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Overview

Investor's Internet directory inside!

The bottom line for building wealth online

Whether you log on to beef up your portfolio or to plan your retirment, turn to the updated edition of this savvy guide for the real scoop on the world of online investing. Full of helpful tips and straightforward advice, this book is your ticket to sound and lucrative investing.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781894413350
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/3/2002
  • Series: For Dummies Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 308
  • Product dimensions: 7.09 (w) x 7.87 (h) x 1.57 (d)

Meet the Author

Andrew Dagys, CMA, is the principal of Treetop Investment Advisors, which provides strategy and advice to investors. He has authored books on investing, financial planning, and the Internet. Kathleen Sindell, PhD, an expert on electronic commerce, is an adjunct faculty member of the Johns Hopkins University MBA program.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Who Are You?
About This Book How to Use This Book How This Book Is Organized Part I: Online Investing Fundamentals Part II: Finding the Right Investments Part III: Tools of the Online Investing Trade Part IV: Trading and Tracking Online Part V: The Part of Tens Special Features What's in Store Technical Requirements Icons Used in This Book Feedback, Please

Part I: Online Investing Fundamentals

Chapter 1: Why Look to the Internet for Investment Information?
Can You Ear Big Bucks by Investing on the Internet?
Picking a Winning Investment Online What Can Investors Find on the Net?
Where Should You Start?

  • FAQs sources
  • Glossaries
Chapter 2: Internet, Here I Come
The Right Stuff: Hardware and Software The Connection
  • Plain-vanilla connections
  • DSL
  • Cable modems
  • ISDN Using FTP to Get Investment Information Online
  • Silly FTP tricks
  • The URL of FTP ftp://ftp.microsoft.com/
  • Decompressing and unzipping
  • Running WinZip
  • Unzip it!
  • Mac users say StuffIt

Chapter 3: Investing Basics
Equity Investing and Risk

  • Understanding risk
  • Types of risk Planning Your Investment Portfolio Defining Your Investment Objectives Diversifying Your Investments Determining How Much You Can Invest
  • Using the Internet to control your finances
  • Using the Internet to get investment advice and to access government program information Investing in Securities that Meet Your Goals Checking Out What the Experts Are Doing Tracking and Measuring Your Success Bulletproof Investing

Chapter 4: Fixed-Income Investments
Saving for that Rainy Day

  • Managing your bank accounts
  • Why Canadians bank on the Web
  • Comparing accounts
  • PC versus Internet banking
  • Should you switch banks?
    Term Deposits Guaranteed Investment Certificates (GICs)
  • Index-linked GICs
  • More like saving than investing Treasury Bills Savings Bonds Government Bonds Strip Bonds Corporate Bonds Where to Go for Canadian Bond and T-bill Information Commercial Paper and Bankers' Acceptance

Chapter 5: The Basics of Stocks
Taking Stock of Yourself Understanding Stocks Types of Stocks

  • Common stocks
  • Preferred stocks
  • Stock rights and warrants Picking the Right Stock for the Right Goal How to Read a Stock Chart or Table Finding Ticker Symbols and Stock Prices Online What Does the TSE 300 Have to Do with Anything?
    Valuing Stocks
  • Valuation model input and results
  • Double-checking your Internet-derived valuations Options, Options
  • Buying 'em
  • Selling 'em
  • The big picture How the Web Can Give You More Options

Chapter 6: What's So Great about Mutual Funds?
Mutual Fund Mania Mutual Fund Basics

  • Open-end and closed-end mutual funds
  • Minimizing fees Rating Mutual Funds
  • A fund for you, a fund for me
  • Locating and reading the prospectus Finding Mutual Fund Information on the Internet Canadian Mutual Fund Companies More Mutual Fund Information
  • Understanding the real cost of sales fees
  • Opening a mutual fund account Starting Your Mutual Fund Account with as Little as $25
    The Winning Ways of Segregated Funds Exchange-traded Funds: The ABCs to XYZs
  • What are ETFs?
  • Exactly what do ETFs do?
  • Choices, choices
  • Itsy, bitsy spiders
  • Performance: The proof is in the pudding Wrap Accounts
  • Traditional wrap accounts and mutual fund wrap accounts
  • Tell me more

Part II: Finding the Right Investments

Chapter 7: Checking Out Fixed-Income Investments
Using the Internet to Find New Bond Offerings Finding Bond Indexes and Historical Data Online Risk and Stability How Small Investors Can Make Money with Fixed-income

  • Investments and Bonds The Basic Types of Government Bonds
  • Treasury bills
  • Canada Savings Bonds: The easiest way to save
  • Federal government agency bonds
  • Municipal bonds Floating with Corporate Bonds More Internet Resources for Selecting Bonds Two Alternative Types of Bonds

Chapter 8: Taking Stock of Companies
Finding Financial Statements Online

  • Accessing Web sites that specialize in annual reports
  • Using a search engine or special directory to find an annual report
  • Finding annual reports online: Investor supersites
  • Researching and downloading SEDAR submissions Analyzing a Financial Statement Dissecting an Annual Report
  • Reading the letter to the shareholders
  • Examining the company overview
  • Making sense of the multi-year figures, charts, and graphs of operations
  • Scrutinizing the auditor's report
  • Examining financial statements and notes
  • Investigating the stock price history Using Prepared Online Ratio Analyses

Chapter 9: Digging Deep: Researching Investments
Exercising Due Diligence Conquering Uncertainty with Precise Online Research

  • Gaining new investor insights with breaking news
  • Locating company profiles and related data
  • Checking out analyst evaluations
  • Tracking down earnings estimates
  • Researching historical performance Researching Industries
  • Finding industry and statistical information
  • Gathering economic and related data
  • Collecting market information The Price Is Right— with Research
  • Getting down to fundamentals
  • Getting technical

Chapter 10: Online Research and Analysis of Mutual Funds
Going Online with Mutual Funds Finding the Right Mix of Investments Matching Mutual Funds to Your Financial Objectives Using the Internet to Help You Choose the Best Funds in Each Class

  • A mutual fund checklist
  • Evaluating mutual fund performance The Ratings War Finding Facts and Figures Online

Chapter 11: Online Advice and Discussion about Investing
Traditional Media on the Net

  • Newspapers on the Web
  • Online investment magazines and tabloids
  • TV shows on the Web
  • Online newsletter advice Direct E-Mail Advice Discussion Forums
  • Web-based bulletin boards
  • Internet chat
  • Instant messaging
  • Usenet newsgroups
  • Mailing lists

Part III: Tools of the Online Investing Trade

Chapter 12: Internet Stock Screening
Finding the Best Stock Electronically

  • Choosing the criteria for your first stock screen
  • Fine-tuning your stock screen
  • Using your stock screen results
  • Important rations for screening stocks Using Online Stock Screens Using Stock Screening Software Using Those Terrific Prebuilt Stock Screens Determining Your Own Investment Criteria for Stock Screens
  • Screening for growth stocks
  • Screening for income stocks
  • Screening for value stocks Screening for Investment Bargains
  • Stocks selling below book value
  • Stocks selling below liquidation value
  • Stocks with low P/E ratios
  • Companies reporting deficits
  • Prospective turnaround candidates

Chapter 13: Valuing Bonds Online
Treasury Securities and You

  • Online sources for more information The Math of Bonds
  • Calculating bond values
  • Creating yield curves
  • The easy way to value your bond returns More Online Bond News, Rates of Return, and Advice Where to Buy Bonds
  • How to buy 'em
  • Rolling over, cashing in, or selling your treasury securities

Chapter 14: Valuing, Screening, Buying, and Selling Mutual Funds
What Am I Screening?
How to Screen Mutual Funds Online Buying Mutual Funds Online: No Broker Needed Buying Mutual Funds Online: Using an Electronic Broker The Right Time to Sell Your Mutual Funds

Part IV: Trading and Tracking Online

Chapter 15: Brokers and Online Trading
Finding a Brokerage Firm Caveats about Using U.S. Online Brokers Checking Out Prospective Brokers Getting Online Trading Services for Less

  • Trading online at a discount
  • Finding online brokers with no or low initial account minimums Checking Out Special Features How to Open Your Online Brokerage Account Increasing Profits with Simple Order Specification Techniques The Dangers of Day Trading
  • What is day trading?
  • Spotting the signals for day trading Having What It Takes to Be a Day Trader Gearing Up for Day Trading
  • Getting ready (to day trade)
  • Making the investment decision

Chapter 16: Tracking and Monitoring Your Portfolio
Why Manage Your Investments?
Tracking the Right Information Your Portfolio Management Options Using Web-Based Portfolio Management Programs

  • CANOE Money
  • CBS MarketWatch
  • Globe Portfolio
  • National Post Online
  • Quicken Power Portfolio
  • Reuters Money Network
  • Stockpoint
  • Thomson Investors Network
  • My Yahoo!
  • Zacks Investment Research Using PC-based Portfolio Management Software
  • Personal finance programs
  • Portfolio management programs Using Online Brokerage-based Portfolio Tracking Keeping the Winners and Selling the Losers: Measuring Performance

Chapter 17: Avoiding Online Fraud
Canadian Watchdogs Complaints, Complaints Don't Believe Everything You Read If an Offer Seems Too Good to Be True, It Usually Is Check It Out Before You Put Your Money Down What Real Financial Disclosures Include Telltale Signs of Dishonest Brokers Your Bank Account Number, Security, and the Internet

Part V: The Part of Tens
Chapter 18: Ten Common Misconceptions about Online Investing Chapter 19: Ten Green Flags for Buying Chapter 20: Ten Signals to Sell Chapter 21: Ten Tips for Planning Your Retirement Online Chapter 22: Ten Ways to Make Tax Time Easier

The Investing Online for Canadians For Dummies, 2nd Edition Internet Directory

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