Learning to invest is not as easy as AP, imho. It's been
one of my hobbies for 20 yrs. or so. I'm still learning.
You can get suggestions from the Fools, or Cramer, ZG etc.
but in the end YOU have to decide where to put the $.
There is a lot of investing advice out there, but it's just
someone's opinion, and we all know about opinions.
You have to decide if you are a day trader, swing trader
or a long term investor. What do you want to invest in?
Stocks, bonds(corporate or gov't?), commodities, real estate,
art, options... Many people end up investing in something
they are near experts at, or related to their career.
I'd suggest reading some books, as I do when a novice comes
to this board.
The markets have been in turmoil these past few years. The
banksters and gov't lent $Trillions to people that couldn't
afford the loans and now we're all paying for it. Investments
that were safe for decades, like banks and real estate, now
suck. Maybe if you Google "Widows and Orphans" you may find
some of the current 'safe' investments. I should try that, too!
I suspect the Fools list you linked to has some decent dividend
stocks to try. And the market is currently trending down, so
you might get a bargain, yielding a dividend AND some capital
Whatever you do, don't put all of your money in one stock.
Diversify, so even if one company fails, the others may offset
the loss. Mutual Funds are good for diversification and for
Also, consider how long it will be until you need the money.
Don't buy a house of you need the money in six months.
You get the idea.
JMHO, emphasis on OPINION!