Stock Research
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(quick snapshot... understanding your stock)
100   Stock ticker & Company Profile
110   Anatomy of a Stock - company snapshot
120   What the company does and how it makes its money
130   What Sector & Which Industry?
140   What Competitors?
150   Knowing The Share Price History
160   Knowing Number of Shares Outstanding
(what the company controls)
200   Company Website
220   Annual Report (10K)
230   Latest Quarterly Report (10Q) & Other SEC Filings
240   Conference Calls
250   Earnings Guidance Provided
260   Insider Buying & Selling
270   Stock Splits
275   Secondary Offerings
280   Dividend & Yield
(what others control)
300   Analyst Ratings & Expectations
310   Major Holders
320   Major Index Membership
330   Short Position
340   News Headlines
350   Industry Events
(what you can control)

400   Your Available Time
410   Age/Risk Tolerance
420   Don't Buy All At Once
430   Diversification
500   Jim Cramer's 25 Rules for Investing
510   Warren Buffett's Stock Portfolio
520   Business News - TV & Newspapers
530   Business News - Websites
540   Last check: Cramer's latest comments on
600   Stocks 101: The Basics
610   Online Trading 101 (vs. paying a broker)
620   Anatomy Of A Stock:  The Parts
630   Mad Money Recap
640   Setting up your own free Yahoo! Finance Portfolio
650   Stock/Investing Glossary
(coming soon)

700   Open Step
750   Open Step
790   Open Step
800   Ongoing Weekly Homework for each of your stocks
WB   Free Stock Homework Workbook - PDF Download







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  610  Online Trading 101:  Trading Online Yourself vs. Using A Broker                        Share

Reading more, beyond the bottom line...
The major online stock sites are secure, so you can trade confidently:  

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The addition of electronic trading, combined with a faster, more reliable internet experience, has made trading online yourself a much more attractive option.

Also, the cost of online stock trading has gone down from the $20-40 range in the late 90s and early 00s, to under $10 (and, in some cases under $5) today.  When you compare that to the "cost" you incur when using a human stock broker to place your trades over the phone, at $50-$150 today, there is no comparison... especially if you are planning to trade frequently.

What you may gain from a personal stockbroker (over the phone) is his or her firm's current position and recommendation on the particular stock that you wish to trade.  However, it's been our experience that we can form our own opinions (and do it better) by doing our own homework on a stock, and avoid what could be biased recommendations from these personal brokers.
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There are several benefits to trading online for yourself.  These online broker sites have improved dramatically recently to offer you amazing tools to evaluate stocks:

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