How do people research and learn out stocks and other investments?
December 6, 2013 6:15 AM Subscribe
I have a bit of discretionary money (1k). Rather than just letting it sit in a bank account earning basically no interest, I am opting to dip my toes in to the world of stocks, options, investing, etc. Other than buying shares in a company I am already aware of and think is going to do well in the future (which isn't always that simple, I know), how do people independently (ie. not via a broker) research and learn about other stocks and worthy investments?
posted by PuppetMcSockerson to Work & Money (27 answers total) 26 users marked this as a favorite
I do NOT wish to use a broker or any sort of third party advisor, I don't want to hand my money off to someone else and let them do with it as they please. I'm looking to do this personally, on my own for the most part. I want to be in 100% control of where my money goes and how it is managed, I want to be the one pulling the trigger on these things. I see this as a bit of a hobby that could potentially benefit me financially. I would, however, appreciate being pointed in the direction of some worthy blogs, articles, books, etc. to help me in this.
and yes, before people get their knickers in a twist, I know that investing right now is unpredictable and that we are likely at the cusp of another huge crash. I am not investing a ton of money, this isn't my life savings or my retirement savings, I am only investing money that I could afford to lose (but hopefully won't). And yes I know that investment forecasting is all a big pile of crazy statistics and gambling and I can't expect to walk in out of no where and be able to make the level of informed decisions as people who have been doing this for years.