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Aug. 31st, 2007 | 11:02 am
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posted by: angelrose0127 in smartinvesting

ok so i am interested in investing but I don't know anything about it or even where to start looking. I'm only looking to invest a little bit at a time. I don't have a lot of $$ thanks to my college degrees. Is there a specific amount that people start with? Where would I even start? What am I supposed to look for?
Any help would be greatly appreciated
Thanks!

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from: angelrose0127
date: Sep. 1st, 2007 02:55 am (UTC)
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Thanks. I'm not sure I can afford to start with 500 but I'll definitely get those books. How would i do the research? What am I looking for?

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from: staticx1011
date: Sep. 2nd, 2007 11:44 pm (UTC)
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Sign up with an online broker... I would suggest TD Ameritrade. It doesn't cost anything to sign up or have an account, just to make trades. It should be the same for Etrade and Scottrade.

From there, you can do basic research on any stock, mutual fund, or exchange traded fund, and look at published research reports.

When you do the research... to boil it down, look for growth, look for increasing profit margins and market share, and take a look to see how much debt they are in if at all.

The usual recipe for a good stock is Growth and more growth year over year. Expanding profit margins, increasing market share, and low levels of debt.
The recipe for a terrible stock is zero growth or negative growth, less profits, and declining market share with lots of debt. In a nutshell.

The more you know before investing your money, the better your chances to come out ahead.

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