How to Get Started Investing Online - dummies

By Matt Krantz

Part of Online Investing For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Are you the impatient type? Do you just want to get started investing online right away? Here’s a quick step-by-step list to get you going:

  1. Save your money.

    You don’t need much to get started investing, preferably $50 or more. Find an online broker with no minimum deposit.

  2. Learn the terms.

    Investing is full of jargon. You’ll need to know basic words just to get started. Get up to speed with websites such as Investopedia and InvestorWords (to make sure you have a good grasp of the language of online investing.

  3. Practice with fake money first.

    Before you start playing around with your real money, test your investment strategy with fake money first using Investopedia’s Stock Market Game or Wall Street Survivor’s Stock Market Game.

  4. Choose an online brokerage firm.

    Your online broker should be your wingman when investing online, so pick one you like and can trust. No one broker is best for all investors.

  5. Keep saving money.

    You’ll want to keep adding savings to your brokerage account so you can put more of your money to work.

  6. Study.

    The preceding steps will get you online and investing online. But there’s so much more to it if you want to be successful.