Chapter 6

Gathering Information

In This Chapter

arrow Using Canadian and other stock exchanges to get investment information

arrow Applying accounting and economic know-how to your investments

arrow Keeping up with financial news

arrow Deciphering stock tables

arrow Interpreting dividend news

arrow 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?) Canadians 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 not to miss so-called golden investment opportunities, investors too often end up losing money.

Opportunities to make money in the stock market will always be there, no matter how ...

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