Assets & Markets

Stocks, bonds, real estate, annuities, mutual funds—choosing where to invest your money starts with learning about your options. Get to know the different types of assets you can invest in, how to make investment transactions, and how to measure performance.
An investor checks the Nasdaq's hours.
Stock Market Holidays and Reduced Hours in 2021
An investor buys coins from an ICO.
What Is an Initial Coin Offering?
A woman purchases fractional shares.
Is Investing in Fractional Shares Worth It?
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What Is an Asset?
An investor opens an email about an IPO.
What Is a Primary Market?
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What Is the Transportation Sector?
An investor tracks the Dow 30.
What Is the Dow 30?
An investor buys cryptocurrency.
History of Cryptocurrency
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What Are Nonrenewable Resources?
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What You Need To Know About Ravencoin
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What Are FAAMG Stocks?
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What Is a Housing Bubble?
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What Is a Special Purpose Acquisition Company (SPAC)?
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What Is Terminal Value?
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What Does It Mean When a Company ‘Goes Public’?
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What Is the Energy Sector?
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What Is Bond Valuation?
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What Is a Contract for Difference?
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What Is the Utilities Sector?
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What Is Time-Weighted Rate of Return (TWR)?
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What Is a Class of Shares?
A young woman buys bitcoin through a mobile app.
Thinking of Buying Bitcoin? Here’s How
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What Is a Financial Instrument?
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What Is Yield?
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What Is Sustainability?
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What Is Venture Capital?
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What Is a Stakeholder?
The New York Stock Exchange.
Your Guide to Understanding the Dow Jones Industrial Average
A young investor checks her DRIP account.
Your Guide to DRIP Investing
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Best Stock Trading Apps of 2021
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What Are Dow Futures?
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Best Investment Apps of 2021
A trader looks over a stock's performance.
What Are Stock Index Futures?
Image shows a man sitting at a desk with trading features on his computer screen. He's reading a book that says "how to start trading". Text reads: "Tips to start trading stocks: open an account with a respected broker (online or in person); avoid the wash-sale rule of accidentally selling and then re-buying the same stock shares; try to avoid expenses and fees; understand the taxes that you may have to pay on your investments"
A Beginner's Guide to Online Stock Trading
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What Are Stocks?
Penny stocks
Here Is a Step-by-Step Guide to Start Trading Penny Stocks
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What Is a Derivative?
A man works at a laptop and reviews stock charts from an online broker.
Best Online Stock Brokers
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A Beginner's Guide to How Dividends Work
A young professional checks his penny stocks.
Best Penny Stock Trading Apps of 2021
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A Beginner Investor's Guide to Understanding Dividend Yield
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A Beginner's Guide to Investing in Stocks
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Why Company Earnings Matter to Investors
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How Do You Become a Stockbroker?
A Guide to Understanding How Shorting Stock Works
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What Is a Stock Exchange?
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The Ultimate Guide to Dividend Investing
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What Is Dividend Investing?
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Investing in Facebook: A Guide for Beginners
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Which Matters More: A Stock's Value or Price?
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What Is a Stock Market Quote?
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How Does Stock Trading Work?
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8 Stocks You Will Want to Own Long-Term
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What Is a Stock Split?
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Stock Share Price vs. Market Cap
Buying Stocks Without a Broker: Diect stock purchase plans (DSPP): participants pay via a payment plan ($50+ every month) or a one-time-purchase ($250-$500), The DSPP administrators batch the participants' cash and use it to buy company shares. Dividend Reinvestment Plans (DRIP): DRIP allows you take cash dividends paid out by the company you own and use them to buy more shares; expect nominal fees or no charge at all"
Why a Broker Isn't Necessary to Buy Stocks
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First Time Investing? Here Are Stocks To Buy
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How to Use Current and Projected Cash Flow to Value Companies
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What Is the Difference Between a Bond and a Debenture?
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What You Need to Know About the World’s No. 2 Smartphone Maker