Deciding What to Invest In
You know you are ready and willing to invest. Now it's time to decide in what. Make sure to:
Find the exchange-traded fund which track the performance of the industry and check out their holdings.
Select your stocks based on specific criteria (sector, industry etc.) Use a screener to further sort companies by dividend yield, market cap and other super useful metrics.
Keep up-to-date. Read stock analysis articles. Read financial news releases. Stay critical.
Types of Investments
Bonds, or fixed-income securities, are debt investments in which an investor loans money to an entity, with interest. The borrower borrows the funds for either a fixed or variable period of time.
Mutual funds are operated by money managers and should match the investor's objective. They are made up of a bunch of funds collected from many investors and the purpose is to invest in securities like stocks, bonds, etc.
Small-cap investors are the risk takers. These small companies have huge potential for growth. However - because they are often under-recognized, more research is necessary. This requires the investor to have more time available to properly crunch numbers.
Large-cap investors are more conservative - these guys like to play it safe. With their steady dividend payouts, these big-cap blue chip companies are as stable as they come
Penny stocks are super high risk because of their lack of liquidity. Beginners are often lured in to these stocks because of their crazy low share price. This allows investors to hold thousands of shares for a relatively small amount of invested capital. With a scale like that, the gain of just a few cents per share can translate into major returns.