A stock is the type of investment most people think of when investing is discussed.  Many people are not sure how buying, holding, and selling a stock is done, but they know it’s an investment.  After a little reading in this section, your head will be packed full of knowledge about the ins and outs of stocks.

The first step to having a diversified, robust stock portfolio is to have a very clear idea of what a stock really is, and how it compares to the other types of investments you could make.  If you want to make it big on Wall Street, this is the first place to look.

After you have a good idea about the nature of stocks, you will likely want to start thinking about the best way to structure your portfolio.  But what does that even mean? Find out what people mean when they refer to diversification, and where to get help when you need it.

Before you jump in and actually buy stocks, it’s important to know the risks.  Make sure you read and understand our guide to the most common risks associated with investing.  With the volatility of the stock market in recent years, this could be the most important thing you read all year.

When you look at stocks, you may wonder why there are different types of stocks listed for the same company.  Why can’t you find any Class A Google stock?  Is it better to buy common stock or preferred stock?  You will find all the answers to these types of questions and more in our stock types article.

Once you have some ideas about what kinds of stocks you want, you will want to evaluate the market and pick the best individual stocks for your needs.  But how do you know what to buy? One of the most common ways to evaluate stocks is to use stock tables.  After you have read our stock table tutorial, you will have no trouble differentiating between the best and worst stocks.

In our last instalment of our introduction to stocks is a brief overview of stock market basics.  This section will serve to help remind you of the topics we have covered in the first four sections, and to give you some final thoughts about organizing your wealth management strategy.

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