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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Stock Investing Fast-Track by Ken Little

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What Is a Stock?

Common stocks, also known as equities, represent a unit of ownership in a publicly traded corporation. Each share of stock comes with certain rights such as a vote at the annual meeting on important corporation matters. Because you are an owner of the corporation, it is important that you pay attention to the financial and market news concerning the company you own.

This book focuses on investing in individual stocks as one part of a complete investment program. Your investment program should consist of stocks, bonds, and cash. This focus on stocks will allow you the tools to identify great companies. But you can also own stocks through investment vehicles other than individual ownership. The most common ways are through mutual ...

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