Beginner Investing/First time investing



Thank you in advance for your time. I was wondering, with all the craziness on the internet and the world today it seems nothing is certain but, it is wise for people to still invest otherwise we would not have a market! But, obviously I don't want to lose money but where would you suggest putting money to start? For example, often you hear of Mcdonald's or Apple stock being highly valued etc. where do people buy that? Can anyone buy it? What about penny stocks? How would a person know where to go and how to buy? Let's say for example I was only going to want to spend $100 to start just to see how things work and if I lost it - it would not be the end of the world. Is that do-able? Any suggestions on how or where to begin would be greatly appreciated.

Hi V,

Knowing how and where to place trades is the easy part.  Knowing how to do it well is the difficult part.  Before you invest any money, you should read the Intelligent Investor by Benjamin Graham.  He is the guy who taught Warren Buffett how to invest.


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