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Everybody talks about it—how much you can save , and earn, when you start an online investment program. If you’ve decided you’re ready to find out what all the excitement’s about, you’re in luck. Investing Online For Dummies
has been completely revised and updated with the latest tools, Web sites, rule changes, and tips that can make online investing easy and profitable.
To be a successful online investor, you need to know your way around the Web and you also need to understand something about investments. Investing Online For Dummies can help you make sound financial decisions by:
- Outlining basic investment fundamentals
- Explaining how stock options work and helping you determine the value of your employee stock option plan
- Pointing out costly traps and ways to avoid them
- Directing you to resources that provide information you need and helping you make sense of it
- Showing you how to use the Internet to become a savvy investor
This 5th edition of Investing Online For Dummies provides clear instructions and ample illustrations, taking you from the basics of online investing to making your own online stock transactions to purchasing bonds online. A few of the things you’ll discover:
- What’s important in an online brokerage and how to locate one that meets your needs
- How to find Internet resources that help you select mutual funds
- How to use stock online screens to find investment candidates that will move you toward your financial goals
- Where to look for direct stock purchase and ShareBuilder plans that let you invest online for as little as $25 a month
- How Internet tools can help you analyze and choose stocks and bonds
- The secrets to paying the lowest commissions when trading online
There’s so much information available on the Internet that you can easily feel overwhelmed. Investing Online For Dummies leads you through that maze, showing you how to get started, what you really need to know, where to go online to find it, and how to get the process underway. When it comes to choosing which cruise to take to celebrate your success, however, you’re on your own!
* With almost 30 percent new content, this book covers robust online valuation and expense tools, complete coverage of new SEC regulations and how they can affect investor profits, evaluation of stock picker Web sites and stock picking communities, and new tools for analyzing mutual funds
* The newest edition reflects the latest changes and improvements to online investing Web sites
* Addresses building an online information system, setting up a basic investment strategy, determining how much to invest, selecting an online broker and trading online, finding the right investments, performing Internet transactions securely, saving on commissions, managing a portfolio, and more
Get up to speed with new strategies, tools, and resources
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Whether you've invested online before or you're planning to start, this plain-English guide will steer you around the jargon and past the pitfalls. Uncover the best investing resources online, find out if you're earning enough to offset risks, and use online tools to see whether replacing assets in your portfolio will cost you at tax time.
Discover how to
- Build an online investment information system
- Analyze and choose stocks and bonds
- Find appropriate investments
- Track your portfolio
- Avoid costly traps and unnecessary risks
Investors are becoming a lot more independent these days. With the stock market sinking and soaring from day to day, retirement plans becoming less certain, and a longer life expectancy in retirement, more people are looking for some control over their investments. If you’re one of them, Investing Online For Dummies, 6th Edition
might be just what you’re looking for.
The Internet brings a world of investment resources to your desktop, but how do you find your way through the dizzying array of investment possibilities? The Dummies Way, of course! This book helps you set reasonable expectations, assess your risk tolerance, choose an asset allocation, analyze and select investments, and maximize your financial success. You’ll discover how to
- Determine how much you can afford to invest
- Choose an online broker
- Research, trade, and track investments online
- Measure the potential return of a stock
- Maximize your investment knowledge and build a profitable portfolio
- Buy bonds online
- Understand options, commodities, and IPOs
If you’ve decided to take control of your investments but don’t want to make it your full-time job, Investing Online For Dummies, 6th Editiongives you the important information that will also give you confidence. Completely updated to cover all the new online tools and resources, it even provides some bonus assistance on the companion Web site.
About the Author
Matt Krantzis a financial writer and reporter who covers investments and financial markets for USA TODAY. He also answers a different reader question every weekday in his Ask Mattcolumn at USATODAY.com.
Table of Contents
Part I: Online Investing Fundamentals.
Chapter 1: Finding Investor Stuff on the Net.
Chapter 2: No Experience Required: Getting Started with Online Investing.
Chapter 3: Making Your Money Work Harder.
Chapter 4: Selecting an Online Broker That’s Right for You.
Chapter 5: Getting Ahold of Trading Online.
Part II: Finding the Right Investments.
Chapter 6: The Keys to Successful Internet Mutual Fund Investing.
Chapter 7: Online Analysis, Buying, and Selling of Mutual Funds.
Chapter 8: The Basics of Stocks and Rates of Return.
Chapter 9: Internet Stock Screening.
Chapter 10: Using Company Information to Make Investment Decisions.
Chapter 11: Digging Deeper: Advanced Stock Analysis.
Chapter 12: Going with Fixed-Income Securities: Which Type of Bond Is for You?
Chapter 13: Valuing, Buying, and Selling Bonds Online.
Part III: Expanding Your Investment Opportunities.
Chapter 14: Going International Online.
Chapter 15: Looking for the Next Big Thing: IPOs, DPOs, and DRIPs.
Chapter 16: Taking the Option: Alternative Investing.
Chapter 17: The Internet and Managing Your Portfolio.
Part IV: The Part of Tens.
Chapter 18: Ten Warnings About Cyberfraud.
Chapter 19: Ten Important Selling Points.
Chapter 20: Ten Green Flags for Buying.