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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.

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Ovascience

Currently, OVAS is digesting rapid gains, and appears to be forming a base. Any dips could be seen as buying opportunities.

Francesca's Holdings

Without question, Francesca’s Holdings (FRAN) is unloved now, but the stock could become a big winner during the next three to six months.

Ctrip

China's biggest travel-related website.

Cabot Wealth Advisory

Getting Safe Returns on Your Investments

By Paul Goodwin on April 24, 2015

Here’s the question that investors in their 60s are (metaphorically) screaming at the heavens: “Why can’t I just get a safe 7% return on my investments that will allow me to retire without worrying about burning up my capital?!!” Read More >

A Solar Stock with a New Revenue Model

By Michael Cintolo on April 23, 2015

First Solar was one of our biggest winners ever back in 2007 to 2008, but honestly, we’ve never found much to get excited about from the company in recent years. Read More >

What Does the Options Market Predict for Facebook?

By Jacob Mintz on April 21, 2015

The heart of earnings season is upon us, and the release of these important quarterly reports brings potential volatility for stocks of companies that are reporting their numbers. Read More >