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Understanding Wall Street

ISBN-10: 0071633227
ISBN-13: 9780071633222
Edition: 5th 2010
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List price: $25.00
Edition: 5th
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
Publication date: 10/13/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.342

Preface
What Is a Share of Stock?
How a company is organized
The meaning of profits and dividends
How stock prices are determined
Wall Street-How It Works
A pictorial and narrative description of Wall Street's colorful history
The role of the investment banker
An explanation of listed and over-the-counter trading
Analyzing Your Company
How to identify the best companies and interpret their financial statements
Using the reinvestment rate
Calculating financial ratios
Other highlights of security analysis
Reading the Financial Pages
The history and calculations of the Dow /ones Averages
How to read the stock tables, earnings reports, stock split announcements, and other important news items
Investing and Trading
Finding a stockbroker or investment advisor
Opening a brokerage account
Setting investment objectives
Understanding the margin account
How to make money in a bear market
Investment clubs
Exchange traded funds (ETFs)
Growth Stocks
The meaning of "the growth stock theory" of investing
How companies grow
Identifying growth companies
A guide on how much to pay for growth stocks
Manias, Fads, and Panics
Recognizing investment bubbles
Examples and the pitfalls of emotional investing
The stock market crashes of 1929 and 1987
The recent dot-com bubble
From Wall Street to Main Street
The Great Real Estate Bubble
A new investment landscape
Government versus business
Greed and atrocities
Bankruptcies and"bailouts"
Bonds, Preferred Stocks, and the Money Market
An explanation of bonds and the bond tables
Calculating "yield to maturity"
Investing in convertible bonds
Tax advantages of municipal bonds
Understanding the Federal Reserve
The use of T-bills and other money market instruments
The Internet
The background of this fast-growing medium
How today's investors are using the World Wide Web
Global Investing
The emerging global market
The Japanese stock market
The markets in London, Germany, France, and elsewhere
ADRs
Participating through mutual funds
Gold and Silver
Learning from the past
Gold and silver as a store of value
Supply and demand, production, and stockpiles
The investment opportunities and risks
A few equities
The Principles of Technical Analysis
Methods for improving market timing
Constructing bar charts and point & figure charts
How to read charts
The WST Ratio and other reliable technical indicators
Stock Options and Other Derivatives
How to use "put" and "call" options
The two dimensions of a premium
Valuing option premiums
Index options
Simple explanations of various option strategies
Other derivatives explained, including interest rate swaps and credit default swaps
Personalities of Wall Street
Key players during the early days of Wall Street
Tycoons and stock traders
Great investors
The "movers and shakers" of today
Sources
A dictionary of Wall Street
Useful business publications
Investment services
Appendix
Historical annual statistics for the Dow Industrials and Consumer Price Index (CPI)
Illustration Credits
Index

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