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How to Build Your Investment Portfolio as a Beginner

how to build your investment portfolio as a beginner
Educational: How to build your stock investment portfolio as a beginner.

If you want to succeed in the business world, you’re going to need a good portfolio.

With 2023 finally in full effect, now’s the perfect time to get started.

Granted, this is easier said than done as the investment world isn’t for the faint of heart.

Beginners often find themselves stumped on how to go about things. When starting out, you need to be certain about what you want to do as an investor.

In this article, we’ll be going over how you can build your investment portfolio as a beginner.

Look for Something That’s Low Risk

It cannot be recommended enough; every investor needs to start off with something east and low risk.

Risk is an investment term used to describe the potential issues that could arise while partaking in said investment.

We need to make one thing clear: there’s no such thing as a risk-free investment.

Even the safest of investments have their own risks. Below is a quick list of some of the more low-risk investments for beginners:

  • High-yield savings accounts
  • Treasury bonds
  • Corporate bonds
  • Dividend stocks
  • Certificates of deposit

One type of investment that’s seen a massive influx of popularity is real estate. Real estate has been proven by many professionals to be one of the safest investments to date.

So much so, it’s often chosen over the stock market. Real estate is a welcome addition to any investment portfolio for a variety of reasons.

Those who go with real estate can expect a predictable cash flow and an amazing ROI.

Furthermore, you can see a large profit without having to devote most of your time and money to it.

This is known as fractional real estate investment. Regardless of what you choose to start with, make sure to do thorough research on it.

You need to be sure that it’s the right investment for you. Otherwise, you could feel like you’re wasting your resources.

If you’re a beginner looking to build your investment portfolio, understanding what is RMD in CD can be crucial.

Visit this blog to learn more about what RMD in CD entails and how it can impact your investment strategy as you start your journey into investing.

Beware of Volatility

stock investment portfolio
Educational: How to build a stock investment portfolio.

Volatility is another term used in the investment world and is used to describe how likely an investment is to change or spike in price.

One of the worst things that can happen to a new investor is having their hard work deconstructed by a price gouge.

You need to identify your risk tolerance right from the start. A key example of volatility would be the stock market.

The stock market is a good start for all investors, but at times, it can be very difficult to maintain your ground.

The stock market works like this: you pick a company that offers shares. These shares are basically small sections of the company that you own upon purchasing.

Some shares are more expensive than others, which is why beginners should always buy one or two to get a better understanding of how they work.

But making the initial sale isn’t the issue; it’s trying your best to keep it. The stock market can be very unforgiving at times because of the rates.

If the rates increase too much, it can be difficult to pay for it and even resell it. In fact, there’s a variation of buying and selling stocks known as day trading.

Be Patient

A key trait that every successful investor should have is patience.

Because of how common investing has become over the years, you’d be amazed at how many people rush into it without much forethought.

However, therefore almost every one of them failed.

Rushing into an investment, regardless of how safe it is, is a big mistake.

You need to be patient and protect yourself from online scams, and take your time, this applies to every aspect of investing.

If you don’t know what you’re getting into, it’s very common for something to go wrong.

Just remember to do your research, gauge the pros and cons, and invest what you can afford.

Related: How to Invest in The Stock Market for Beginners

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How to Buy AMC Stock (2023 Guide)

How to buy AMC stock

So, you’ve probably heard all about AMC stock and now want to buy it.

Yes, it hit an all-time high of $72 per share during the ‘meme stock’ frenzy.

And yes, it is still heavily shorted, meaning it is still a short squeeze candidate.

In early 2021, readers flocked to Franknez.com and were up over 3,000% at some point when the movie theatre chain stock peaked.

Those who failed to take profits, not so much.

In this article, I’m going to walk you through step-by-step how to open your brokerage account with Vanguard so you can learn how to buy AMC stock today.

Let’s get started!

Note: None of the content on this platform is financial advice. All market analysis conducted by Frank Nez is based on market news, market sentiment, technical analysis, and market trends.

How to Buy Stock in AMC

how to buy stock in AMC

If you want to learn how to buy AMC stock, first you’ll need to open a brokerage account with a reputable broker.

I use Vanguard due to its reliability, updated and easy to use interface, and reputation in the financial industry.

Vanguard is one of the largest asset holders worldwide with $7.2 trillion in assets under management (AUM).

Related: How Big Could an AMC Short Squeeze Potential Surge?

#1. Create an Account with Vanguard

The first thing you’re going to want to do is visit their homepage and click on ‘open an account’.

You will then be prompted to the page shown below.

How to buy shares of AMC

Click on ‘Open a new account with money from my bank’.

There are other options to fund your newly broker account with Vanguard but for simplicity, we’ll get you started here.

Click continue and then choose ‘I’m new to Vanguard’.

how to buy AMC stock with Vanguard

Here, you will need to create your profile and login ID to create your broker account.

This process will take you anywhere between 5-10 minutes.

You will gain access to choose what type of account you’ll want to open (General Investing for most), provide standard personal information, and add a bank account to fund your stockbroker account.

To open an account, you’ll need the following:

  1. A permanent U.S. residence
  2. Employee address, if applicable
  3. Social security number

Once you’ve created your login and have funded your account, you’re ready for the next step towards buying shares of AMC (and other company stock)!

Which AMC Stock to Buy?

Use the search bar on the far-right corner to search for ‘AMC ENTERTAINMENT’.

New investors might question which AMC stock to buy.

Search ‘AMC’ and you will see ‘AMCX’, which is AMC Networks, the network where ‘The Walking Dead‘ airs. AMCX is the wrong AMC to buy if you’re looking for the movie theatre chain.

For the right AMC stock, search ‘AMC Entertainment’.

This will narrow your search to two securities.

Choose AMC – AMC Entertainment Holdings, Inc., not APE.

APE is AMC’s Preferred Equity, it’s a different security.

Now that you’ve identified which AMC stock to buy, toggle over to ‘My Accounts’ and click on ‘Buy & Sell’ under ‘Transactions’.

#2. Get a Quote

Search for ‘AMC’ and click on ‘Get quote’.

A real-time quote will pop up for final confirmation.

Click ‘Buy’ to select the number of shares you’d like to purchase of AMC stock.

Type the number of shares you’d like to add to your stock portfolio.

Then set your ‘order type’ to limit.

This will allow you to buy AMC stock at its current share price or better.

Type the ‘limit’ price to AMC’s current stock price.

Leave the ‘duration’ on ‘Day’ to execute your order the same day.

And hit ‘Preview Order’.

Submit your order and congratulations!

You have now learned how to buy AMC stock.

You can use Vanguard to purchase all sorts of stocks now and begin to build a strong portfolio.

Related: The Best Dividend Stocks to Buy for Passive Income

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Stocks Retail Investors Can Buy to Build Wealth This Decade

Stocks to build wealth

The market is down which means there are a variety of stocks retail investors can buy to build wealth this decade.

The problem is identifying which stocks will create the team you need to ensure your investing success.

I’ve compiled a list of stocks along with a simple strategy that’s going to allow these stocks to compound over time so that when you’re ready, they start paying you passively.

By the end of this article, you will have the knowledge you need to begin building your very own wealth through stock investments this decade.

Let’s get started!


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Let’s dive right into it.

Compounding starts with reinvesting

Which stocks to buy?
Which stocks to buy?

The list below is made up of cash dividend paying stocks, companies with enough cash at hand which allows them to pay cash dividends to its investors every quarter.

The key here is to ensure that you opt in to ‘reinvest’ these cash dividends back into the asset so that your number of shares automatically compound every quarter.

On some occasions, the default setting is set to ‘cash’ instead of ‘reinvest’, which means your broker account will receive the cash dividend as a form of payment and settle in your funds like a deposit.

When you’ve built a strong retirement portfolio and you’re ready to claim the fruit of your labor many years from now, then you’ll want to begin taking that big cash.

But in the meantime, we’re focusing on setting ourselves up for that chapter in our lives so make sure you opt in to ‘reinvest’ that cash dividend.

Over time, you will see your number of shares grow fractionally and then eventually turn into whole numbers.

This process will continue repeating as you continue to fund your cash dividend stock portfolio.

Which Stocks Can Take Care of You Forever?

which stocks to buy?
Which stocks to buy?

Building wealth is a constant journey of increasing your income and investing in assets that can take care of you forever.

If you would like me to publish more content on how to increase your income let me know in the comments section at the end of the article.

Granted that you have the capability to invest now during this bear market, here is a list of cash dividend paying stocks that can take care of you forever.

Related: How to Invest in Stocks for Beginners

#1. VOO (S&P 500)

Dividend Yield: 1.56%

VOO has paid $5.65 per share in the past year during the bull market but is currently paying $1.43 per share in this year’s bear market.

VOO is Vanguard’s S&P 500 ETF which tracks the top 500 performing companies in the United States.

#2. GPC (Genuine Parts Co.)

Dividend Yield: 2.40%

GPC has paid $3.42 per share but is currently paying investors during this bear market $0.90 per share.

Genuine Parts Company is an American service organization engaged in the distribution of automotive replacement parts, industrial replacement parts, office products and electrical/electronic materials.

#3. VNQ (Real Estate REIT)

Dividend Yield: 3.53%

VNQ has paid $2.86 per share but is currently paying investors approximately $0.56 per share in today’s bear market.

VNQ is Vanguard’s real estate ETF which invests in stocks issued by real estate investment trusts (REITs), companies that purchase office buildings, hotels, and other real property.

#4. OMF (One Main Holdings, Inc.)

Dividend Yield: 7.96%

OMF currently pays investors $0.95 per share but has paid them as much as $6.80 per share during the bull market.

OneMain Holdings, Inc. is an American financial services holding company that provides loan products, offers credit cards, and other personal loans.

#5. T (AT&T)

Dividend Yield: 9.71%

AT&T is currently paying shareholders $0.28 per share but has paid investors $1.60 in the past.

AT&T Inc. is an American multinational telecommunications holding company offering internet and cellular services.

#6. NRZ (Real Estate REIT)

Dividend Yield: 9.85%

NRZ stock is currently paying investors $0.25 per share but has paid $1 per share before.

New Residential is a publicly traded mortgage real estate investment trust with a diversified portfolio and a strong track record of performance.

#7. EMR (Emerson Electric Co.)

Dividend Yield: 2.45%

EMR pays shareholders $0.51 per share but has paid investors $2.05 per share prior to today’s bear market.

Emerson Electric Co. is an American multinational corporation headquartered in Ferguson, Missouri.

The Fortune 500 company manufactures products and provides engineering services for industrial, commercial, and consumer markets.

#8. ESGV (ETF)

Dividend Yield: 1.26%

ESGV currently pays shareholders $0.20 but has paid investors $0.88 per share in the past.

ESGV tracks the performance of large-, mid-, and small-capitalization stocks.

The ETF specifically excludes stocks of certain companies related to the following: adult entertainment, alcohol, tobacco, cannabis, gambling, chemical and biological weapons, cluster munitions, anti-personnel landmines, nuclear weapons, conventional military weapons, civilian firearms, nuclear power, and coal, oil, or gas.

Other Stocks?

Investing in other stocks that aren’t paying cash dividends could be a great way to raise capital fast.

One example is Tesla, AMC, GameStop, etc.

Retail investors who were able to jump on these stocks early were able to capitalize on massive price fluctuations.

The key here is to get in early, otherwise you may end up holding substantially large losses.

If you’re going to invest in individual companies, make sure you’ve done your due diligence and cash out when in profit.

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Share this list of the best dividend stocks to buy right now with someone you know who is invested in the market.

I personally hold these stocks in my stock portfolio and figured I’d share with my readers which dividend stocks I recommend checking out.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this list – do you hold any?

Leave a comment down below.

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Investing in Commodities: An Easy Introduction

Investing in Commodities
Everything you need to know about investing in commodities

Published by FrankNez Team.

Commodities trading goes back further in history than trading stocks and bonds.

Commodities are simply goods that can be exchanged for money or other goods.

In other words, they are the heart of the market – the stuff that gets bought and sold.

The commodities market runs on the basic principle of supply and demand.

Since prices of a given type of commodity fluctuate in response to market forces – including anything from natural disasters to the COVID-19 pandemic – commodities can be a riskier investment option than stocks unless you have enough expertise and resources, making it a historically more prohibitive investment option for individuals.

Keep reading to learn more about investing in commodities and your options for getting started.

Commodities Trading Basics

Commodity Market
Commodity Market – what is commodities trading?

What is commodities trading?

Commodities trading refers to the practice of buying and selling goods at agreed upon prices.

A commodities exchange may refer to the exchange of the goods themselves, or to regulatory bodies that facilitate commodities exchanges through the enforcement of contractual and legal rules, such as:

Who engages in commodities investment?

Historically, commodities trading has been reserved for commercial or institutional producers or consumers.

Think farm owners selling crops or airlines buying jet fuel.

Other commercial or institutional investors may not be involved in the direct production or consumption of goods but look to investment in commodities as a way to diversify their portfolios or hedge against the volatility of other investments, such as stocks.

In fact, because commodities and stocks tend to have an inverse relationship, many investors will put money in commodities like gold during bear markets, periods of high stock market volatility, or times of high inflation.

Finally, individual investors can also profit on commodities through speculation.

Because speculating on commodity prices requires a high level of expertise across many fields – including macroeconomics, microeconomics, and the specifics of a given industry and commodity – this can be an expensive and risky investment option for individuals.

What are the risks of commodities investment?

It’s important to note that commodities investment comes in many forms with different levels of risk.

By far the riskiest options for individual investors are direct investment and futures contracts, which will be explained later in this article.

However, all commodities trading is subject to the effects of market forces on supply and demand, and thus the effects of supply and demand on commodity prices.

One major risk of direct commodities trading is that small price fluctuations can amplify your gains or losses exponentially, meaning that you could gain significantly more than you invested – but you can also lose much more too.

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission – a regulatory body that registers commodities trading professionals, among other things – warns that “many individuals lose all of their money” in futures markets.

Types of Commodities

different types of commodities
Different types of commodities

Commodities are divided into the following four categories:

1. Metals

Metals include gold, copper, palladium, etc.

As mentioned, gold and silver are popular investments for those hedging against losses due to stock market volatility.

According to the CFTC, metals are typically most impacted by industrial and macroeconomic factors.

2. Energy

This category includes a broad range of natural resources, including natural gas.

Risk factors usually relate to supply and storage availability, or actions made by regulatory bodies like the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC).

3. Livestock and Meat & 4. Agriculture

Both livestock/meat and agriculture are typically affected by weather patterns, but can also be affected by natural disasters, epidemics and pandemics (human and animal), or other global supply chain issues.

Options for Investing in Commodities

Futures Contracts

A futures contract is a contract in which one party agrees to purchase and receive a given commodity at a certain price and at a certain time.

For example, a developer might agree to buy lumber at a certain price for a certain number of months.

If the market price falls below the contract price before the contract is up, the developer will lose money.

But if prices rise beyond the agreed upon price, the developer is locked into the better deal.

Futures trading – or the buying and selling of futures contracts – is the most common way to directly invest in commodities.

It’s also expensive and can be risky.

As mentioned, it is typically reserved for commercial or institutional investors who need to be sure they can buy the goods necessary for the operation of their businesses at prices that are protected from volatility in the market.

Otherwise, futures trading is done by large organizations or individuals to profit on price fluctuations or hedge against other investments.

Futures trading usually requires a brokerage account (which will charge brokerage fees), as well as deposits for the commodity investments themselves.

Sometimes investors even receive a “margin call” from their broker requiring them to deposit more money than what they initially paid.

With some exceptions, commodity futures and options must be traded through an exchange by professionals or firms who are registered with the CFTC.

As you can see, futures trading can be prohibitive to individual investors and should be approached with caution.


Stocks can be an alternative option for investing in commodities.

With this strategy, an investor buys stocks in a company that deals with the commodity they’re interested in.

However, this is fundamentally different from investing directly in the commodity.

With futures contracts, an investor is directly purchasing ownership of the commodities themselves, while with stocks an investor is simply buying a share of an entity that deals with the commodity.

As Investopedia points out, stocks are affected by different factors than commodity prices, including internal company factors that have nothing to do with the macroeconomic factors impacting the commodities in question.

ENTs, ETPs, ETFs and Mutual Funds

Like stocks, ENTs, ETPs, ETFs and mutual funds can be less volatile investment options than direct commodities trading.

These options come with risks similar to those of stocks, but also similar advantages: good money management (if you’re using a broker), diversification opportunities, and the ability to make a profit on commodities without losing lots of money on speculation.

Commodity Pooling

Sometimes, a group of investors will pool their investment and go in on a futures contract together.

This type of arrangement is typically facilitated by a professional commodity pool operator (CPO), who will hire a commodities trading adviser (CTA) registered by the CFTC.

Pooling resources can offer the advantage of lower upfront investments from all parties, and the CTA helps make money management easier.

What to Consider Before Investing in Commodities

The CFTC suggests that investors consider the following before investing in commodities:

  • Your financial experience, goals and financial resources
  • How much you can afford to lose (beyond your initial investment)
  • All of the obligations of your contract(s)
  • The risk disclosure documents the broker is required to provide
  • Whom to contact with problems or questions

As with any prospective investment, do your research carefully and thoroughly before making any purchase, and take a look at some of the resources available from the CFTC.

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