Giving Stock

Q: When I was a kid, my grandfather gave shares of stock to his grandkids—actual stock certificates. He thought it would help us learn to be better investors. I remember how I loved to look at those colorful and intricately engraved pieces of paper. Is it still possible to give stock certificates today?
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Making the most of a bad market

In case you hadn’t noticed, the stock market has been under a little pressure lately. The S&P 500 index has fallen 10% from its all-time high on September 21. The tech-heavy NASDAQ index has been hit even harder, dropping 15% from its high on August 29. The market’s sharp drop has raised the anxiety level for some investors. I have had several people ask me if this is the start of a bear market. I always tell them the same thing: I don’t know. Nobody does. The pundits who try to tell you otherwise are simply fooling themselves.
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So, You Want to be a Day-trader

Q: My wife and I have had some success trading stocks and we want to start doing it full-time. I believe we have sufficient capital and we’ve been taking an online course through a reputable discount brokerage firm. What advice can you give me (other than telling me not to do it)?
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