A Beginner's Guide to the Stock Market

Matthew R. Kratter

A Beginner's Guide to the Stock Market



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The stock market is considered to be the greatest opportunity-machine ever created. To take advantage of it, however, it is necessary to have a good understanding of the mechanisms that regulate it, the possible pitfalls, and the mistakes that others have already made, so as not to gamble away your savings. In the book, A Beginner's Guide to the Stock Market, Matthew R. Kratter provides a simple and concise explanation of the basics of stock trading, including practical examples, such as how to open a brokerage account, buy shares, and generate passive income. Furthermore, he provides a series of ideas and suggestions for developing your own trading strategy, based on how you see yourself as an investor, and what objectives you want to achieve. 

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Analysis and key concepts


The stock market is a complex system: learning how it works is essential if you want to make the most of it


The stock market is a predictive mechanism, and the price of shares depends on several factors


Starting to trade is easy: first you need a broker or brokerage account


Investing in an index is a simple and fairly safe passive investment, but it takes time before it pays off


Investing in dividend stocks is one of the best ways to increase your wealth


Knowing the P / E of a stock helps you to understand what the value of that company is, and decide on an appropriate investment strategy


Growth stocks and IPOs are not investments for beginners but, if mastered, can be profitable


Avoiding some rookie mistakes will help you to continue trading more, and to be more successful




Take-home message

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Many useful tips to:

  • Understand how the stock market works. 
  • Become familiar with different trading strategies.
  • Learn the basics of building your own investment strategy.

Matthew R. Kratter is the best-selling author of several books on financial investing and trading. He has over twenty years of trading experience, and was also a founding member and manager of Clarium, the hedge fund of multibillionaire Peter Thiel. He is the founder of Trader University where he teaches how to trade stocks, options, futures, and bitcoins, as well as some of the best stock trading strategies.

Publishing house:

Independently published