Starter Guides

While Wall Street Survivor does offer in-depth courses on all these topics (and more!), these basic starter guides are a great place to...well...start.

BONDS STARTER GUIDES

What is a bond? How do bonds work?
Bonds are seldom as sexy as those wild-ride shares, but they're reliable money-makers. Learn about bonds and how to match them to your personal investing style.
How to Buy Bonds?
Bonds may be lower risk, but they are not risk-free. You should research bondsjust as you would stocks before purchasing them. Learn how and where to buy bonds.
The Bond Market
The bond market is where participants can issue new debt or buy and sell debt securities to provide long-term funding for public and private expenditures
Bond Index
A bond index is a method of measuring the value of a section of the bond market. Investors use it to describe the market and compare the return on investments
Bond quotes
A bond quote is the price at which a bond is trading. It’s expressed as a percentage of par value. A bond quote above 100 means the bond is trading above par.
bond rates, yields and pricing
Many new investors are surprised to learn that a bond's price fluctuates and changes on a daily basis, just like that of any other publicly-traded security.
bond calculators
A bond calculator measures the present value of a bond's cash flow (its futureinterest payments), and par value (the bond's value upon maturity).
bond premiums
A bond selling at premium is trading above its par value. It's considered premium when it offers a coupon rate higher than its prevailing interest rates
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MUTUAL FUNDS STARTER GUIDES

What are mutual funds?
A mutual fund pools money from a bunch of investors to purchase securities. Mutual funds come with advantages and disadvantages – learn the ins and outs here.
How do Mutual Funds work?
Investments are managed by a portfolio manager – they decide when to buy and sell investments. Learn about how mutual funds work and how to make money off them.
Advantages and Disadvantages?
Thinking of investing in mutual funds? It’s critical you know the advantages and disadvantages of investing in a mutual fund over a single stock.
How to buy Mutual Funds?
Thinking about investing but not sure how to buy mutual funds? The selection process is actually easier than you think. Learn how and where to buy mutual funds
Mutual Funds Ratings
Need a quick-and-dirty opinion on a fund? Get familiar with mutual funds ratings. It's important to know how a fund has performed before investing in it.
Compare Mutual Funds
Comparing mutual funds requires careful examination. To get the full picture, it's important to look at the fund's performance over a period of time.
Types of Mutual Funds
There are so many different types of mutual funds to choose from. Find out which mutual fund types are best suited to your personal investing style.
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