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There's no such thing as easy money. Here are a few things you need to know about the stock market and investing your funds.

picture of coinsStock market investing is a very hot topic these days. It seems that almost everyone that has a couple hundred dollars of available savings money wants to take a run at getting rich in the markets. I have my own opinions about the stock markets, how they perform and what their future may hold overall.

I won't go on record here as making a suggestion one way or the other about if you should invest in stocks or not. I just want to tell you about one aspect of the stock markets which can and does often offer great rewards. That aspect is called an IPO.

IPO stands for Initial Public Offering, which in regular guy language means the first time a company is offering stock shares for sale. An IPO is your ground level opportunity to buy stock in a company.

IPO's can be very financially dangerous but they can also offer astronomical returns on investment. When a company goes public, they are asking you to place your money into their hands so they can build and grow. Your single most important assignment when buying into an initial public offering is to determine if the companies you choose to invest in will actually grow and flourish down the road.

So, the first offering that I have for you is the website Hoover's IPO Central . At Hoover's, you will find the listings of companies that have filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission an announcement of an IPO. For instance, right now you can go there and see that Babcock & Brown Air Limited filed an IPO with the SEC on September 12 under the ticker symbol (FLY). Babcock & Brown plan to offer a little over 18.5 million shares of stock at a price of $22 to $24 per share. It appears that this is the first time that B&B will be offering stock for sale on an American stock exchange. You just have to decide if you think their company offers the opportunity for that share value to grow. Here's the tip: Babcock & Brown is a well established world wide financial entity well worth looking into. You heard that from me.

If you go to Hoover's to have a look around and you find a company that interests you, your next step will be to get all the background information about them that you can. Go to their website if they have one and read everything they present there. It's always a good idea to talk to an investment professional about your intentions and you can never go wrong by consulting your accountant about the tax ramifications of investing in stocks. You can also find fantastic investment information by visiting our friendly stock market gurus over at BloggingStocks and you can never go wrong by visiting the up to the second stock market tracking provided by AOL Money and Finance. Good luck and happy investing! You just might be the next Warren Buffett ... who knows?


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