All About Investing: The Easy Way to Get Started by Esme Faerber

By Esme Faerber

The simple strategy to start in investingThe such a lot tense funding for any new investor is the 1st one. All approximately making an investment is helping eliminate that rigidity, via delivering green traders with ideas for developing lifelike funding pursuits, deciding to buy the right kind resources to satisfy these ambitions, and developing a secure and appropriate portfolio of long term investments.

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Determining Which Index to Use Studies have shown that all the indices are correlated; that is, they all move together in the same direction. However, there are some differences. The Nasdaq and the AMEX indices are not as highly correlated with the S&P 500 and the DJIA. This makes sense because companies in the Nasdaq and AMEX stock indices are younger, smaller, and riskier companies than the companies in the DJIA and S&P 500. The best approach is to choose the index that closely resembles the makeup of your stock portfolio.

However, common stocks perform less poorly than bonds and money-market securities under these circumstances. Event Risk Event risk is broadly defined as the possibility of the occurrence of an event specific to a company that could affect bond and stock prices. Such a specific company event could be that a company takes on more debt; this action could result in a reduction of the price of its existing bonds. Event risk also could result from a general event, such as a political upheaval, government intervention in the private sector, or a natural disaster.

The 500 compa- Investment Risk and Return 39 nies included in the S&P 500 Index also can be broken down into the following indices: ■ ■ ■ ■ S&P Industrial Index, which consists of 400 industrial stocks S&P Transportation Index, which consists of 20 companies S&P Utilities Index, which consists of 40 companies S&P Financial Index, which consists of 40 companies The most often cited of the S&P indices is the S&P 500 Index. The S&P 500 Index is a market-value-weighted index, which is computed by calculating the total market capitalization (value) of the 500 companies in the index, dividing that by the total market capitalization of the 500 companies in the base year, and then multiplying the number by 10.

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