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What Do Stock Analyst Ratings Mean? Buy, Sell, Hold, and More

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Stock analysts use many different words to describe their ratings. They commonly use the terms buy, sell, or hold, which are easy to understand. But other analysts use more confusing terms like strong buy, outperform, overweight, underperform, underweight, and several others. This article explains what all the different ratings mean … [Read more…]

How Often Do Stocks Pay Dividends? And When?

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Dividends are one of the best things about investing. You get paid regularly simply for owning stocks, which you can use to buy even more stocks so that your wealth grows over time. Some investors also like to use their dividends for passive income, especially after they retire. How often … [Read more…]

How to Buy Stocks Online: 3 Simple Steps

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It is incredibly easy to buy stocks on the internet these days. No matter which country you live in, you can easily buy stocks in all of the world’s biggest stock markets — including the US. Here are the 3 simple steps to buy stocks online. 1. Open an account … [Read more…]

What’s The Best S&P500 ETF? SPY vs VOO vs IVV

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According to the latest stats, 92% of professional fund managers are unable to beat the market. In this case, “the market” refers to the S&P500 — an index of 500 large publically traded companies in the US. This means that even most professional stock pickers are unable to get higher … [Read more…]

5 Ways That Stock Buybacks Can be Bad

Stock buybacks are the preferred method of many companies to return money to shareholders. This involves the companies buying back their own shares on the open market, then effectively destroying the shares. When done right, this is good for investors as it reduces the number of outstanding shares and raises … [Read more…]

Why Stock Buybacks Are Good for Investors

There has been a lot of controversy about stock buybacks in recent years. Some of the criticism is valid, but a lot of it seems to be based on a basic misunderstanding of what stock buybacks are and how they work. A stock buyback involves a company buying its own … [Read more…]

My 5 Best Stock Picks for 2019

Many great stocks that used to be overvalued are now reasonably priced at the start of 2019. This is largely due to the brutal stock market correction in the fourth quarter of 2018. Stocks have now recovered about half of their losses, but are still about 10% away from the … [Read more…]