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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

Ross Stores

McKesson (MCK) distributes ethical and proprietary drugs, surgical supplies and health and beauty products throughout North America to the healthcare industry. The company also provides technical consulting services to biotech and pharmaceutical manufacturers.

Carnival Cruise Lines

Having just returned from vacation, Tim Lutts is thinking of the millions of baby-boomers who are spending more and more money on leisure travel, particularly on cruises, an industry that is dominated by a few big players.

China Biologic Products

Paul Goodwin advises putting this stock on your watch list.

Cabot Wealth Advisory

Beach Weather in the Market

By Paul Goodwin on July 31, 2015

It’s the beginning of August, high summer in New England, and a bit of summer fatigue is setting in. Summer in New England is short, so we try to pack half a year’s worth of cookouts, beach days, hikes, kayaking, sight-seeing and other outside recreation into three months. It’s fun, but the pace can be a bit frantic, especially as the season enters its third act. Frankly, all I want to do now is lie on a beach somewhere and read a book. Read More >

Managing Your Stock Portfolio to the Market's Tune

By Michael Cintolo on July 30, 2015

In today’s Wealth Advisory, I’m doing something I’ve never done before—reprinting an entire piece I wrote in Cabot Growth Investor last Wednesday. It doesn’t involve any specific stock advice (that is and always will be for subscribers only), but it details the wild divergences in the market (which are now getting lots of press—even the Wall Street Journal had a big write-up on it Monday), what it means, and how I’m advising people to handle it—I think it’s very timely.Read More >

Do Your Stocks Have Borrowing Trouble?

By Nancy Zambell on July 28, 2015

Hostess is making news today as it is issuing $1.23 million in term loans—most of which will go toward paying $905 million in a special dividend to its private shareholders—which I may add, is also more than two times what the buyers paid for this tasty snack business, and triples the company’s debt. According to Bloomberg, these types of deals grew to nearly $16 billion in the second quarter, the highest level in the past 12 months. I’m not making a judgment for or against this action. I just want to make a point that this debt, or leverage recapitalization—spurred by low interest rates—is increasingly becoming a method in which private equity holders get their money back—without selling the business. But it does burden the company with additional debt, which isn’t going to fund company expansion or operations.Read More >