Basics on Stock Symbols

All securities listed on either the New York Stock Exchange, the American Stock Exchange, or the NASDAQ system are identified by a unique stock symbol or ticker symbol. The stock ticker symbol appears on the “ticker tape” that scrolls across the bottom of most financial news programs whenever the stock is traded. A stock’s symbol also provides the investor with some basic information about the company.


Annuities are generally sold as a way to accumulate assets for retirement (with taxes deferred until money is withdrawn), and/or as a convenient method for delivering income during retirement. They generally come highly recommended by sales agents due to the large commissions the agents receive.