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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

Mattel

Turnaround situations can be a great place to find relatively low risk, high paying dividend stocks—and they’re usually a great value to boot.

Corrections Corp. of America

This REIT has paid dividends since 2012 and increased the dividend in each of the past three years.

Philip Morris

This non-cyclical consumer stock offers consistency and high dividends.

Cabot Wealth Advisory

The 10 Biggest Investing Mistakes—and How to Fix Them

By Michael Cintolo on May 05, 2016

Many of the emails and phone calls I field these days involve some sort of avoidable error on the part of the subscriber that’s cost him money. So this week I’m writing about the 10 biggest mistakes investors make … and, of course, how to avoid making them.Read More >

Options Trading Lesson: The Company Is Not the Stock

By Jacob Mintz on May 03, 2016

Divorcing one’s personal beliefs from a company’s products and its stock can be extremely challenging. However, a look at the stock’s performance and options trading can go a long way to helping investors avoid their personal biases.Read More >

Burger Stocks: The Bubble Has Burst, and One Clear Winner Has Emerged

By Timothy Lutts on May 02, 2016

Burger stocks exploded last year. It started with the IPO of Shake Shack (SHAK) in January, an offering that was priced at 21, but began trading at 47. It was fueled by lots of hype about trendy private chains, like Five Guys, In-N-Out Burger, Whataburger, Umami Burger and Iron Chef Bobby Flay’s Bobby’s Burger Palace.Read More >