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Ch 12: Ch. 12: Investing in Stocks

About This Chapter

The Investing in Stocks chapter of this Focus on Personal Finance: Online Textbook Companion Course aligns with the same chapter in the Focus on Personal Finance textbook. These simple and fun video lessons are about five minutes long and help you learn the essential lessons about evaluating stocks for investment, dividend yields, brokerage firm and types of growth.

How It Works:

  • Find the lesson within this chapter that corresponds to what you're studying in the Investing in Stocks chapter of your textbook.
  •  Watch fun videos that cover the investing topics you need to learn or review.
  •  Complete the quiz after watching each video lesson to test your understanding.
  •  If you need additional help, rewatch the videos until you've mastered the material, or submit a question for one of our instructors.

Chapter Topics

You'll learn all of the investing topics covered in the textbook chapter, including:

  • Defining preferred stock
  • Factors that affect the value of a stock
  • Types of brokerage firms
  • Short-term and long-term techniques for stock market investments
  • Formulas for dividend and portfolio yield

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15 Lessons in Chapter 12: Ch. 12: Investing in Stocks
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Common Stock: Definition, Issuance & Formula

1. Common Stock: Definition, Issuance & Formula

This lesson will provide you with a basic understanding of common stock, why and how companies issue stock, the potential for return on investment when investing, and how to calculate shareholder earnings.

Common Stock Valuation & Types of Growth

2. Common Stock Valuation & Types of Growth

Common stock valuation determines the price that a stock will sell for. Valuations are highly dependent on the expected growth of the stock. Let's look at how stock valuation works and the different ways of calculating growth.

What is Preferred Stock? - Definition, Types & Advantages

3. What is Preferred Stock? - Definition, Types & Advantages

This lesson will define the hybrid investment security called preferred stock. The various types of preferred stocks will be explained and advantages of each will be explored.

Preferred Stock: Understanding Investment Performance

4. Preferred Stock: Understanding Investment Performance

After watching this video lesson, you will understand the differences between preferred stocks and regular stocks. You'll also learn how to calculate your dividends and earnings on your stocks when you sell them.

Comparing Common & Preferred Stock

5. Comparing Common & Preferred Stock

From the sound of it, preferred stock has to be better than common stock, right? However, the simple truth is that it depends. For many people, common stock is the better option because it lets them vote.

How to Evaluate Stocks for Investment

6. How to Evaluate Stocks for Investment

For some people, the idea of investing in stocks is petrifying. For others, it is exciting. However you feel about stocks, evaluating them is an important skill to have. In this lesson, we'll learn about the two general approaches to stock evaluation.

Corporate Earnings & Stock Values: Importance & Calculations

7. Corporate Earnings & Stock Values: Importance & Calculations

Many market experts believe that current and future earnings are the biggest determinant of a company's stock price. This lesson introduces you to the earnings per share and price-to-earnings ratio calculations to illustrate the link between earnings and share price.

Stock Price Factors: Types & Definitions

8. Stock Price Factors: Types & Definitions

After reading this lesson, you will see how various aspects of a business can affect its stock price. Also learn how the market itself can affect stock prices to the point where it can make it crash.

What Is Dividend Yield? - Definition & Calculation

9. What Is Dividend Yield? - Definition & Calculation

In this lesson, you'll learn about dividend yield while performing calculations with a hypothetical stockholder's portfolio. When you've finished with the lesson, use our online quiz to see how well you understood the formulas for dividend and portfolio yields and how to use them.

Securities Markets and Investment Bankers

10. Securities Markets and Investment Bankers

Securities markets and investment banks provide opportunities for companies to obtain capital and people to make investments to increase their wealth. In this lesson, you'll learn about securities markets and the players involved.

Trading Securities on the Stock Exchange

11. Trading Securities on the Stock Exchange

Stocks are traded all over the world seven days a week, 24 hours a day on stock exchanges located in the world's financial capitals, such as New York, London, Tokyo and Hong Kong. In this lesson, you'll learn how stocks are traded.

What is a Brokerage Firm? - Definition & Types

12. What is a Brokerage Firm? - Definition & Types

In this lesson, you'll learn about several different types of brokerage firms. You'll also learn about the different types of service each type of brokerage firm provides. Some even offer smartphone access!

Stock Transactions: Definition, Types & Examples

13. Stock Transactions: Definition, Types & Examples

When investing in the stock market there are several ways in which you can buy and sell your stocks in addition to a straight buy and sell order. This lesson will focus on other types of stock transactions.

Long-Term Stock Market Investing Techniques

14. Long-Term Stock Market Investing Techniques

In this lesson, we will learn about some techniques you can use to increase the growth of your long-term stock portfolio. We will also learn the principles behind these techniques that make them successful.

Short-Term Stock Market Investing Techniques

15. Short-Term Stock Market Investing Techniques

In this lesson, you will learn what techniques you can use when investing in stocks for the short-term. You will also learn some techniques for buying and selling stocks within the day and over longer periods of time.

Chapter Practice Exam
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