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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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Headline News

Stock Picks

Blackbaud

Blackbaud is the market leader in the nonprofit fundraising industry.

Kroger

Roy Ward says the stock is an attractive, low-risk buy here.

Zions Bancorporation

This attractive mid-cap bank stock is surprising the market with consistently stronger financial performance.

Cabot Wealth Advisory

One of the Best Buy and Hold Stocks in Driver Assistance Technology

By Timothy Lutts on August 29, 2016

If you believe our recent reader survey, self-driving cars could be five years away from going mainstream, and one of the best buy and hold stocks in driver assistance technology could benefit for years from that impending revolution.Read More >

The Problem with “Free” Investing Tips

By Paul Goodwin on August 26, 2016

Anyone who recommends a stock, but fails to provide any guidance on how to manage that stock, isn’t giving you anything of much value. Free stock tips are being given away constantly on the internet. And that’s pretty much what they’re worth.Read More >

Are Fed Rate Hikes Bad for the Stock Market?

By Michael Cintolo on August 25, 2016

The stock market has been in a holding pattern, waiting to see what Janet Yellen will say on Friday. Recent history suggests investors are rooting for the wrong outcome.Read More >