May 9, 2024

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A stock represents ownership in a company and is a type of security that signifies an equity interest. When you own a stock, you essentially own a part of the company, including a share of its assets and profits. Stocks are bought and sold on stock markets, such as the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) or the NASDAQ, and their prices can fluctuate based on market conditions, company performance, and economic factors. Investors can profit from stocks through capital gains, which occur when the price of the stock increases above the purchase price, and from dividends, which are payments made from the company’s profits to its shareholders.

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Jenna Lofton, an expert in stock trading, investing, and financial planning, combines over a decade of experience with rigorous academic training. Holding dual MBAs in Finance and Business Administration from the University of Maryland, Jenna's expertise is grounded in a deep understanding of the financial markets. Her career, which started on Wall Street, has evolved into empowering others through her insights and analyses in the dynamic world of finance.

Based in New York City, Jenna's approach is informed by her hands-on experience as a former financial advisor and her keen observation of market trends. She is known for translating complex financial concepts into actionable strategies, making her a valuable resource for both seasoned investors and newcomers to the stock market. Her commitment to financial literacy and her ability to demystify investment principles have made her a respected and authoritative voice in the investment community.

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