Dividends

What Are Dividend Stocks? Marketbeat Investing in dividend-paying stocks is a common investment strategy. Dividends are essentially free money, though taxes do apply. But how do you know which stocks will pay dividends? Companies that pay dividends tend to be larger and more established. It is far less likely for newer companies to pay dividends. This […]

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Senate May Rein In Microsoft’s Billion-Dollar Army Program

(Bloomberg) — A Senate committee’s proposed freezing half of the funding available to an Army program involving Microsoft Corp., pending greater transparency into the program’s cost and performance. The program, known as the Integrated Visual Augmentation System, or IVAS, aims to develop a “heads-up display” for U.S. ground forces, similar to the displays fighter pilots use in the […]

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What’s a market-wide trading halt?

A market-wide trading halt is like a timeout. It gives everybody a chance to catch their breath and may help slow the stampede of a selloff. Halts are issued by US equities, options, and futures exchanges. There are three circuit breakers that can trigger market-wide halts in the US: Level 1: The S&P 500 drops […]

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What’s a circuit breaker?

After the 1987 stock market crash, known as “Black Monday,” the US Securities and Exchange Commission adopted market-wide circuit breakers, or certain thresholds at which trading is halted for a pre-defined period of time. These circuit breakers were updated in 2012 in order to make them more meaningful in today’s high speed electronic markets.  Market-wide […]

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What is a volatile market?

A volatile market is often characterized by extreme price fluctuations and widespread uncertainty. Nobody knows what to expect, and fear—or euphoria—can grip investors. During these moments, it can be tough to sit still. Your investment portfolio may seemingly plummet—or soar—based on the smallest whisper: a rumor that the Fed might change interest rates, that the […]

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Robinhood has announced changes to its app and the hiring of an options education specialist after a young user’s suicide

Robinhood, a commission-free trading app, said Friday it is making changes after a 20-year-old customer died by suicide thinking he incurred losses of over $730,000. Co-founders Vlad Tenev and Baiju Bhatt said they’re expanding options-trading educational content and hiring a specialist to further assist users. Robinhood is also working to improve messaging to customers about […]

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What are value and growth stocks?

Value and growth stocks are two different styles of stock. Growth stocks are anticipated to grow at a rate above the average for the market. Value stocks are those that tend to trade at a lower price relative to their fundamentals. To determine whether a stock is underpriced, market analysts look at a company’s fundamentals […]

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What are small-, mid-, and large-cap stocks?

Small-, mid- and large-cap stocks are ways to categorize market capitalization, which is the total value of all the shares of a company’s stock. Very large companies like Apple and Alphabet (the holding company for Google) are considered large-cap stocks with market capitalizations starting at $10 billion. Stocks from relatively smaller companies are considered mid-cap […]

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