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There are more than 15,000 publicly-traded companies listed on the stock exchanges in the U.S. Even if we ignore smaller and volatile penny stocks and only focus on the three main exchanges, NYSE, NASDAQ, and OTCM (Over The Counter Markets), there are still more than 6,000 individual stocks every investor has to review and choose from. More experienced investors have already learned and come up with a process to narrow down their focus to only a small set of companies on their watchlist. However, if you are a new investor, facing more than 6,000 stocks feels confusing and overwhelming. Where does a new investor start from? And, what criteria should you use to find a starting list of companies to build a portfolio?
Launching Stock Card's "Stocks For Beginners" collection
When started the process, we asked our first-time users and investors what matters to them the most, and came up with four criteria to screen the universe of 15,000 publicly-traded companies for the gems that are worthy of the attention of a beginner investor:
The result of the above screening is a list of more than 64 stocks that you can easily access, play around, and build your own starter portfolio. There is no guarantee that these 64 stocks continue to grow and not lose value. After all, we are dealing with the stock market that fluctuates by nature. However, these 64 stocks give a starter investor a chance to create a portfolio with less risk and more stability. Have a look at the Stocks For Beginners collection today: