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Stock Market Investment Tools

Investment was once something thought of as what rich people do. Today, investing plays a key role in the financial well-being of millions of Americans. The Securities Industry Association has stated, “the growth in individual investor participation has risen from 30.2 million U.S. shareowners in 1980 to 84.3 million in 2002.” According to a survey published by the Investment Company Institute and the Securities Industry Association, the latter figure encompasses 49.5 percent of U.S. households. Yet, how many of these investors really know the ropes when it comes to making the right investment decisions? Woefully few, laments the Oregon Department of Consumer & Business Services’ Division of Finance & Corporate Securities, noting that, “Less than one-fifth of those [Americans, who may or may not have been investors] polled passed a simple test asking whether stocks, bonds, savings accounts or certificates of deposit offered the best return over the last 20 years.”

So what can you do to avoid becoming financial fodder when it comes to investing your money? As with any positive result, some effort is required — in this case, an effort to learn. Learning can be enjoyable — especially when it leads to greater profitability for your investments. Reading some of the articles we provide is an excellent way to start. Another way is to join Club EWI, which will provide you with access to many articles and services — for free. Finally, utilizing online stock market investment tools such as The INET Bookviewer®, available in HTML, Java and QuickLaunch versions, can provide you with up-to-the-minute stock market information.

Our Stock & Bond Investing section showcases a variety of products and information from numerous sources to assist you if you are or would like to become an investor in the stock or bond markets. We have collected financial data and resources you can draw upon to enhance your investor education and investing activities. See Related Links at the left margin and the Investment Center SiteMap to quickly and easily locate these resources.

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