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Overview

All the essentials for smart investing, including the latest on online trading and key trends.

With the proliferation of 401(k) plans and the lure of electronic trading, more Americans than ever are becoming investors. The NYIF Guide to Investing provides the nuts-and-bolts facts and guidance for becoming a successful investor. Beginning with the basic concepts of investing, it covers the terminology, the diverse vehicles, the proven strategies, the available resources, and the potential pitfalls. Michael Steinberg, a veteran investment adviser, puts the tools and the talk of the Street in plain English, making stocks and other options easy to understand and evaluate. This revised edition also features new information on all the latest changes and possibilities in financial markets, including an in-depth look at the role of the computer for investors.

Comprehensive, thorough, and reliable, NYIF Guide To Investing includes: Guidelines for determining individual investment goals--and the best strategies to meet them The nuts-and-bolts of stock selection through both fundamental and technical analysis In-depth coverage of the vast and growing mutual funds market Practical pointers on choosing an investment adviser--and a clear look at online brokers What every investor should know about their rights, as well as their responsibilities With a personal financial worksheet and helpful charts and graphics, NYIF Guide To Investing gives new and aspiring investors a solid foundation for long-term success, and provides entry-level professionals and students of finance with a valuable primer and reference.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780735201170
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2000
  • Edition description: 3RD
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 5.96 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Table of Contents

1. Determine your investment goals, 1
Investment preparation, 1
First things first, 5
Your financial profile, 7
Your psychological profile, 8
Understanding investment risk, 11
Budgeting, 12
Tax planning, 14
2. What is a stock, 18
Types of business organizations, 19
Capitalization of corporations, 21
The process of going public, 23
How do you go about investing, 26
Reading stock tables in the financial news, 31
3. There's more than one way to invest, 38
Corporate bonds, 38
Reading corporate bond tables in the financial news, 46
U.S. government-issued securities, 49
Municipal bonds, 51
U.S, government sponsored securities, 53
Mortgage backed securities, 55
Options and other derivatives, 58
Commodities/Futures, 60
Savings accounts, 62
Insurance, 63
Real estate, 63
Collectibles, 64
Precious metals, 65
4. Mutual funds, 67
Selecting a mutual fund, 67
Which funds are best for you, 74
Reading mutual fund tables, 74
Pros and cons, 80
Index funds, 81
5. There's more than one market, 84
Wall street, where it all began, 84
The New York Stock exchange, 85
The American stock exchange, 90
Regional stock exchanges, 91
The over the counter market, 91
The Chicago board options exchange, 94
Futures exchanges, 95
6. Implementing your investment goals, 98
Investment objectives, 99
The risk/reward ratio, 101
Leverage, 102
Market averages, 108
What causes market movements, 110
Choosing your investments, 112
7. The brokerage firm and you, 117
What the brokerage firm does for the investor, 117
What the stockbroker does for you, 120
Full-service and discountfirms, 122
Your relationship with your account executive, 128
8. Opening an account, 134
Choosing a brokerage firm, 134
Choosing an account executive, 136
Types of accounts, 139
9. The mechanics of trading, 153
How an order is executed, 153
Units of trading, 155
Types of orders, 155
Special instructions, 156
Selling short, 156
Dividends, 157
Accrued interest, 159
Your monthly statement, 159
10. Fundamental analysis, 162
Defining a "sound investment", 162
Fundamental vs. technical analysis, 164
The basics, 165
Value vs. growth, 180
Ownership: The missing link, 183
Conclusion, 190
11. Technical analysis, 192
Basic concepts of technical trading, 192
Bar charts, 194
Trade and trend lines, 194
Channel lines, 198
Retracement, 200
Price gaps, 201
Island reversal, 203
Resistance and support, 203
Price patterns, 205
Blowoffs and selling climaxes, 210
Moving averages, 211
Oscillators, 211
Point-and-figure charts, 213
Box size, 213
The horizontal count, 217
Point and figure price patterns, 217
Using long term charts, 217
Confirmation and divergence, 217
Sentiment indicators, 219
Conclusion, 221
12. Your rights as an investor, 223
Shareholder rights, 224
Protecting yourself against fraud, 229
Preventing and correcting errors, 232
Where to turn for help, 235
How to recover your money, 236
Final comments, 240
13. Computers and the internet, 241
Computer efficiency, 242
The internet as an investment tools, 243
Trading on the internet, 244
Internet stocks as investments, 245
Day trading, 248
Glossary, 251
Appendix 1: Recommended reading, 277
Appendix 2: Sources for additional information on brokerage firms, 279
Appendix 3: Recommended websites, 283
Index, 289
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