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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

Prudential Financial

This stock currently stands out because it easily fits all of Benjamin Graham's criteria.

Nevro

This stock is still behaving well, supported by the buying power of investors just discovering the stock.

Whirlpool

A good value with excellent prospects for recovery because homebuilding is strong.

Cabot Wealth Advisory

For Investors with a Taste for Adventure

By Paul Goodwin on February 04, 2016

For investors with a little taste for adventure, emerging markets are more fun than an unlimited ticket to a go-cart track (and offer much bigger potential rewards). Yes, when markets turn sour, emerging market stocks can take some skin off. But that only happens if you’re sitting like a bump on a log and watching your holdings tank.Read More >

How to Benefit from Daily Trading Order Flow

By Jacob Mintz on February 02, 2016

As the market was unwinding, the question I often heard from subscribers of Cabot Options Trader and Cabot Options Trader Pro, was “what stocks were on your watch list to buy?” My answer was always the same: look at the Daily Order Flow Reading email that I send every day for the best ideas on what to short and what to buy.Read More >

Apple (AAPL) and Zika

By Timothy Lutts on February 01, 2016

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