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