There are dozens of stock brokerage houses in the United States. But four major firms stand out because of their name, offerings, their total amount of client assets, and the number of clients they serve. They are often referred to as the “big four brokerages.” Each of these firms—Charles Schwab,Continue Reading


Flush with cash, Apple Inc. (AAPL) has been repurchasing shares of its stock as a means of trying to boost the share price and provide shareholder value. This may also be seen as a sign by some that the tech giant views the potential return on its stock as a better investmentContinue Reading


For investors in a company, it can be pretty exciting to hear that a stock you own is about to be split, as it indicates the company’s value has outgrown its share price. While it doesn’t actually make your investment any more valuable in and of itself, new investors mayContinue Reading


Buying back or repurchasing shares can be a sensible way for companies to use their extra cash on hand to reward shareholders and earn a better return than bank interest on those funds. However, in many cases, share buybacks are seen as just a ploy to boost reported earnings—since thereContinue Reading