public sale of stocks, bonds, or another security. While the term offering is typically used in reference to initial public offerings (IPOs), companies can also make secondary offerings after their IPOs in order to raise...

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Understanding Time Decay – What You Should Know

Understanding Time Decay – What You Should Know

Time Decay As an option approaches its expiration date, there is less time to realize a profit – or additional profit – before the option expires. As a result, options lose value as they get closer to their expiration dates. This is known as time decay. Time decay can...

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Why Serious Day Traders Need A Specialized Broker

Why Serious Day Traders Need A Specialized Broker

The types of brokers that cater to day traders are very different than the types of brokers that many retail traders normally think of. Whereas retail investors are normally making long-term investments, day traders are starting and ending the day with no open...

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How Dividends Affect Stock Prices – A Deeper Look

How Dividends Affect Stock Prices – A Deeper Look

Dividends add value to a stock by offering investors a cash or stock payout simply for holding shares. Dividends are especially popular among long-term value investors since they provide a relatively stable income source, but they can also increase the value of stocks...

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Economic Factors That Can Impact the Stock Market

Economic Factors That Can Impact the Stock Market

Broad economic factors routinely have a jolting influence on the stock market, forcing traders to react both quickly and over time to adjust to new market conditions. Understanding the types of economic factors that affect the market and how they influence it can go a...

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Stock Trading vs. Forex Trading

Stock Trading vs. Forex Trading

Stock trading and foreign exchange, or “forex” trading, are similar in that they depend on taking advantage of constantly changing prices – but that’s where the similarities largely end. Understanding the differences between forex and stock trading can help you to...

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