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

Consolidated Edison

For investors who rely on regular income from their investments, high-quality dividend payers are the best vehicle for maintaining a steady income during troubled times in the market.


Dycom was recommended as the Top Pick in Cabot Top Ten Trader on September 8, and has run decisively into new high ground since then.


As a value investor, Apple shares are an irresistible bargain!

Cabot Wealth Advisory

Is Facebook the New Apple? (And Two IPOs to Watch)

By Michael Cintolo on October 08, 2015

As my boss likes to say, “Trends often last longer than anyone expects.” That’s very true. But it’s also true that, once a trend ends, it takes a long time for investors to come to terms with it. That’s true of both major market trends—it takes months for the general public to get bullish or bearish after a big turn, for instance—but it’s also true when it comes to individual stocks.Read More >

Have Solar Stocks Bottomed?

By Timothy Lutts on October 06, 2015

Recent weeks have brought an abnormally high number of days when the Dow gained or lost 200 or more points, as the overwhelming majority of stocks joined in the trend of the day. What do I think about this volatility, and what does it mean for the future?Read More >

The Problem with Hunches

By Paul Goodwin on October 05, 2015

Many people like to make decisions based on hunches; sometimes they’re called “educated guesses” and sometimes “feminine intuition.” And there’s some experimental support for the idea that snap judgments often prove quite sound.Read More >