How to Invest in Stocks

Welcome to our free How To Invest guide: articles to help you navigate the stock market as a self-directed value investor.

You don't need a degree in finance to learn how to invest in stocks. You need plain, clear explanations of the most important—and practical—concepts.

Even though finance and investing sometimes seems like maze of jargon and conflicting advice (ETFs! REITs! Index funds! Penny stocks! Inflation! Taxes!), you can learn how to invest money and make money in the stock market on your own.

How to Invest Articles

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