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Investing Based on Principles: Tuning Out the Financial Porn

Investing Princples
Getting financial info from a newspaper. How quaint.

With the advent of the Internet, stock investing was suddenly democratized. In a very few short years, it became possible for “regular folk” to invest directly in the stock market. Individual investors were no longer obliged to trade through a stock broker. Mutual funds didn’t need to be bought through a bank. Fees and returns could be compared easily. Information about companies financial situations was available for anyone who took the time to visit a company’s website and spend the time reading the vast quantities of information posted there. All of this is great; more information is always better, right?

Well, no. Especially when you’re getting started. Too much information quickly becomes confusing, and very shortly thereafter, overwhelming.

Like anything else, too much information is a bad thing. (Caveat: This is true unless you’re a professional investor, or investing is your chosen hobby.)

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Economic Indicators Primer

Economic indicators: what they are, and what they tell us

Economic Indicators
How is the economy gauged? Not with these.

Economic indicators are used to gauge the state of the economy. There are three types of indicators that are considered when looking at the economy: past, present, and future. These economic indicators are referred to as lagging, coincident, and leading indicators, respectively. Here is a quick and dirty explanation of each, along with a few examples.

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