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The Stock Market

Whether you're an economics wiz or don't know your NASDAQ from your Dow Jones, these articles will give you a deeper understanding of the forces at play in the stock market.

How Electronic Trading Works

Millions of people trade billions of shares of stock every day on a collection of computer systems that are incredibly reliable and, very nearly, inerrant. Learn about the complex world of electronic trading.

Twinkies' Maker Hostess Going Public. Snack Cakes for Everyone!

There's a sugary, sweet resurgence happening for Twinkies and its Hostess buddies. Learn what's next for the snack cakes at HowStuffWorks Now. See more »

How Margin Accounts Work

Margin accounts allow you to borrow the money to buy stock. Learn about this risky investment option in How Margin Accounts Work. See more »

What is a margin call?

A margin call is one of the risks of the stock market. Learn how investors end up having to pay margin calls at HowStuffWorks. See more »

10 of the Biggest IPOs in History

Ten of the biggest IPOs are explained in this article. Learn about 10 of the biggest IPOs. See more »

10 Biggest IPO Flops in History

The 10 biggest IPO flops are explained in this article. Learn about the 10 biggest IPO flops. See more »

How does oil speculation raise gas prices?

Oil speculation can raise gas prices in an unstable market, but how does this happen exactly? Find out why oil speculation can raise gas prices. See more »

Day trading is buying and selling securities in the same day. Day traders take advantage of small price shifts. Learn about day trading. See more »

How the NASDAQ Times Square Display Works

The NASDAQ Times Square display is notable because it is the largest continuous sign in Times Square. Read about the NASDAQ Times Square display. See more »

How the NASDAQ MarketSite Works

The NASDAQ MarketSite is an amazing facility that can send direct feeds out to all of the separate news organizations. Learn about the NASDAQ MarketSite. See more »


NASDAQ IPOs allow a company to go public on the stock market to sell stock and raise cash. Learn about how IPOs and NASDAQ IPOs work. See more »