Complete Idiot's Guide to Online Investing

Complete Idiot's Guide to Online Investing

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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Online Investing, Second Edition provides an easy to understand book on the basics of investing and computing, researching your options online and using the Internet for your portfolio management. Each chapter contains information about the Internet and how to best use it and how to find discussion groups and research sites for Investment topics including personal finance basics, investment basics, retirement planning online, college planning online, research and strategies for online investing in funds, researching stocks online, and strategies for stocks including online trading. Also included is information on day trading, bonds and bond strategy, portfolio management software, and more.
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  • Paperback | 408 pages
  • 187.96 x 231.14 x 25.4mm | 680.39g
  • Que Corporation,U.S.
  • United States
  • English
  • 2nd edition
  • 0789723255
  • 9780789723253

Table of contents

I. GETTING STARTED ON THE ROAD TO SUCCESSFUL ONLINE INVESTING. 1. Using Your Computer and the Internet as Investing Tools. Turning On, Tuning In, and Dialing Up. Getting Online in Four Easy Steps. Six Reasons Why Investing Online Is Good-And Good for You.2. Understanding the Basics of Personal Finance. You Gotta Learn to Swim Before You Surf. It All Starts with Saving. Do You Appreciate Compound Interest? Setting Goals and Meeting Them. Building Your Plan.3. "Debt Is Saving in Reverse". They Don't Call It "Debt Burden" for Nothing. Spend Not, Save Lot. Finding Great Credit Card Rates on the Web. If You Need More Help Climbing Out of Debt.4. How the Stock Market Works. Understanding the Stock Market. Why Do Companies Go Public? Inside a Stock Exchange. How a Trade Is Made. A Tour of Stock Exchanges on the Web.5. Principles of Investing for the Mathematically Challenged. The Riddle of Risk and Return. Not Putting All Your Eggs in One Basket (a.k.a. "Diversification").6. Learning More About Investing. Educational Web Sites. Investment Clubs-Online and Off.II. INVESTING IN MUTUAL FUNDS. 7. The ABCs of Mutual Funds. What Mutual Funds Are. What Funds Are Not. Index Funds-Guaranteed to Match the Market. Strategies for Getting Started in Mutual Funds.8. Finding and Researching Mutual Funds on the Web. It's a Family Affair.9. Getting Cyber-Advice About Funds. Mutual Fund Reports. Online Guides Through the Fund Forest. Yakking About Funds. Searching for Funds in All the Right Places.III. INVESTING IN STOCKS. 10. Strategies for Investing in Stocks. Fundamentally Speaking. Getting Technical. What a Difference a Day Makes. Common Cents or Nonsense. Investing on Autopilot.11. Building a Portfolio of Stocks. Diversify, Diversify, Diversify. Finding the Right Balance.12. Finding the Right Stocks on the Web. Getting Tips from the Pros. Hot Tips and Chilly Dogs. Separating the Wheat from the Chaff-Online Stock Screening. Hard, Cold Analysis Tools. Getting Social About Stocks.13. Researching Stocks on the Web. The Data, Just the Data, and Nothing But the Data.14. Buy, Sell, or Hold Begins with Buy. Cost Versus Service-The Battle Between "Full-Service" and "Discount Commissions". Cheap, Easy, Convenient-Online Brokerage Firms. How to Make an Online Trade.15. Skipping the Broker Altogether. Successful Investing, DRIP by DRIP. Online Services with a Flair for DRIPs. Directory of DRIPs and Direct Purchase Stocks.IV. MANAGING A PORTFOLIO. 16. Recordkeeping Versus Portfolio Management. Good Recordkeeping Is a Good Thing.17. Keeping Tabs on Your Portfolio. Maintaining the Right Balance. Tracking Your Portfolio Online.18. Getting Price Quotes Online. Serving Up a Slew of Quotes. Where to Find Historical and Daily Data. Now Available Live!-Real-Time Quote Servers.V. THE DARK SIDE OF THE WEB. 19. Hazards and Pitfalls of the Online World. Security on the Internet. Protecting Your Privacy. Dealing with the Cookie Monster. Warning: The Internet Can Be Contagious!20. Online Schemes and Ploys to Get Your Money. The "Pump and Dump". Hot Tips and Sad Stories. "Newsletters" Aren't Always What They Seem. Watching Your Step: How to Protect Yourself and Your Money. Check Before You Send That Check.VI. PUTTING IT TOGETHER. 21. How to Retire a Millionaire. Understanding the Alphabet Soup of Retirement Plans. Building Your Retirement Plan Online.22. Paying for a College Education. Understanding Available Options. Figuring Out How You Are Going to Pay for College.23. Planning to Take Care of the "I Wants". Planning for a Home, Boat, or Dream Vacation. Where to Save and Invest for Your Short-Term Goals.24. For Every Investment You Might Consider, There's a Web Site (or 50) to Confuse You. How to Lose a Bundle Fast in Commodities. Are Options a Choice for You? Blessed Be the Bonds That Yield. Ten Things to Consider Before You Invest in Anything!.Glossary. An Online Investor's Glossary. Index.
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About Douglas Gerlach

Douglas Gerlach is the founder and editor in chief of, one of the earliest personal finance sites on the Web. In addition to the first edition of The Complete Idiot's Guide(R) to Online Investing, he is the author of The Investor's Web Guide, published by Lycos Press in 1997. Douglas created the Web site of the National Association of Investors Corporation (NAIC), and is also a member of the Board of Directors of NAIC's Computer Group.
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