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Profiting (capital and dividends)

How does one make a profit on the stock market?

There two ways for an investor to make a profit in the stock market. One way is to buy a stock and then sell it at a higher price. This is called capital appreciation. The second way is to receive dividends, which many companies pay twice a year from their profits.​​


Typically, an investor will profit from both of these, although dividends are often not taken seriously. The reason for this is that the first few dividend payments are fairly small, equalling a percent or three of the actual share price. However, dividends can start to become significant within five or ten years, relative to the price paid for the share.​​​

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