Investing

In Graphics: What Is a Stock?

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Successful investing can make you rich — or at the very least it is one step towards achieving your financial goals. But being a successful investor requires neither time-travel skills enabling you to purchase Google (GOOG) stock at $80 a pop, norĀ a crystal ball that will show you the next hot asset class. It simply requires knowledge and perseverance. To make investment choices that ultimately pay off, you need to start by knowing the fundamentals. It’s a step many investor wannabes skip, since… well, studying the basic terms and trends is not exactly entertaining. We thought one way of helping you get a jumpstart on your basic investing terminology is a series of infographics that explain, visually, basic concepts. First up: what is a stock?