Investing Online for Dummies 2nd Ed.

Kathleen Sindell

Publisher: IDG, 1999, 322 pages

ISBN: 0-7645-0509-2

Keywords: Finance

Last modified: July 24, 2021, 1:21 p.m.

Don't get lost in investment cyberspace! Whether you're a novice or an experienced investor, Investing Online for Dummies, 2nd Edition, is your ideal guide to a vast array of Internet investment tools, links, and resources. Financial management expert Kathleen Sindell tells you how to buy, sell, and monitor investments online, avoid costly mistakes, and build wealth — all by using the Internet.

Inside, find helpful advice on how to:

  • Save time and money by managing your portfolio online
  • Find the best online brokers and pay the lowest commissions
  • Get stock quotes and company news 24 hours a day
  • Locate investment software
  • Use Internet resources to analyze stocks and mutual funds
  • Identify online banking services and find the best one for your needs
  • Figure out the online signals that tell you when to nuy and when to sell
  • Avoid online frauds and deceptions
  • Introduction
    • Who Are You?
    • About This Book
    • How to Use This Book
    • How This Book Is Organized
      • Part I: Online Investing Fundamentals
      • Part II: Finding the Right Investments
      • Part III: Paying the Right Price
      • Part IV: Making More Money on the Internet
      • Part V: The Part of Tens
    • What's New
    • Technical Requirements
    • Icons Used in This Book
    • Feedback, Please
  • Part I: Online Investing Fundamentals
    1. Why Look to the Internet for Investment Information?
      • Can You Earn Big Bucks by Investing on the Internet?
      • Picking a Winning Investment Online
      • What Can Investors Fond on the Net
      • Where Should You Start?
    2. Internet, Here I Come
      • Getting Smart Online
        • Online investor tutorials
        • Web sites for new investors
        • Glossaries
        • FAQs Sources
        • Maximizing Your Internet Browser with Bookmarks
      • News You Can Use
        • Large news organizations
        • Newspapers
        • Magazines
        • Scholarly journals
        • Electronic newsletters
      • Practicing with Your New Investment Information
        • Join the club! Become a member of an investment club
        • No cost investment simulations
    3. Warnings about Online Frauds, Schemes, and Deceptions
      • Don't Believe Everything You Read
      • If an Offer Seems Too Good to Be True, It Usually Is
      • Checking It Out Before You Put Your Money Down
      • Determining Whether an Investment Is a Pyramid Scheme
      • What Real Financial Disclosures Include
      • Tell-Tale Signs of Dishonest Brokers
      • Where to Complain Online
      • Your Bank Account Number, Security, and the Internet
  • Part II: Finding the Right Investments
    1. Making Your Money Work Harder
      • Using the Internet to Make Financial Planning Easier
        • The joys of compound interest
        • Investing versus playing the lottery
      • Moving Some of Your Savings to Investments
      • Calculating Your Current Assets Using the Internet
      • Accumulating Something to Invest
      • Setting — and Reaching — Your Goals
        • Setting your financial objectives
        • Where do you stand?
        • The pitfalls of paycheck-to-paycheck accounting
      • Deciding How Much Risk You Can Take
      • Establishing Your Investment Plan
      • Determining How Much You Can Invest
        • Using the Internet to control your finances
        • The shortfall problem
      • Investing in Securities That Meet Your Goals
      • Checking Out What the Experts Are Doing
      • Tracking and Measuring Your Success
      • Bulletproof Investing
    2. What's So Great about Mutual Funds?
      • Mutual Fund Mania
      • Finding Mutual Fund Information on the Internet
      • Buying Mutual Funds
        • Understanding the real cost of sales fees
        • Opening a mutual fund account
      • Selling Your Mutual Funds
      • Starting Your Mutual Fund Account with as Little as $25
    3. The Keys to Successful Internet Mutual Fund Investing
      • Mutual Fund Basics
        • Discovering the differences between open-end and closed-end mutual funds
        • Minimizing fees
          • Loading it on
          • Taking it off
      • Understanding Mutual Fund Risks
      • A Fund for You, a Fund for Me
      • Finding Facts and Figures Online
      • Locating and Reading the Prospectus
      • How to Screen Mutual Funds Online
    4. The Basics of Stocks and Rates of Return
      • Taking Stock of You
      • Understanding Stocks
      • Types of Stocks
        • Common stocks
        • Preferred stocks
        • Stock rights and warrants
      • Picking the Right Stock for the Right Goal
      • How to Read a Stock Chart or Table
      • Finder Ticker Symbols and Stock Prices Online
      • What Does the S & P 500 Have to Do with Anything?
      • Valuing Stocks
        • Valuation model input and results
        • Double-checking your Internet valuations
    5. Internet Stock Screening
      • Finding the Best Stock Using the Net
        • Choosing the criteria for your first stock screen
        • Fine-tuning your stock screen
        • Using your stock screen results
        • Important ratios for screening stocks
          • Beta
          • Book Value
          • Cash flow to share ratio
          • Current ratio
          • Debt to equity ratio
          • Dividends
          • Dividend yield
          • Earnings per share (EPS)
          • Market capitalization
          • P/E ratio
          • Price-to-book value
          • Return on equity (ROE)
          • Shares outstanding
      • Watching Out for Investment Risks
      • Using Online Stock Screens
      • Using Stock Screening Software
      • Using Those Terrific Prebuilt Stock Screens
      • Determining Your Own Investment Criteria for Stock Screens
        • Screening for growth stocks
        • Screening for income stocks
        • Screening for value stocks
      • Screening for Investment Bargains
        • Stocks selling at below book value
        • Securities selling below liquidation value
        • Stocks with low P/E ratios
        • Companies reporting deficits
        • Prospective turnaround candidates
    6. Going with Bonds: Which Type of Is Best for You?
      • Generic Features of Bonds
        • Special benefits and exposures
        • Using the Internet to find new bond offerings
        • Finding bond indexes and historical data online
        • Risks and stability
      • How Small Investors Can Make Money with Fixed-Income Investments and Bonds
      • The Four Basic Types of Bonds
        • Uncle Sam's bonds: Treasury securities
          • Internet information on Treasury securities
          • Savings bonds: The easiest way to save
        • Federal government agency bonds
        • The beauty of tax-free municipal bonds
        • Floating with corporate bonds
        • Using the Internet to screen bonds
      • Two Alternate Types of Bonds
  • Part III: Paying the Right price
    1. Online Analysis, Buying, and Selling of Mutual Funds
      • Going Online with Mutual Funds
      • Finding the Right Mix of Investments
      • Matching Mutual Funds to Your Financial Objectives
      • Using the Internet to Help You Choose the Best Funds in Each Class
        • Following a mutual fund checklist
        • How to read an online mutual fund listing
        • Assessing mutual fund performance
      • The Ratings War
        • The Morningstar rating system
        • The Value Line dual rating system
      • Using Scoreboards and Ratings
      • Forecasting Your Mutual Fund's Future
      • Buying Mutual Funds Online: No Broker Needed
      • Buying Mutual Funds Online: Using an Electronic Broker
      • The Right Time to Sell Your Mutual Funds
    2. Researching Individual Stocks Stocks
      • Finding Financial Statements Online
        • Accessing Web Sites That Specialize in Annual Reports
        • Using a search engine to find annual reports
        • Using Web sites that link to company home pages
        • Finding online annual reports: Investor supersites
        • Researching a company's SEC filing
        • Downloading SEC filings in just three clicks
      • Analyzing a Financial Statement
      • Dissecting the Annual Report
        • Reading the letter to the shareholder
        • Viewing the company overview
        • Figuring out the ten-year summary of financial figures
        • Analyzing the management discussion and analysis of operations
        • Scrutinizing the independent auditor's report
        • Examining financial statements
        • Finding out about subsidiaries, brands, and addresses
        • Perusing the list of directors and officers
        • Investing the stock price history
      • Utilizing Prepared Online Ratio Analysis
    3. Digging Deeper: Researching Investment Candidates
      • Turning Your Hunches into Investment Strategies
      • Conquering Uncertainty with Online Research
        • Gaining new investor insights with breaking news
        • Locating company profiles and related data
        • Finding Industry and statistical Information
        • Gathering economic and related data
        • Collecting market information
        • Checking out analyst evaluations
        • Tracking down earnings estimates
        • Researching historical prices
        • Forecasting earnings and the stock market level
      • Paying the Right Price
      • Getting down to fundamentals
        • Proceeding with caution
        • Analysis for value shopping
      • Getting Technical: Technical analysis
      • Market timing
    4. Valuing, Buying, and Selling Bonds Online
      • Nice and Simple: Savings Bonds
        • Where to buy bonds
        • The good and bad about savings bonds
      • Just Uncle Sam, Treasury Securities, and You
        • Buying Treasury Securities via the Internet
        • Opening Your account
        • How to buy 'em
        • Tendering your offer
        • Cashing in or rolling over your Treasury securities
        • Selling your Treasury securities
        • Online sources for more information
      • More Online Bond News, Rates of Return, and Advice
    5. Looking for the Next Big Thing: IPOs, DPOs, and DRIPs
      • Looking for Investment Opportunities: IPOs
        • Getting the scoop on IPOs
        • Understanding the limitations of IPOs
        • Finding IPO news and research on the Internet
        • Finding online brokers that specializes in IPOs
        • Including IPOs in mutual funds
      • Be Your Own Broker with Direct Public Offerings (DPOs)
        • Recognizing the limitations of DPOs
        • Buying DPOs
        • Trading direct public offerings online
      • Buying Stock in a Direct Purchase Plan (DPP)
      • Buying That First DPP Share
      • Profiting with Dividend Reinvestment Plans (DRIPs)
        • Additional features of DRIPs
        • Not all DRIPs are alike
        • How to get your first DRIP share
        • Selecting the right DRIP
  • Part IV: Making More Money on the Internet
    1. Brokers and Online Trading
      • Finding a Brokerage Firm
      • Checking Out Prospective Brokers
      • Getting Online Trading Servicess for Less
        • Trading online for $15 or less
        • Finding online brokers with no or low initial account minimums
      • Checking Out Online Brokers Special Features
      • Rating Online Brokers
      • How to Open Your Online Brokerage Account
      • Increasing Profits with Simple Order Specification Techniques
      • The Dangers of Day Trading
        • What is day trading?
      • Spotting the Signals for Day Trading
      • Having What It Takes to Be a Day Trader
      • Gearing Up for Day Trading
        • Getting ready (to day trade)
        • Getting set (to make the investment decision)
        • Going! (Placing the order)
    2. Online Portfolio Tracking
      • Why Manage Your Investments?
      • Tracking the Right Information
      • Your Portfolio Management Options
      • Using Web-based Portfolio Management Programs
        • MSN Investor
        • Stockpoint
        • Telescan Wall Street City
        • Thomson Investors Network
        • Reuters Money Network
        • The Wall Street Journal Interactive Edition
        • Zack's Investment Research
      • Following Online News with Portfolio Tracking
        • Business news
        • Portal portfolio management
          • Yahoo! portfolio management
          • Excite
      • Using PC-Based Portfolio Management Software
        • Personal software programs
          • MS Money 99 Financial Suite
          • Quicken Deluxe 99
        • Portfolio management software programs
      • Using Online Brokerage-Based Portfolio Tracking
      • Keeping the Winners and Selling the Losers: Measuring Performance
  • Part V: The Part of Tens
    1. Ten Signals to Sell
      • Know When to Fold
      • Set Profit-Taking Goals
      • You Can't Be Right All the Time
      • If the Stock Is Going Nowhere, Get Going
      • Don't Be Fooled by P/E Spurts
      • Watch Interest Rates
      • Keep an Eye on Economic Indicators
      • Watch what the Insiders Are Doing
      • If the Company or Fund Changes
    2. Ten Green Flags for Buying
      • Buy If the Stock Is at Its Lowest Price
      • Check Out the Earnings Forecast
      • Watch for Stocks That Are Trading under Book Value
      • Beware of Firms with High Long-Term Debt
      • Invest in Entrepreneurial Companies
      • Invest in Industry Leaders
      • Buy Good Performers
      • Select Your P/E Ratio Strategy
        • Low P/E and high dividend approach
        • High P/E ratios are worth the price
      • Look for String Dividend Pay-Out Records


Investing Online for Dummies

Reviewed by Roland Buresund

Bad ** (2 out of 10)

Last modified: May 21, 2007, 3:09 a.m.

Too american to be of any use. Disregard.


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