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What Is a Stock Market Correction?

When you examine stock market charts, you can see that stock prices never go up in a straight line. They rise and fall on their way to higher prices. Experienced investors consider this normal. However, you may also notice larger dips in some places, indicating that people began ...

Advantages & Disadvantages of Private Placement of Bonds

A public offering of securities can reach an enormous number of potential investors, but it might also require extensive public disclosure of company information. Offering your bonds in a private placement may reduce the number of investors you can reach, but your potential ...

When Could I Lose My Original Value in a Bond?

When you invest in a bond, your money is at risk. You are lending money to a company or an agency, and you expect interest payments in return. Investors expect their money to be repaid by the issuing company or agency at the end of the bond term, or to be able to sell the bond ...

How Much in Taxes Do You Pay on Stock Market Earnings?

When you sell stocks and make money on the transaction, you must pay tax on your gains. However, the amount of tax may vary, depending on when you buy and sell. On some stocks, you pay capital gains tax. On others, you pay the same rate as your regular income.

How Long Till a Savings Bond Matures at Face Value?

Although the U.S. Treasury has mostly phased out the issuance of paper savings bonds, many investors are familiar with paper bonds that are purchased for one-half of the face value. One common point of confusion is when that $50 or $100 savings bond will actually be worth $50 or ...

How to Replace Lost Bonds

Sometimes you can’t find a lost savings bond or corporate bond no matter how hard you look. You can get the bonds replaced by contacting either the Department of the Treasury or the corporation that issued the bonds. With just a little bit of information, the bonds can be ...

How to Look Up Mutual Fund Ticker Symbols

A ticker symbol is a single letter or group of letters that designate a particular security, such as a stock or mutual fund. Mutual fund ticker symbols typically have five letters and end in “X.” Because mutual fund providers sometimes offer multiple funds with similar names, it ...

How Does the Stock Market Trading Floor Work?

The traditional stock exchange was a place to buy and sell company shares, through the services of a stockbroker and his minions: the traders who did the actual buying, selling and negotiating on the exchange floor. With the rise of computerized trading in the 1990s, floor ...

How to Invest in Crude Oil Stock

The energy sector is one of the largest and most diverse industry groups in the United States. With that diversity comes plenty of choices for investors, but the road most often traveled is oil stocks. However, simply deciding to invest in oil stocks does not end an investor’s ...

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