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How to Invest In The Stock Market (Step by Step) For Beginners

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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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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Everything I found online was outdated so I wanted to make it easy for people to start. This is how you do it.

#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 your 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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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

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 be a less risky and yield great profits over the long run. It’s an investors favorite and I personally hold share in the S&P500.

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REITS

Invest in 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 to invest in stocks

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.

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

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Select ‘Start your new account’ to get started.

how to invest in the stock market step by step

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.

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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.

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#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.

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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.

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Best Tips & Advice For Beginners Investing in Stocks

Best tips and advice for beginners investing in stocks

If you read ‘How To Invest In The Stock Market (Step By Step)‘ you knew I was going to publish this post and are most likely already investing in stocks. I want to provide my readers with more value. If you’re brand new to the stock market then this article was tailored just for you. Here are the best tips and advice for beginners investing in stocks.

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Please note that we are in no way encouraging people to invest in the stock market. These are only tips and advice for those who have just started investing in the market. Investing in the stock market is only one of many ways to build long-term wealth so we will be focusing on this particular subject. It is our pleasure to present some of the best tips and advice for beginners investing in stocks.

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I’ve been investing in the stock market since August of 2019. When I learned what a brokerage account was and how to open one, I dove right in. I was hooked on the idea of multiplying my hard earned money and felt like I had discovered a secret.

When I realized how difficult it was to find anything on Google regarding investing for beginners, I decided to take Franknez.com live in efforts to make investing in stocks less intimidating for the curious individual.

I’ve learned a lot investing in stocks and I’m glad I was able to go through trial and error so you won’t have to. Here are my 10 investing tips for beginners investing in stocks.

#1. Get Familiar With Stock Details

get familiar with stock details

It’s important that you begin to familiarize yourself with the contents within your platform or brokerage account of choice. Learn to navigate this new platform and get familiar with your stocks details.

In this example from Vanguard, you’ll be able to see a complete overview of the stock itself. It will provide you with a detailed quote overview, company information, performance, and so much more.

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Coca-Cola CO (New York Stock Exchange)

As a new investor in the stock market, it would be beneficial to you to familiarize yourself with the details you encounter on your platform so that it becomes easier to navigate. This will help you understand the statistics of the stocks you’re purchasing.

You might already know which companies you’d like to invest in but going over the company overview and history should provide you with more confidence when making a trustworthy investment.

To find a companies ticker symbol, you can Google the companies name and add ‘stock’ at the end. Google should show you the ticker symbol so you can look it up on your brokerage account.

#2. Always buy the lows

It is only natural for beginner investors to buy when the stock market is green. When beginner investors see gains in the stock market they tend to get excited and jump in. The matter of the fact is that this is a sure way to lose more money than to actually make it.

Huh? What do you mean? Isn’t a green market good?

A green market is a sign the economy is doing well and companies in general are performing phenomenally. However, you’re going to want to purchase a stock on discount. Here’s what I mean.

Best Tips & Advise For Beginners Investing In Stocks

The strategy is to purchase stocks when they are low, in red. When you purchase a stock during lows you’re essentially purchasing the stock at a discounted price.

The number one goal for companies is to always be profitable and to see large gains throughout a given period of time. Buying the lows has a better probability of you seeing more gains than if you bought green and the market drops months or years later.

See the thing is that companies must take care of their shareholders. If a companies shareholders aren’t happy then they won’t invest in said company. In other words, a company is always striving to stay green so if it slips and you really believe in the company, buy the stock on discount.

#3. Check your gains/losses regularly

check your gains and loses

For beginners investing in stocks I strongly suggest checking your gains and losses regularly. Again, it is very important to familiarize yourself with the game and with how the stock market changes based on decisions made around the world and business. Be aware of how your investments are performing!

Checking the performance of your stocks allows you to see the short-term progress of a company.

The way I make my investments is if a company is performing well short-term then they will more than likely be a great fit long-term. This strategy has actually proved to be very successful for me personally.

The benefits of checking your gains and losses frequently are:

  • You learn to identify how well a stock is performing
  • And you increase your awareness of how your money is working for you

Most brokerage accounts have a mobile app to help you see your short-term unrealized gains and losses.

#4. Know when to stop investing

know when to stop investing

The last thing you want to do as a beginner investor is to put all your money in the stock market. You might be seeing gains so it’s easy to get excited when you see the value of your investments increase; however, it is wise to let things play out in the beginning. You’re going to learn that stocks can tumble just as fast if not faster than it took to see gains.

When you’re beginning to invest in the stock market you’re going to want to learn how to float before you can begin to swim. Knowing when to stop investing is a skill you’ll eventually come to understand and learn one way or another. Wait for the perfect opportunity to continue investing.

Save to invest, but build your emergency fund too

save to invest

I recommend saving for a rainy day first before you commit to purchasing assets. Build your emergency fund and then keep building. This way, when an opportunity occurs (such as GameStop or AMC) you’ll be ready.

There will come times when opportunities present themselves to you in the stock market.

Don’t put all your money in stocks that are doing amazing one week because something can happen internally within the company causing it to drop below what you purchased it for.

Investing in stocks shouldn’t be a gamble, it should be a strategic way to build wealth long-term.

#5. Purchase stocks with low commission fees

purchase stocks with low commission fees

A low commission fee is anything under 1%. Stocks with 0.40%, 0.04%, 0.01% are amazing because you won’t even feel the fee. When you buy stocks with commission fees over 1% you will certainly see the deduction. Always keep this in mind when shopping around for a new stock to purchase.

Vanguard has some of the lowest fees which is why it’s a very popular and trusted brokerage for retail investors.

Purchasing stocks with low commission fees is simply going to help you maximize your returns.

#6. Think long term investing

long term stock investing

One of the best tips and advice for beginners investing in the stock market is to think long-term when it comes to your success in the market.

A long-term strategy will have a higher reward than those looking for instant gratification. By delaying gratification you will bear the tastiest fruit. Don’t pick fruit that isn’t ripe. Investing in the stock market is a long-term game for the most part.

You might have been drawn to swing traders or day traders but the fact is that those investors are stock analysts and have a huge advantage over the average retail investor.

The snowball effect

The snowball effect - investing

When you figure out which stocks are you best performing stocks after your first year of investing, you’re going to see your account begin to snowball. With time, these investments are going to multiply.

#7. Reinvest your dividends

Reinvest your dividends

This is probably one of the most important tips and advice for beginners investing in the stock market. When you’ve purchased a stock, bond, REIT, or index fund, you will have the option to either cash out your dividends or reinvest them.

  1. If you choose the option to cash out your dividends you will receive them into your account balance as cash.
  2. If you choose to reinvest your dividends they will automatically be applied to that same stock which will eventually purchase another share with time.

By reinvesting your dividends, you are essentially setting yourself up to make a lot more money on the long run. My recommendation is to reinvest your dividends for the highest return possible.

This strategy is going to maximize your returns and allow that snowball effect to really grow massively with time.

#8. Don’t panic when your investments aren’t winning

Don't panic when your investments aren't winning

The stock market is volatile. It goes up and it goes down.

It might stay down for a few days before it goes up and vice-versa. My advice to you is to not panic sell if your stocks are not performing the way you anticipated them to. Instead, give them time.

Only sell when you come to an educated and reasonable conclusion as to why the company is no longer worth you investing in.

You will find out that some of the most difficult decisions as a new investor will be when you are confronted with the choice to sell your shares or continue holding out. Experience will ultimately be gained when faced with such decisions.

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#9. Follow business news and updates

business and stock news

I recommend beginners investing in stocks to follow the stock market and business news for stocks you’re investing in.

By watching closely at what is influencing the stock market, you will gain an insight that will help you monitor your own investments and predict the best decisions regarding your buying or selling experience.

You might naturally gravitate towards these sources the more you familiarize yourself with the investing world.

Note: Build an awareness to see how events, deals, and companies influence the volatility of the stock market.

News to stay away from

I personally stay away from platforms such as The Fool, MarketWatch, InvestorPlace, and Yahoo Finance as much as I can.

These platforms are paid platforms that write about stocks in order to influence the flow of retail trade going in or out of a particular stock.

It’s unethical and I won’t recommend you use those platforms. Instead, follow the companies you’re investing in on social media.

#10. Never stop learning

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When I published my article on how to invest in the stock market I thought I knew a lot about how the market works.

It wasn’t until the Reddit movement that made realize just how much more there is to learn!

I’m grateful for the community because it forced me to step outside of my comfort zone to educate others in the community who otherwise didn’t understand a lot of the mumbo jumbo and investing world lingo. So, I’ve made a lot of the DD easy to learn.

My advice to new retail investors investing in stocks is to never stop learning.

Also read: Retire a millionaire with the S&P500: Is it possible?

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