A beginners’ guide to the stock market, along with up-to-date price data and the latest news.

If you’re completely new to stocks, this page offers a beginner-friendly guide to take you through everything you need to know. And for more experienced investors there are links to in-depth market analysis and live price data.
Updated: May 2, 2024

Stocks guides

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Then the first step is always to sign up to an online broker. Stock brokers allow users to buy, sell, and trade stocks in a variety of ways – with some platforms supporting options such as CFD trading, ETFs, mutual funds, ISAs, and other financial products.

Whatever your goals, it’s important to understand the different types of stocks available, which companies you can get shares in, and how to choose the right broker. Taking the time to consider these things helps you make wiser choices when investing your money, and the links below each take you to detailed guides on these topics.

Buy stocks in companies

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Buy 3M Shares 2024 Buy AB InBev Shares 2024 Buy Abbott Laboratories Stock 2024 Buy Adidas Shares 2024 Buy AIG shares 2024 Buy Alpha FX Shares 2024 Buy American Electric Shares 2024 Buy American Express Shares 2024 Buy American Resources Corp Shares 2024 Buy American Water Works Shares 2024

Stockbroker platforms

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Best performing stocks types

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Best 3D printing stocks 2024 Best 5G stocks 2024 Best aerospace stocks 2024 Best airline stocks 2024 Best artificial intelligence stocks 2024 Best automotive stocks 2024 Best bank stocks 2024 Best battery stocks to buy 2024 Best beer stocks 2024 Best biotech stocks 2024

Best online brokers per country

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Best forex brokers in Greenland 2024 Best international trading platforms 2024 Best online brokers in Algeria 2024 Best online brokers in Argentina 2024 Best online brokers in Austria 2024 Best online brokers in Bangladesh 2024 Best online brokers in Belgium 2024 Best online brokers in Bulgaria 2024 Best online brokers in Croatia 2024 Best online brokers in Cyprus 2024

A beginners’ guide to the stock market

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What are stocks?

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A stock (or a share) is a unit representing part ownership of a publicly-traded company. Shares in such companies are traded on stock exchanges, with the price set by supply and demand: if more people buy a stock then its price will go up, whereas if lots of people sell their shares then the price will fall. 

Companies issue stock in order to raise money to grow and expand; instead of borrowing money and having to pay it back with interest, a business can create and sell shares. This essentially means trading a percentage of the company for capital which can be invested in anything from new machinery or staff to research and development or marketing campaigns.

Stocks are a great way for regular people to invest their money for the future, as shares in companies that perform well over time will rise in value with the business’ success. Building a portfolio of stocks helps people pursue long term goals such as owning a house or retiring; alternatively, stocks can also be traded in the short term in pursuit of quick profits.

How do I make an investment?

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There are two main ways to invest in the stock market: buying shares as an investment to hold for the long term, or trading stocks frequently as their prices rise and fall in the short term. Which of these approaches is right for you will depend on your investment goals and the amount of time you want to spend pursuing them.

Latest stocks & shares news >

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Keep up-to-date with all the latest news from stock markets around the world. Our team is constantly publishing news updates as events unfold, so you can build your investment strategy on reliable information.

Innovative Eyewear stock soars 500%: explore why
Innovative Eyewear Inc (NASDAQ: LUCY) is up nearly 500% at writing even though there hasn’t been any particular news to catalyse that kind of a rally in shares of the smart glasses company. Innovative Eyewear stock trading volume is up massively $LUCY did not post a press release or file with the Se
Cramer says Nike should be scared about Deckers Outdoor
Famed investor Jim Cramer is all praise for Deckers Outdoor Corp (NYSE: DECK) that surpassed $1,000 per share for the first time after posting its quarterly earnings report on Friday. Cramer says HOKA is an incredible brand Cramer agrees that HOKA is not comparable to Nike in terms of sales but said
Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF): insiders are selling the stock
Abercrombie & Fitch (NYSE: ANF) stock price has surged to a record high as investors wait for its first quarter earnings scheduled for May 29th. It soared to a high of $150, bringing the year-to-date gains to 70%. It has also jumped by over 553% in the past 12 months, making it the best retail [
Is Bank of America's stock rally here to stay?
Bank of America Corp (NYSE:BAC) has been on a remarkable journey, experiencing a robust rally in its stock price since October 2023. The bank’s latest quarterly earnings report for Q1 2024 surpassed Wall Street expectations, driven by growth in both net interest income and noninterest income,
Intuit stock down 9.0% on Q3 earnings: buy the dip?
A 9.0% decline in Intuit Inc (NASDAQ: INTU) following its quarterly earnings report last night is worth buying, as per a UBS analyst. Intuit stock could climb to $670 Intuit stock is taking a hit this morning because the management’s guidance for the current quarter failed to impress the market. Sti
Verastem opened 70% down on Friday: what happened?
Verastem Inc (NASDAQ: VSTM) opened nearly 70% down this morning even though the pharmaceutical firm reported positive interim data for its combination therapy as a treatment of pancreatic cancer.  Here’s what is hitting $VSTM today The oncology company commenced a regulatory submission aimed a
Chimera Investment Corp. at all-time lows: Buy or avoid?
Chimera Investment Corporation (NYSE:CIM) has underperformed most mortgage REITs over the past year, with its stock reaching an all-time low below $11.50 as of May 24, 2024. This decline reflects a challenging environment for mortgage REITs, driven by rising interest rates and economic uncertainties
Walmart parts ways with Capital One
Walmart Inc (NYSE: WMT) is in the green at writing after announcing an end to its years-long agreement with Capital One Financial Corp (NYSE: COF).  What does it mean for existing cardholders? $COF has been exclusively issuing Walmart Consumer Credit Cards since 2019.  Last year, however, the r

Market analysis >

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Our experts help you see beyond the headlines with regular analysis pieces to help you spot value in the markets. Read our latest articles before deciding where to invest your money.

Very bad news for Bumble and Match Group stocks
Dating apps are in trouble. Bumble (NASDAQ: BMBL) stock price has collapsed by over 22% in 2024 and by over 86% from its all-time high. Similarly, Match Group (NASDAQ: MTCH) share price is down by almost 20% this year and by over 80% from its all-time high. The two companies have shed over $18 billi
Is the Warner Bros (WBD) stock too cheap to ignore?
Warner Bros. Discovery (NASDAQ: WBD) stock price remained under intense pressure this month as concerns about the company’s future continued. It closed at $7.73 on Friday, down from its all-time high of $78.11. Its valuation has tumbled to less than $20 billion.  Undervalued but risky In my last art
Trump Media (DJT) stock: avoid this future dilution machine
Trump Media & Technology (NASDAQ: DJT) stock price has been in the spotlight in the past few weeks as investors watched its financial results, the recent Trump trial, and presidential polls. It was trading at $45.8 on Friday, up by over 101% from its lowest point in April.  Prepare for dilu
CAVA Group stock price forecast ahead of earnings: buy or sell?
CAVA Group (NASDAQ: CAVA) stock price has surged to a record high as investors compare it with Chipotle Mexican Grill (NYSE: CMG). It soared to a high of $82.82, which was 182% above its lowest level in 2023. This jump has brought its total market cap to over $10 billion. Comparisons with Chipotle C

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Max was the Editor of Education for Invezz from 2019-2021, overseeing the wider investment educational strategy. He has written for financial publications for over 5 years,... read more.