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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

Tesla Motors

If you’re not on board the stock, there’s no rush. Wait for a better entry point in a more constructive market.

Church

Church & Dwight owns the Arm & Hammer, OxiClean and Trojan brands, as well as some smaller, faster-growing brands. But even after a 35% climb in 18 months, Church & Dwight still looks strong and poised for further gains.

Restoration Hardware

Restoration Hardware (RH) has been on my watch list for a long time. Believe it or not, I’ve been watching the stock for about a year—it was my Top Pick at the 2014 Cabot Investors Conference, nearly one year ago—and now, after a ton of starts and stops, shares look poised to get going.

Cabot Wealth Advisory

Market Shocks (and Aftershocks)

By Paul Goodwin on August 28, 2015

In the stock market, September is usually a time of increased purpose, as the giants of Wall Street return from their summer vacations (after Labor Day), tanned, re-energized and ready to grapple with the market and its challenges.Read More >

My First Market Crash

By Timothy Lutts on August 27, 2015

Everyone remembers their first market crash. Mine was October 19, 1987, when the Dow fell 508 points (22.6%) in one day. This, of course, was before we all had computers on our desks (and in our pockets) to keep us up to date on what was happening. All we had were telephones—and unanswered questions about how some poorly understood computer-trading programs had allowed this to happen.Read More >

Four Ratios and Ratings to Increase Your Returns

By J. Royden Ward on August 25, 2015

My value approach seems contrary to the thinking of most investors, but I believe selling when the market is high and buying when the market is low makes sense. Read More >