How to Invest

Welcome to our free How To Invest guide, a series of short, easy-to-read articles to help you learn the stock market.

You'd like to invest. You want to build wealth. Yet you find yourself in a maze of jargon and conflicting advice. How do you know who to trust and how do you enter a world of people who speak a different language? ETF, mutual funds, IRA, inflation, taxes—so much to learn!

You don't need a degree in finance to learn how to invest your money in stocks. You're eager, intelligent, and thoughtful. You need plain, clear explanations of the most important concepts. We never talk down to beginners. We're all learning how to invest, and we think you should be proud for starting your investment journey here.

Our library of investing articles will help you build your knowledge and your confidence. Apply these lessons and your investments will grow over the long term—it's how to make money in the stock market for beginners, novices, and anyone willing to learn!

How to Invest Articles

  1. What is a Cyclical Business?
  2. What Makes a Risky Investment Risky?
  3. What is an Economic Moat for a Stock?
  4. Is There a Secret Formula to Pick Good Stocks?
  5. What is a Safe Investment?
  6. Why Do Companies Perform Stock Buybacks?
  7. How Do You Double Your Investment?
  8. What is a Good Annual Rate of Return?
  9. When Should You Sell a Good Stock?
  10. When is the Right Time to Buy a Stock?
  11. Always Choose Employer Matching 401k Contributions
  12. Should You Invest in ETFs?
  13. What Makes Good Stocks Good?
  14. When Should You Open a Roth IRA?
  15. What is dollar cost averaging?
  16. Are Annuities Good Investments?
  17. What is a Small Cap Stock?
  18. How Should You Invest $1000?
  19. What is Liquidity and Why Does it Matter?
  20. Should You Invest in Insurance Stocks?
  21. What is a Tenbagger Stock?
  22. What is the Difference Between Trading Stocks and Investing?
  23. How Do Stock Brokers Make Money?
  24. What is the Book Value of a Stock?
  25. What is the myRA Retirement Savings Account?
  26. What Did Quantitative Easing Do to the Stock Market?
  27. What is the Current Ratio and Why Does It Matter?
  28. Are Online College Stocks Worth Buying?
  29. Risks of Penny Stock Trading
  30. What is Free Cash Flow and Why Does it Matter?
  31. What is Online Stock Trading?
  32. Should You Invest in Gold?
  33. What is Discounted Cash Flow?
  34. What is a Discount Stock Broker?
  35. What is the P/E Ratio?
  36. How to Buy Dividend Paying Stocks
  37. Should Value Investors Time the Market?
  38. Why Do Companies Pay Dividends?
  39. How Do You Make Money with Penny Stocks?
  40. Why Does the Dow Change the Stocks it Tracks?
  41. What is the Stock Market?
  42. Should You Buy Stocks Online?
  43. What is a Hedge Fund?
  44. Buy the S&P Index Fund
  45. What is the Share Price of a Stock?
  46. Is Buying Stocks Online Safe?
  47. Understanding Investments Risk
  48. What is an Index Fund?
  49. What is a Stock Dividend?
  50. Stock Market How To
  51. What is Investment?
  52. Why Do Some Companies Not Pay Dividends?
  53. The Current Price of Silver Today
  54. What Do Stock Symbols Mean?
  55. Stocks and the Fiscal Cliff
  56. Facebook Stock Price and Value
  57. Stock Brokers and Investment Brokers
  58. Should You Invest in the Highest Dividend Paying Stocks?
  59. Should You Invest in Gold or Silver?
  60. Find a Great Investing Book
  61. Learn the Stock Market
  62. The Best Stocks to Buy Now
  63. Should You Buy Penny Stocks?
  64. What Happened in the Stock Market Today?
  65. Benjamin Graham, Value Investor
  66. How to Invest in Stocks
  67. How to Pick Good Stocks
  68. Find a Broker
  69. When Stocks Go on Sale
  70. Happily Ignoring IPOs
  71. Margin of Safety
  72. Free Cash Flow Jitter
  73. Dividend Reinvesting
  74. All About Present Value
  75. All About Intrinsic Value
  76. Before You Buy
  77. Simplified Earnings with Cash Yield
  78. The Quick Debt and Asset Test
  79. Earnings Matter Most
  80. Rethinking Loss
  81. The Dow, S&P 500, and NASDAQ
  82. When (Not) to Pay Broker Fees
  83. What is Value Investing?
  84. The Buy and Hold Philosophy