In This Chapter
Using stock exchanges to get investment information
Applying accounting and economic know-how to your investments
Deciphering stock tables
Interpreting dividend news
Recognizing good (and bad) investing advice
Knowledge and information are two critical success factors in stock investing. (Isn’t that true about most things in life?) People who plunge headlong into stocks without sufficient knowledge of the stock market in general, and current information in particular, quickly learn the lesson of the eager diver who didn’t find out ahead of time that the pool was only an inch deep (ouch!). In their haste to avoid missing so-called golden investment opportunities, investors too often end up losing money.