How to Invest: Investing 101

How to Invest - Learn How to Invest Your Money - TheStreet

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

These four stocks are showing short-term gain catalysts and longer-term growth potential.
4/24/17 7:00AM
You don't want to own these four 'toxic stocks'.
4/21/17 7:07AM
One in three S&P components are up 10% or more this year -- and these four big stocks look primed to participate in the next rally.
4/20/17 8:22AM
Institutional investors have been unloading these three stocks.
4/19/17 6:05AM
Gold prices look ready to break higher -- and these four miners are the strongest way to play the trend.
4/18/17 7:01AM
These four stocks are showing short-term gain catalysts and longer-term growth potential.
4/17/17 7:00AM
Some of the biggest energy stocks, miners and materials producers are showing serious cracks this spring. These four big commodity stocks seem destined to fall. Do you own them?
4/13/17 11:22AM
Don't get burned by penny stocks -- learn the basics here.
4/13/17 7:42AM
These four big stocks are teetering on the edge of breakout territory in April--they look primed to lead the market higher.
4/13/17 7:00AM
Funds got selective during Q1--but they kept buying these four big stocks ...
4/11/17 6:38PM
The technicals point to big upside in these four stocks.
4/11/17 7:00AM
These four stocks are showing short-term gain catalysts and longer-term growth potential.
4/10/17 7:00AM
These popular stocks are teetering on the edge of breakdown territory in April.
4/7/17 9:32AM
The S&P may be treading water, but some of Wall Street's biggest stocks are teetering on the edge of breakout territory
4/6/17 7:00AM
The stats show that being contrarian in heavily shorted large-cap stocks can pay off.
4/5/17 10:23AM