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In 1790, the United States issued $80 million in bonds in order to refinance Revolutionary War debt. This was the first major issuance of any kind of publicly traded security, and marked the birth of the United States Investment Market. Although the range of financial instruments available to us has expanded since then, the securities market has continued to capture the imagination of the American public.

The stock market is fascinating and intimidating place, and anyone can make money there-- provided they know what they're doing. Everyone has an opinion on what's right in the stock market, and that's why the hardest part of starting to invest is finding a good source of advice.

That's why we're here. Below you can find a variety of educational tools to start investing, including best books to read, stock market FAQs, and tips for beginners. Go ahead, learn about investing.

Why Do Stocks Go Up?

Why do Stocks Go Up?

Why do stocks go up? (We could as easily ask why they go down, but this is a more positive way of asking the question, and we like to be positive.) Read about why stocks go up, or view our infographic.

Apple PayAn Apple Pay Primer: The Future of Our Money and How to Take Advantage of It

There is something unsettling about the idea of Apple Pay. The issue isn’t electronic payment—we have become used to sending sensitive financial information over the Internet.

TimingHow Not to do Market Timing

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Stock Picks

General Motors

The top dividend stock in the auto industry is General Motors (GM), a leader in big high-margin models, both in the U.S. and in China.

Anheuser-Busch Inbev

Revenues at the company fell 7% last year, while earnings shrank 4%, but the stock is holding up surprisingly well.

Monster Beverage

Thanks to its Coca-Cola agreement, Monster Energy drinks will hit shelves in Australia and New Zealand later this month.

Cabot Wealth Advisory

Grace Groner and the Power of Dividend Reinvestment Plans

By Paul Goodwin on May 27, 2016

Buying and holding stocks and enrolling in dividend reinvestment plans aren't exciting ways to invest, but they're an effective way to build long-lasting wealth. For evidence, look no further than Grace Groner. Read More >

One of the Leading Biotech Stocks Is Now on Sale

By J. Royden Ward on May 26, 2016

Standard & Poor’s lists a whopping 196 biotechnology companies in its database, but AbbVie (ABBV) stands out above the rest. The company is growing rapidly but due to the correction in biotech stocks, it’s now an undervalued stock.Read More >

The Best Small-Cap Dividend Stocks to Buy Now

By Tyler Laundon on May 24, 2016

While small-cap dividend stocks don’t always make for juicy storylines, the fact is that many of the best performers in the stock market today are these little income producers. And if you have the willpower to stick with them, you may easily find their performance rivals that of the best performing growth stocks. Here are three stocks for your review. Read More >