Investing First Steps
Many people are anxious to get started investing, but oftentimes aren't even exactly sure what that means. Many people think of the stock market when they think of investing, but there are many options out there with various benefits and risks. All of these investment vehicles are generally presented as options to try to maximize returns while minimizing risk. No one product is right for all, or even most people.
The number one favor any prospective investor can do before diving in is to research as much as possible. You would never purchase a car or house without doing research, so it only makes sense that you wouldn't take your hard earned money and just put it somewhere and hope things turn out for the best. Despite this, that is exactly what many people do. Most people do not want to be bothered with their finances and often find out their actual portfolio and returns look nothing like what they thought they did.
This site is designed to give you a very minimal primer for those who don't even know the basics of investing. We hope to help make your transition from neophyte to investor as smooth and painless as possible. We are not investment advisers and all information is presented as a general guide. All investment decisions should be taken after considerable study and research.
Over the course of a lifetime, you will be faced with many investing decisions. You may be interested in investing money while in college when you are young. Another milestone in life is buying your first house, which may require creative real estate investing.