When it comes to investing, a lot of first time investors want to jump right in with both feet. Regrettably, very few of those investors are successful. Investing in anything requires some degree of skill. It's important to remember that few investments are a sure thing - there's the risk of losing your cash!
What do you hope to accomplish with your investments? Will you be funding a college education? Buying a home? Retiring? Before you invest a single penny, truly consider what you hope to accomplish with that investment. Knowing what your goal is will help you arrive at smarter investment decisions along the way!