Teach Yourself VISUALLY Investing Online

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The first-ever full-color guide to online investing! Written by a senior editor at Fortune, this authoritative book is perfect for people who want make the most of online investing, but prefer a visual approach to learning. More and more people are investing online, and this book will guide you step-by-step through the process. It includes:

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Overview

The first-ever full-color guide to online investing! Written by a senior editor at Fortune, this authoritative book is perfect for people who want make the most of online investing, but prefer a visual approach to learning. More and more people are investing online, and this book will guide you step-by-step through the process. It includes:

  • Basic advice on financial planning
  • Sophisticated tips on research, financial software, stocks, bonds, and brokerages
  • Illuminating coverage of day trading
  • Full-color interior
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764534591
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/1/2000
  • Series: Idg Teach Yourself Series
  • Pages: 289
  • Product dimensions: 8.04 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.77 (d)

Meet the Author

Fran Hawthorne

FRAN HAWTHORNE is Senior Contributing Editor of Institutional Investor and has connections deep within the business and finance communities. Hawthorne has been covering health care and business for more than twenty years for Fortune, Crain's New York Business, and other publications, and she now writes regularly for such newspapers and magazines as the New York Times, Worth, and Self. She is the author of The Merck Druggernaut, which is also published by Wiley.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Taking Your Investments Online
Understand How Online Investing Works 4
Keep Your Secrets Safe 6
Explore the Advantages of Investing Online 8
Explore the Disadvantages of Investing Online 10
Are You Ready for Investing Online? 12
Access the Net: Using an Internet Service Provider 14
Access the Net with a Web Browser 16
Using a Web Browser 18
Using a Search Engine 20
Using a Portal 22
Get Your Feet Wet 26
Chapter 2 Drawing Your Financial Portrait
Assess Where You're Starting From 30
Set Your Financial Goals 34
Understand the Basics of Investment 36
Explore the Different Types of Investments 40
Match Your Investments to Your Goal 42
Find a Comfortable Level of Risk 44
Determine Your Asset Allocation 48
Avoid Common Emotional Pitfalls: Do You Look Like This? 50
Chapter 3 Choosing an Online Broker
Compare Various Types of Brokers 54
Consider Your Broker's Reliability 56
Calculate What Your Broker Charges 58
Find Out What Services Your Broker Provides 60
Check Out Sample Brokers' Services 62
Compare Brokers' Speeds 64
Compare Brokers' Perks 66
Consider the Size of the Brokerage 68
Match Your Objectives to Your Broker 69
Chapter 4 Trading Stocks Online
Understand How the Stock Market Works 72
Distinguish between Different Types of Stocks 74
Owning versus Managing 76
Try to Beat the Market 77
Find Out a Stock Price 78
Get Some Basic Information about a Company 80
See How a Stock Has Performed over Time 84
Discover What the Experts Think about a Stock 86
Find Out about a Company's Finances by Checking Its Government Documents 88
Catch Up with the News about the Markets 92
Search for Stocks That Meet Your Ethical Standards 96
Discover Which New Companies Are Hitting the Market 98
Set Up an Online Account 102
Buy a Stock Online 106
Chapter 5 Trading Bonds Online
Understand How Bonds Work 110
Distinguish between the Types of Bonds and Other Fixed-Income Securities 112
Find Out Treasury Bill Prices 114
Find Out the Latest Prices of Municipal Bonds 116
See What's Available in the Corporate Market 118
Buy Bonds Online 120
Chapter 6 Trading Mutual Funds Online
Understand How Mutual Funds Work 124
Distinguish between Different Types of Mutual Funds 126
See What Kinds of Funds Are Available 128
Find Out Details about a Fund 132
Find Out Which Funds Have Performed Best 134
Buy Mutual Fund Shares Online 138
Transfer Money between Mutual Funds 142
Chapter 7 Buying Real Estate Online
Buy Real Estate as an Investment 146
Select a Neighborhood 148
Find a House in the Neighborhood You Want 152
Discover What Mortgages Are Available Online 156
Prequalify and Apply for a Mortgage Online 158
Chapter 8 Other Online Investing
Distinguish between Various Types of Investments 164
Browse the Market for Art and Collectibles 166
Register for Online Auctions 168
Buy Artwork Online 172
Check Out Gold and Precious Metal Prices 174
Research Insurance Online 176
Chapter 9 Banking Online
Understand How Bank Accounts Work 180
Decide to Bank Online 182
Open an Online Account and Sign On 184
Find Out Your Account Balance 188
Transfer Money between Accounts 190
Stop Payment on a Check 194
Set Up Automatic Payments for Recurring Bills 196
Pay One-Time Bills and Recurring Bills That Vary 198
Delete a Payee 202
Change a Payment 204
Cancel a Payment 206
View Your Bill Payment Record 207
Fix a Problem with a Bill 208
Apply for a Credit Card 210
Chapter 10 Planning for Retirement Online
Prepare for Retirement by Using a Typical Online Planner 214
Adjust Your Saving and Spending Patterns 222
Factor Uncertainty into Your Retirement Planning 224
Chapter 11 Watching out for Danger Spots
Avoid Human Error 236
Cope with Technological Breakdowns 240
Make Sure That Your Transactions Are Secure 242
Security: Is Any Protection Foolproof? 246
Protect Your Privacy 248
Keep Your Broker Honest 252
Be Careful with Tips from Message Boards and Chat Rooms 254
Avoid Online Scams 258
Report and Track Online Scams 260
Chapter 12 Now a Word About Day Trading
What Is Day Trading? 266
Day Trading versus Investing 267
Understand the Dangers of Day Trading 268
Is Day Trading Right for You? 270
Tip 1 Set Some Rules for Yourself 272
Tip 2 Avoid "Hot" Tips 273
Tip 3 Take Your Time 274
Tip 4 Don't Jump on a Shooting Stock 275
Tip 5 Use Limit Orders, Not Market Orders 276
Tip 6 Have a Backup Broker 277
Tip 7 Keep Track of Your Performance 278
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