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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

Applied Materials

Its size and product diversification help insulate it from economic downturns, and its high quality products protect its market share.

Weibo

This social networking platform can be called the Twitter and Facebook of China.

Parsley Energy

All the characteristics of a big energy winner—if oil prices cooperate.

Cabot Wealth Advisory

Three Big Trends and Three Small-Cap Stocks

By Tyler Laundon on July 26, 2016

Trend analysis is critical when researching small-cap stocks. And these three small caps are benefiting from some of today's biggest trends. Read More >

How Pokemon Go Is Like the Stock Market

By Timothy Lutts on July 25, 2016

Pokemon Go has swept the nation these last three weeks, and seemingly everyone (myself included) has joined in on the fun. It reminds me a lot of how the stock market works. Read More >

Investing in Emerging Markets Stocks: Why and How

By Paul Goodwin on July 22, 2016

Emerging markets stocks can march to their own drummer, and that’s a good thing for your portfolio. One Chinese education stock looks especially good.Read More >