What about stocks

What they are

■ Stock symbolize possession of a corporation. Stockholders possess a share of the company and are permitted to a share of the profits as well as a vote in how the company is run.

 How earnings are made

■ Company profits may be divided among shareholders in the form of dividends. Dividends are typically paid quarterly.

■Larger profits can be made through an augment in the value of the stock on the open market.

Advantages

■If the market value goes up, the gain can be substantial. You could buy a stock at $20 per share and in months or days it could go up to $40 per share which means you made a $20 profit.

■Money is easily accessible.

Disadvantages

■ If market value goes down, the loss can be substantial.

■ Choosing and managing stock often necessitates study and the help of a good brokerage firm.

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