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How to Invest: Investing 101

How to Invest: Investing 101

Learn How to Invest Your Money

Whether you've inherited a windfall or you're socking-away a little bit of money from each paycheck, one thought might be on your mind: How to invest.

Thankfully, learning how to invest is simpler that most folks realize. You don't need to be an active trader to be a successful investor -- in fact, for those new to investing (and even for seasoned investors), it's probably best to keep your "money moves" at a minimum.

While the saying holds true that the best time to start investing was "yesterday," don't feel rushed into making investments that you don't fully understand.

Take some time to read the articles below: They discuss the stock market, bond market, mutual funds, exchange-traded funds (ETFs) and other financial basics -- all written for beginners. Once you learn to invest, you can act with confidence and set yourself on a path to financial freedom.

Looking for More Advanced Concepts?

If you already have the basics of investing down pat, and you're more interested in actively-trading stocks, we have additional guides for you. For instance, you may enjoy these primers on technical analysis.


Looking for Basic Terms?

If you're having any difficulty following along in these guides, you may want to glance over our dictionary of financial terms. Here, you'll find nearly 200 definitions -- written in plain English -- that explain the most important terms tossed around daily on Wall Street.


Looking for Investment Ideas?

If you've made it through these guides (no cheating, folks) and are looking for some specific investment ideas (remember, skipping ahead is only cheating yourself), then give TheStreet Ratings a look. We rate over 20,000 mutual funds, 5,000 stocks and 1,000 ETFs.

Remember, don't take stock and fund recommendations as gospel -- instead, use them as a starting point for your own research. Successful investors have confidence in their own analysis. Never stop learning and trust in yourself.

Money Basics: Money 101

Investing Basics: Investing 101

Bond Basics: Bonds 101

Stock Market Basics: Stocks 101

Mutual Fund Basics: Funds 101

Hedge Fund Basics: Hedge Funds 101

ETF Basics: ETFs 101

Economic Basics: Economics 101

Commodities Basics: Commodities 101

Business Basics: Business 101

Investment Ideas

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Don't get burned by penny stocks -- learn the basics here.
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In the last 278 weeks, our weekly list of five plays has outperformed the S&P 500's record run by 78.91%.
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For investors looking to buy one of these positions, it makes sense to wait for more favorable technical conditions (and a lower share price) before piling in.
12/12/14 12:29PM
Here's a close technical look at five big stocks to trade for gains.
12/11/14 11:08AM
It's important to always be monitoring insider activity but twice as important to make sure the trend of the stock matches up with the insider buying.
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When investors get emotionally involved with the names in their portfolios, they do the wrong thing.
12/10/14 6:00AM
Why all the outperformance from REITs? It all comes down to interest rates.
12/9/14 12:37PM
For selective investors, more upside looks likely in the months ahead.
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It's time to unload these stocks from your portfolio.
12/5/14 11:14AM
Skilled technical traders can bank gains as much as 90% of the time.
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Professional investors took a step back from their defensive posturing in the most recent quarter, opting to pick up shares of two big IPOs.
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Lots of individual names are starting to look "bottomy" as laggards suddenly shift into playing catch-up with the S&P 500.
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Statistically speaking, December is the strongest month of the year.
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