I am currently in college and have been passively investing since I was little. For birthdays and holidays, my grandparents have given me stocks and bonds as gifts. For example, I have some Disney stocks. However, I don’t really know much beyond the gifts that I have received but am interested in learning a bit in the stock market and maybe short-term or day trading. What should I be doing or researching, and what strategies are available for college-aged students?
I need some guidance. I’m college sophomore taking an introductory course focused on investing and financial markets. I decided to take the class because my dad suggested it. He’s been a CPA for most of his life and probably expects me to take a liking to numbers, too.
Unfortunately, most of the stuff is rather uninteresting to me. More importantly, it’s all extremely hard to understand. This week we’re discussing the importance of using an index to make investment decisions. We’re supposed to identify a specific index and then present it to the wider class.
I was originally deciding between the Dow Jones and NASDAQ but came across way too much information to grasp myself. What’s the difference between the two?
I could use some quick help. I was recently at a Meetup event for novice investors, and the presenter said that he’d earned well over five figures by investing his savings over the last three years. That blew my mind. I assumed that only day traders could make that amount of money.
It also got me to thinking about a presentation I had to give this coming week to my finance and investment class. I’m supposed to define and discuss an investment strategy of my choosing, and swing trading seems like a good choice. I’m curious about how likely it is to make large profits from swing trading compared to day trading? Also, what’s the best way to present the strategy to a classroom of freshmen?
So you have a basic idea of how stocks work, at least in terms of prepping for retirement. You need to save money and invest in a 401(k) plan, have diverse holdings, hang on to stocks long-term, and so on. But what are you actually supposed to do with stocks? What are they, exactly? Yeah, they’re like owning a portion of the company, but it’s not like you can go into a company and fire people just because you’re “part owner,” right? What exactly is a stock, and why do stocks exist?
I have a few investments that I’ve inherited, and I plan to invest more when I graduate and get a job. I know that individual investors are generally advised to just stick to simple stuff and invest safely, but I also know that there are some famous investors – like Warren Buffett, for instance – who managed to make incredible fortunes in the stock market. What do those investors do that we, as individuals, can’t (or shouldn’t)? Or is there something I can learn from these big investors?
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The world of investing may seem like a foreign place to many college students. Television analysts and reporters rattle off statistics quickly and use terms that are not everyday English. But once you understand the language and what goes on, you will find the stock market is a fascinating place to make money