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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.

Stock Picks

Norwegian Cruise Lines

Norwegian Cruise Lines (NCLH) is one of the “big 3” in the cruise industry. There’s a real growth story here thanks to a steady expansion in the firm’s ship count, along with an acquisition last year that gives it exposure to the high end of the market.

Constellation Brands

This maker of wines (Mondavi, Clos du Bois, Ravenswood), beer (Corona, Modelo and TsingTao) and spirits (Svedka, Black Velvet and Paul Masson) gets 89% of its revenues from the U.S. and 11% from Canada, so the strong dollar isn’t hurting.

Cheetah Mobile

My stock pick this week is a Chinese stock that was featured in the Other Stocks of Interest section of Cabot Growth Investor. (It’s also in the portfolio of Cabot China & Emerging Markets Report).

Cabot Wealth Advisory

Three Simple Options Strategies to Hedge Your Portfolio

By Paul Goodwin on July 02, 2015

Markets are used to all kinds of stressful events, and for the past year or so have taken the Greek debt crisis pretty much in stride. Up through last week, what we saw in the market was an unemotional averaging out of all investors’ estimates of the probability of a Greek default and the likely fallout (including Greece’s exit from the Eurozone).Read More >

Three Simple Options Strategies to Hedge Your Portfolio

By Jacob Mintz on July 01, 2015

On Monday, Paul Goodwin discussed the panic that sparked a greater than 2% decline in the markets on Monday. So how do you protect your portfolio from a pit bull and a swarm of bees?Read More >

Investors and the Genuinely Horrible Day

By Paul Goodwin on June 30, 2015

There’s nothing like a genuinely horrible day to get the attention of equity investors. Financial websites and online brokerage accounts must have registered a spike in visitors this morning as the investors who suffered through Monday’s storm tried to figure out which way the market’s winds might blow on Tuesday.Read More >