Stocks are a type of investment that signifies ownership in a fraction of a company. Build your investment knowledge with our collection of learning paths.
Basics of stocks
The first step in stock investing is to learn the basics. Begin here and build your foundation.
All about dividends
Learn the concepts of investing in stocks that pay a dividend. With a better understanding of dividend-paying stocks you can decide what role they may play in your portfolio.
Are you curious about international stocks? There may be interesting reasons to invest outside the US. Uncover some common misconceptions about investing overseas.
Preferred stocks are hybrid securities that often deliver yields higher than those of common stocks or corporate bonds, but there is more to the story. Before you invest, learn what makes preferred securities different from common stocks and other high-yield securities.
Investing with stocks
Get a broad introduction into stock investing and some key strategies you can explore.
Key things to know about IPOs
If you are thinking about investing in an initial public offering (IPO), it's important to make a well-informed decision. Check out the info below to help determine if it may be an appropriate strategy to align with your investment goals.
Using stock tools
Optimizing our tools can help make your stock investment decisions easier. Screen stocks and learn how to research stocks based on what's important to you.
Foreign investments involve greater risks than U.S. investments, including political and economic risks and the risk of currency fluctuations, all of which may be magnified in emerging markets.
Preferred securities are subject to interest rate risk. (As interest rates rise, preferred securities prices usually fall, and vice versa. This effect is usually more pronounced for longer-term securities.) Preferred securities also have credit and default risks for both issuers and counterparties, liquidity risk, and, if callable, call risk. Dividend or interest payments on preferred securities may be variable, be suspended or deferred by the issuer at any time, and missed or deferred payments may not be paid at a future date. If payments are suspended or deferred by the issuer, the deferred income may still be taxable. See your tax advisor for more details. Most preferred securities have call features that allow the issuer to redeem the securities at its discretion on specified dates, as well as upon the occurrence of certain events. Other early redemption provisions may exist, which could affect yield. Certain preferred securities are convertible into common stock of the issuer; therefore, their market prices can be sensitive to changes in the value of the issuer's common stock. Some preferred securities are perpetual, meaning they have no stated maturity date. In the case of preferred securities with a stated maturity date, the issuer may, under certain circumstances, extend this date at its discretion. Extension of maturity date will delay final repayment on the securities. Before investing, please read the prospectus, which may be located on the SEC's EDGAR system, to understand the terms, conditions, and specific features of the security.
There are risks associated with investing in a public offering, including unproven management, and established companies that may have substantial debt. As such, they may not be appropriate for every investor. Customers should read the offering prospectus carefully, and make their own determination of whether an investment in the offering is consistent with their investment objectives, financial situation, and risk tolerance.
Stock markets are volatile and can fluctuate significantly in response to company, industry, political, regulatory, market, or economic developments. Investing in stock involves risks, including the loss of principal.
Fidelity Brokerage Services LLC, Member NYSE, SIPC, 900 Salem Street, Smithfield, RI 02917