In Graphics: What Is a Stock?

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, nor 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. First up: what is a stock?


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