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How to Invest In The Stock Market For Beginners

How to invest in the stock market for beginners
How to invest in the stock market step by step for beginners

There comes a point when you realize that in order to build wealth it will require you to build multiple streams of income. The average millionaire has seven. The stock market is one way you can invest your earned income in order to start earning passive income and multiply your money. Here’s how to invest in the stock market step by step for beginners.

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Welcome to Franknez.com – the blog where you can digest content on personal finance, entrepreneurship, market news, and trending investing topics.

Lets get started!

I’ve been investing in the stock market since 2019.

When I learned how to open a brokerage account and buy company stock, I knew I had to show people how to do it too.

Everything I found online was outdated so I wanted to make it easy for people to start.

Benefits of investing in the stock market

One of the greatest benefits of investing in the stock market is that you get to hedge against inflation.

Inflation is at an all-time high right now and simply letting your money lose its value isn’t going to create wealth.

The stock market also provides an average return of 7%-8% annually which means those CDs and high yielding savings accounts are a thing of the past.

Even so, you can always create a portfolio bringing in 20%+ annual returns!

In June of 2021, AMC shareholders saw a whopping 3000% return on their investment at its high.

GameStop shareholders saw about half!

Although these trades are much different anomalies then traditional long-term investing, it paints a picture of the power of the market.

Let’s get you started!

#1. Set a budget when planning to invest

set a budget when investing

Before you begin to invest you will need to set a budget on your first investment(s).

The great thing about the stock market is that you can invest with as little as $50 or so depending on the cost of a share.

A share is a fraction of a company you can own and earn money from as the company grows and profits over a period of time.

Example

If you set a budget of $200 and the share of a company you want to invest in costs $50 then you can purchase (4) four shares of said company.

If a month later the shares you purchased are worth $60 each then your shares would now be worth $240, resulting in a $40 gain.

This is how investing in the stock market works.

Note: I highly recommend having your emergency fund built prior to proceeding with investing in the stock market.

It is important to highlight that the money you invest in the stock market will need to be money you can tolerate losing.

The stock market is volatile meaning the value of your assets is constantly going up and down.

Something to keep in mind is that the value of your investments can go down just as fast if not faster than they went up.

Now, this is not addressed to scare you. The stock on average has an annual return of 6-8% per year.

Why should you invest in stocks?

Investing in stocks is a great way to diversify your portfolio.

You don’t want to keep all your eggs in one basket.

For this reason, the wealthy invest in companies they believe have long-term potential to thrive and to multiply their investment.

#2. Know what to invest in

Now that you’ve set a budget you’ll need to know what you want to invest in.

Once you do, find the stock market symbol of the company on Google search engine.

If you wanted to invest in Coca-Cola for example, you’d search ‘stock market symbol for Coca-Cola’ on Google.

You’ll see that the NYSE (New York Stock Exchange) symbol for Coca-Cola is KO.

This is how you will identify and search for companies to invest in when you’re in the market to buy stocks.

Here are some different type of investments you can invest in within the NYSE.

Stocks

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How to invest in stocks for beginners

A stock is a share of a company just like Coca-Cola.

Buying a share from one specific company is a stock.

Stocks are good to purchase if you strongly believe in the continued success of your choice of company.

Invest in companies that have room to grow and are constantly innovating.

Stocks I personally favor are Tesla, Apple, and Amazon.

These tech companies are always innovating therefore I have strong conviction towards their continued growth and success.

Index Funds

Invest in index funds
How to invest in the stock market

An index fund is a fund that tracks and follows the index (growth) of a group of companies.

When you own a share of an index fund, you own a percentage of a pool of companies oppose to just one company.

What makes an index fund great is that if a company within an index fund isn’t performing very well there are other companies that may balance the overall performance of the fund resulting in a fair return.

A popular choice is the S&P500.

This index fund tracks the performance of the top 500 companies in the United States.

This type of investment tends to be a less risky and yield great profits over the long run.

It’s an investors favorite and I personally hold shares in the S&P500.

Bookmark: Retire a millionaire with the S&P500: is it possible?

REITS

Invest in REITS
How to buy REITS

A REIT (Real Estate Investment Trust Fund) is very similar to an index fund.

The only exception is that it invests exclusively in real estate companies oppose to other businesses.

If you want to invest in real estate without the hassle of learning the game, using cash up front, or getting into debt, REITs are a great way to diversify your portfolio into the real estate sector.

A great REIT I’m invested in is VNQ with Vanguard.

Which investment is right for you?

Each of these investments has their own benefits.

My suggestion is to research them individually as all of our needs are very unique.

As your skills develop as a retail investor, you’ll find yourself having a diversified portfolio consisting of all three.

Invest in the stock market and learn to identify which investment is best for you.

Price is what you pay. Value is what you get.

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#3. Choose a Brokerage Firm to Begin Investing in The Stock Market

This is the fun part.

Choose a reputable online brokerage firm.

A brokerage firm is a platform where you will be doing all of your investing through the NYSE.

Here you’ll be able to purchase stocks and sell them.

Each brokerage firm has their own customer advantages but are very similar to use.

Here is a list of brokerage firms you can open an account with and sign up for free.

Check out each brokerage firm’s website and see which feels more comfortable for you to navigate.

Do some research on each of them to see which has the strongest potential for your needs. I personally use Vanguard.

Vanguard investment - brokerage for investing
How to invest in the stock market for beginners

Note: When you purchase investments, there are small commission fees your investments will pay out to the firm.

They are very small in most cases and don’t hinder your earnings like you’d think. Vanguard has the lowest fees.

Each brokerage firm will have different commission fees and the percentage will vary in each firm.

For example: Coke (KO) will have a slightly different commission fee in every firm despite having the same share cost.

#4. Open your account

For this step-by-step on how to invest in the stock market I’m going to use Vanguard.

Vanguard is one of the most reliable brokerage accounts you can use.

how to invest with Vanguard
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How to invest in stocks for beginners

Head over to Vanguard and select ‘Open an account’.

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How to invest in stocks with Vanguard

Select ‘Start your new account’ to get started.

Vanguard Account

Choose the method you will be funding your new account. You can choose between:

  • Electronic bank transfer or another Vanguard account
  • Rollover from an employer plan (e.g., 401(k) plan)
  • Transfer investments from another financial firm

Most new retail investors will be choosing the first option, using an electronic bank transfer to fund your account.

Open a vanguard account

Before you open your account to begin investing in the stock market you’ll need your bank account and routing number as well as other personal information.

Once you’re in it’s time to transfer funds into your account.

#5. Transfer Funds Into Your Brokerage Account

Congratulations! Now that you’ve chosen a brokerage account to invest with, you’ll have the tools at your disposal to begin investing.

Navigate throughout your brokerage website. Get comfortable with where things are.

Things might seem very new at first, intimidating even.

Don’t worry, now that you’ve begun something new, you’ll begin to take the first steps toward self-education.

First, you’ll want to learn how to transfer funds into your brokerage account.

I will be demonstrating step by step how to do this using Vanguard.

Toggle the settings to connect your bank account with your brokerage account so you can start to invest in the stock market.

This direct line will allow you to transfer funds into your account so you may begin to purchase shares.

Once you have this set up you may transfer the money from your budget to invest in.

Vanguard investment

#6. Make Your Very First Investment in The Stock Market

Now that you’ve transferred your funds over to your brokerage account, navigate through the site to make your very first purchase.

Search the symbol of the stock, index, or REIT you will be investing in.

Note: Before purchasing, make sure you thoroughly navigate the website to get comfortable using it.

This will make the purchase experience a lot easier.

Once you pull up the investment, go through the details provided on the page.

You should be able to see its history, it’s projected return, its risk level, and so much more information about the investment.

Invest Vanguard

Purchase the investment!

Purchase the investment with the option set to ‘Market’.

This option will allow you to purchase the investment instantly at the price it’s worth.

We suggest doing a test purchase since this is your first time investing in the stock market.

This will help you get a feel for it. Purchase one share so you understand the process.

It will serve as good practice and experience.

Congrats on buying your first share!

Follow up on your investment the following day and see whether your investment had gains or losses.

You’ll see for the very first time how your investment grew in value or decreased in value.

You now have a taste of what it’s like to invest in the stock market.

Bookmark: My top picks of stocks to invest in right now

Final thoughts

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I have personally invested in stocks since 2019 and have learned a lot about the stock market.

In fact, I’m still learning today.

I published an article on the best tips and advice for beginners investing in stocks to further help you on your journey.

Stock investing is all about strategy.

When you make money in the stock market you may let it sit and accumulate over time, or you may cash in your profits and allocate those gains towards other opportunities.

This is why I believe investing in stocks is extremely important to someone who wants to build wealth.

The stock market allows you to multiply your hard-earned money so you may further invest it in other assets.

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SEC Spent $460K on “Investomania” Meme Stock Ad

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Market News: SEC spends nearly half a million dollars ridiculing retail investors.

The SEC spent nearly half a million dollars on the ‘meme stock’ ad campaign that ridiculed millions of retail investors.

A Twitter user had sent in a FOIA application inquiring about the costs to produce “Investomania”, the video published on the SEC’s official YouTube channel.

The agency that was established in the early 1930s to protect retail investors took a shot at millions of investors who participated in the ‘meme stock’ frenzy.

The frenzy became one of the biggest movements worldwide and exposed Ken Griffin’s Citadel, mainstream media, and the SEC in a web of conflicts of interest which catered to an array of market injustices that favored institutional investors over retail investors.

“Investomania” was a cold hit to the millions of average people who joined the stock market for the first time.

It ridiculed new investors and diminished what could possibly be one of the biggest movements in market history.

Let’s discuss it.

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Is the SEC Complicit to Market Injustices?

is the SEC complicit to market injustices?
Gary Gensler – SEC Chairman.

The SEC has put retail investor’s concerns on the backburner for over a year now ever since the ‘meme stock’ frenzy of 2021.

Although Redditors and social media participants from around the world managed to create big success by driving up the share price of AMC, GameStop, and others (BBBY, etc.), much much more was discovered during the process.

This is why retail investors simply couldn’t just walk away.

‘Meme stocks’ became the average person’s first-ever investment in the stock market which means many entered plays based on FOMO, or fear of missing out.

When these stocks began to come back down, many faced serious losses in the process.

Those who didn’t take profits argued that the stocks were heavily manipulated and suppressed from further rising.

The U.S. House Committee on Financial Services found Robinhood and Citadel negotiated in ‘blunt’ conversations the night before ‘meme stocks’ were halted.

The DTCC on the other hand waived a total of $9.7 billion of collateral deposit requirements on January 28, 2021.

This act saved institutional investors from taking further damages and completely ripped off retail investors from either cashing in larger profits or becoming profitable in the first place.

The SEC Shows a Warm Welcome to New Retail Investors

SEC Chairman Gary Gensler said in an interview with Jon Stewart that they barely have the budget for coffee at their agency, let alone the budget to fight crime in the market.

Dark pools, off exchange trading, and various other loopholes have been used to work against retail investors feeding the pockets of multi-billion-dollar hedge funds.

Many have wondered whether the SEC or Gary Gensler himself is lobbied into allowing these market injustices to occur – a fine to play if you will.

Out of all the incredible findings retail investors have brought to surface, the SEC decided to spend nearly half a million dollars to ridicule retail investors – the very same people they swore to defend, instead of tackling real market issues.

A Twitter user shared the campaigns production and advertising expenses with the retail community.

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission FY22 Public Service Campaign.
U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission FY22 Public Service Campaign.
'Investomania' advertising costs.
‘Investomania’ advertising costs.

The costs of the “Investomania” meme stock advertisement campaign also include skits on ‘crypto’, ‘margin calls’, and ‘easy money’ aimed at the retail crowd.

Former SEC Branch Chief Lisa Braganca stated she was “very disappointing to see SEC disparage investors in meme stocks as if they must have done it thoughtlessly”.

“Especially when the SEC permits most trading to take place in dark pools… how about a video about dark pools @GaryGensler?”

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Is the SEC complicit to the market manipulation that’s occurred over the decades?

What do you think was the purpose of the SEC’s ‘Investomania’ meme stock advertisement campaign?

Was it merely fun and games or do you think it was out of line?

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AMTD Digital Inc. (HKD Stock) Surges 311% on Wednesday

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Market News: HKD Stock is skyrocketing again

HKD Stock surged a massive 311% on Wednesday when the stock moved from the open of $46.01 to a close of $189.42.

AMTD Digital Inc. had skyrocketed from $13.54 to more than $2.5K in only a matter of two weeks when it peaked in August.

Sources say the stock was halted 11 times on Wednesday due to its volatility.

The Hong Kong-based financial services firm has soared more than 32,000% following its IPO in July.

And heavy buying volume seems to be triggering these massive moves.

Is there something retail can learn from this?

Let’s discuss it.

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Volume rises by more than 5,500%

HKD stock’s volume rose by more than 5,500% its daily average volume of 377K when it reached 1.5 million on Wednesday.

AMTD Digital Inc. grew nearly $27 billion in market value.

The company has approximately 187.44 million shares outstanding, significantly less than that of GameStop’s (304m) and AMC Entertainment’s (516m).

Interestingly enough, pre-IPO shareholders, directors and executive officers are subject to a lockup agreement that prevents them from selling shares until January, according to the July 15 prospectus.

AMTD Digital’s shares were also among the most actively traded stocks on the Fidelity platform on Wednesday.

Will the stock keep rising?

I’d love to hear your thoughts down below.

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Citadel Has a Long History of Market Manipulation

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Market News: Citadel and friends are entering the crypto space | Ken Griffin.

Citadel and friends are entering the crypto world very soon.

EDX Markets plans to bring ‘traditional finance’ to the crypto space, a not so ‘traditional’ space to begin with.

The exchange made up of Citadel, Sequoia, Paradigm, Virtu, Charles Schwab, and Fidelity is debuting in November.

EDX Markets will start trading a limited number of spot, crypto tokens starting with a November trial period, with the official launch in January, per Bloomberg.

Similar to trading equities and options, EDX will allow investors to buy and sell digital assets through their existing broker dealer, rather than an outside venue or directly through a crypto-native exchange. 

“We’re taking some of the best features of traditional finance and bringing it to the digital markets to make it more efficient, and bring that cost saving to investors,” Nazarali said.

Nazarali is the former global head of business development at Citadel Securities.

But as many are aware, these financial institutions have a long history of playing unfair.

Will these sharks taint the crypto space too?

Let’s look at Citadel’s market manipulation history.

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Citadel Market Manipulation

2015

In 2015, an account operated in China by the brokerage arm of US hedge fund Citadel was suspended.

It was the latest casualty of regulators’ hunt for market manipulators and short sellers at the time.

The China Securities Regulatory Commission said that the Shanghai and Shenzhen stock exchanges had suspended 24 accounts as part of a probe into high-frequency trading.

The investigation focused on a practice known as “spoofing” in which an investor submits a buy or sell order but then withdraws it before a sale is completed — a practice that can mislead investors by creating the false impression that a stock is trading at a particular price.

Citadel confirmed that one of its accounts managed by Guosen Futures was among those suspended.

2017

SEC Citadel

In 2017 Citadel paid the SEC $22.6 million to settle charges of misleading conduct.

The hedge fund misled customers about the way it priced trades.

The SEC found that between 2007 and 2010, Citadel used two algorithms to execute stock trades on customers’ behalf that gave investors a worse price for their trades, even when Citadel knew better prices existed elsewhere.

“This affected millions of retail orders,” said Stephanie Avakian, the acting director of enforcement at the SEC at the time.

Citadel neither admitted nor denied the findings.

2021

In 2021, Failure-to-Delivers (FTDs) rose dramatically in the period leading up to January 28th, 2021, a phenomenon consistent with increasing short interest by market makers such as Citadel Securities.

FTDs are indictive of naked short selling, which occurs when a short seller does not actually possess the security it is supposed to borrow.

This practice is largely inaccessible to individual investors but accessible to market makers.

At the time, Citadel, Robinhood, and others restricted retail investors from buying ‘meme stocks’ in order to prevent escalating institutional losses.

Citadel eventually lost billions after betting against AMC Entertainment in 2021.

But the entire system needs a refresh – The DTCC waived a total of $9.7 billion of collateral deposit requirements on January 28, 2021, saving brokers, and screwing up retail investors.

2022

The Chicago Tribune published a piece explaining exactly what retail investors have been warning the SEC about.

Citadel Securities’ dark pool dominates a big part of the financial world, accounting for as much as half of U.S. stock market activity.

The Chicago Tribune says this prominent dark pool is run by Chicago Billionaire Ken Griffin’s Citadel Securities and has been targeting small scale retail investors.

And they’re not wrong.

Dark pools are typically involved in payment for order flow (PFOF), where they pay broker firms to receive retail order flow.

Brokers such as Robinhood and TD Ameritrade accept payment for order flow.

But retail investors have been bringing these nefarious practices in the market to light.

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AMC is About to Squeeze According to this Indicator

AMC News Today - AMC Squeeze
Market News: AMC News today.

AMC is about to squeeze; I mean we’ve heard it all year.

Catalysts have proven to provide false hopes time and time again.

However, there’s one piece of the puzzle you cannot deny, and it’s happening right now.

If you’ve been following my latest blog articles and videos on the channel, you know I’m referring to a special indicator I personally use.

The TTM Squeeze indicator – it signals a major shift in momentum whether it’s bearish or bullish.

The signal just transitioned from bearish momentum to the beginning cycle of what could be massive bullish price action for AMC Entertainment.

I’ve been watching the weekly timeframe on AMC to identify its macro trajectory.

And it’s looking very good.

Let’s break it down together.

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TTM Squeeze transition officially confirmed

AMC TTM squeeze transition
AMC TTM Squeeze transition confirmed – Franknez.com.

AMC has officially transitioned from bearish momentum to bullish momentum on the TTM Squeeze indicator.

The chart shown above shows three green momentum candles gradually growing, signaling big price action lies ahead.

Last week I went over AMC’s history correlating its price action with the indicator on my YouTube channel.

And we can see just how accurate this data is.

If you missed that video, you may watch it below.

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In the beginning of the year of 2021, AMC’s price action took off as retail investors began to buy the stock in bulk.

That momentum is captured on the TTM Squeeze indicator.

The indicator’s momentum candles kept growing signaling AMC’s price action was not done running yet.

Eventually the momentum signal began to give ‘sell’ warnings after reaching its all-time high, indicating momentum was beginning to dissipate.

This is where we slowly see the TTM squeeze indicator transition from bullish momentum to bearish momentum (red) candles, and AMC’s price action gradually plummet.

After more than a year of downtrend, selling momentum is no longer what it was, and we can see it on the charts.

In order for AMC to have a clean rebound, these momentum candles will have to gradually get larger and larger.

If retail investors are unable to sustain this growth, then it’s very possible sellers will begin to take over again.

But because we are seeing these candles grow every week, it’s a great indication the stock is on track for big growth over the long haul.

Is AMC a buy?

is AMC a buy

According to AMC’s TTM Squeeze indicator, it’s a screaming buy.

The signal is showing AMC is on trajectory for larger price action on the weekly timeframe.

AMC has had a strong level of support in the high $8 to low $9 levels with many anticipating the stock has already hit its bottom.

But I’m curious to know what you think, leave a comment down below.

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LUNA (Terra Classic) Could Be Headed for Higher Gains

Will LUNA keep going up
Crypto News: Will LUNA keep going up?

$LUNC, Luna is making a ruckus in the crypto community as it rises from the grave.

The crypto community either brushed the cryptocurrency as another failure and walked away or took advantage of the price and bought Terra Classic at incredible lows.

Investors want to know two things.

What’s causing LUNA to go up, and will it continue to set higher levels of support?

Let’s break it down together.

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Luna Classic Community shows ambition

The Luna Classic Community on Twitter has crypto enthusiasts on both sides of the fence.

Crypto investors are either up on gains in LUNA and continue to hold the cryptocurrency or are merely on the sidelines waiting for the asset to smash through the ground.

But bigger influencers such as David Gokhshtein are skeptical stating $LUNC is a lottery ticket.

Gokhshtein was a huge supporter of the project during the surge to $80 and $100 but has since deleted all tweets prior to the crash of UST (Terra Network).

LUNA supporters are hoping to pump the crypto to $1.

And while no one can rightfully predict how high LUNA ($LUNC) can go, the cryptocurrency seems to be setting higher support levels.

Why is LUNA (Terra Classic) going up?

Why is LUNA going up?
Why is LUNA going up? Franknez.com.

Terra Classic ($LUNC) seems to be having a great deal of volume coming in.

The cryptocurrency saw more than $1 billion in daily volume in the beginning of September where it then turned into $2 billion per day.

It seems whales are moving big money into this very speculative trade and slowly pumping it in order to profit later.

Whales (big money) are the ones who have the power to move the markets so it would only make sense as to why large sums of cash are being pushed through LUNA and not a bigger asset such as Bitcoin.

These investors who have been liquidating from BTC and Ethereum might be looking at other cryptocurrencies to capitalize from.

But those are just my thoughts, I’m curious to know what you think.

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Is Terra Classic done running up?

What we do know is that Terra Classic ($LUNC) continues to set higher levels of support, which gives reason as to why LUNA could potentially be headed for higher gains.

Especially if whales are indeed pumping the security for quick profits.

I noticed big volume was going into this cryptocurrency and had called out momentum rising around .00031, LUNA has reached a high of 0.00048 since.

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