Stocks


People invest in stocks for a variety of reasons. Some people buy and hold stocks for very short periods of time, hoping to profit from short-term fluctuations in stock prices. Others buy and hold stocks for longer periods of time, hoping to profit from the gradual appreciation of a stock’s price. Others buy certain stocks because they like the dividend paid out by them, and therefore see them as a source of income.

How you trade stocks depends on your investing and trading goals. Understanding how stocks work, how they trade, and what factors affect their price is an important first step in establishing those goals.