Find out how any investor can maximize trading profits - and steer clear of risk - in today's stock market. More Americans than ever are relying on the stock market for both short- and long-term profits - and demanding more and better service from the financial professionals to whom they turn. In this ruthless competitive environment, professionals must know every detail of the markets - from the fundamentals of major exchanges like the New York Stock Exchange and Nasdaq to how to place trades, structure portfolios for specific markets, explain the differences between common and preferred stock, and more."Fundamentals of the Stock Market" is a step-by-step guidebook to understanding the ins and outs of today's wide-open equities marketplace. Plain English analyses and explanations combine with checklists, charts, graphs, and more to reveal: how to identify trends that directly affect markets - and lead to major price movements; where to look for important news in today's financial media; tips of the trade - how to interpret prices, guard against risk with fundamental and technical analysis, avoid costly mistakes, and much more.From hands-on basics to advanced technical skills, "Fundamentals of the Stock Market" will give you everything you need to truly understand and profit from today's most exciting, accessible financial opportunity. Let this hands-on book - along with its companion, "Fundamentals of Investing", guides - help you build the skills and confidence for success...before you risk money in the no-room-for-error waters of real-time trading! Hone your trading skills with McGraw-Hill's "Fundamentals of Investing" series! The books include: "Fundamentals of the Futures Market" by Donna Kline; "Fundamentals of the Bond Market" by Esme Faerber; and, "Fundamentals of the Options Market" by Michael S. Williams and Amy Hoffman.