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  1. The Stock Market Is it Gambling or Something More?

  2. Clips from Wall Street • “Greed is Good” • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-TlIt6yJVHU&feature=related • http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xex9rz_gordon-gekko-greed-is-good-full-spe_shortfilms • http://www.americanrhetoric.com/MovieSpeeches/moviespeechwallstreet.html

  3. Some Words To Understand • Earnings per Share: The amount of profit to which each share is entitled.  • IPO: Short for Initial Public Offering. • Market Cap: The amount of money you would have to pay if you bought ever share of stock in a company. • Share: A share represents an investor's ownership in a "share" of the profits, losses, and assets of a company. • Ticker Symbol: A short group of letters that represents a particular stock (e.g., "Coca Cola" is referred to as "KO".)

  4. When you think of the Stock Market you tend to fall into one of two places • Know that they should invest for the long run, but don’t know where to begin • Feel like investing is some form of black magic • Investment is along the lines of blind faith • Believe that it is a form of gambling • Think that if you invest you are bound to lose money • Why would they think that?

  5. Why do Companies Issue Stock? • Raising money to expand • Two Options What are they?

  6. Some More Vocab • Bear Market: Slang for when the stock market is in a general, prolonged period of falling stock prices. • Bull Market: Slang for when the stock market is in a general, prolonged period of rising stock prices. • Dividend: A dividend is a portion of a company's earnings that is paid out to shareholders on a quarterly or annual basis. • Exchange: An exchange is a place in which options, futures, and shares in stocks, bonds, indexes, and commodities are traded.

  7. And a few more… • Index: An index is a benchmark which is used as a reference marker to which financial performance is measured and compared against. • Institution: A word used to describe any company, brokerage house, or entity that is not an individual. • Sector: A group of stocks that are in the same business • Volume: The number of shares of stock traded during a particular time period.

  8. 4 Reasons Prices Fluctuate • The 4 most common things that cause these price-swings. (In other words, we are answering the question • "Why do the stocks of good businesses sometimes sell below or above their intrinsic value?) • 1.) The investor vs. the speculator • 2.) The commodity nature of stocks • 3.) Life (it sounds general, but it will make more sense later) • 4.) Temporary Problems

  9. Let’s Take A Look At Some Stocks Two Sites You might Want to Check out… • http://www.google.com/finance • http://money.cnn.com/data/markets/