1. Investing 101: Introduction
  2. Investing 101: What Is Investing?
  3. Investing 101: The Concept Of Compounding
  4. Investing 101: Knowing Yourself
  5. Investing 101: How Technology Has Changed Investing
  6. Investing 101: Types Of Investments
  7. Investing 101: Portfolios And Diversification
  8. Investing 101: Conclusion

Investing is a tool for building wealth, but it is not only for the wealthy. Anyone can get started on an investing program, and various vehicles make it easy to begin with small amounts and add to a portfolio periodically. In fact, what differentiates investing from gambling is that it takes time—it is not a get-rich-quick scheme.

This tutorial will help you to understand what investing is, what it means and how the “miracle” of compounding works. It will also cover some of the building blocks of the investing world and the markets and provide some insights into techniques with the goal of helping you think about which investing strategies and vehicles are right for you.

When you are finished with Investing 101, you can continue your financial education with some of our specialized tutorials such as the Stock Basics or Mutual Fund Basics. You can also visit Investopedia's Advisor Insights section to ask one of our participating financial advisors any specific questions.


Investing 101: What Is Investing?
Related Articles
  1. Tech

    Advisor Insights: What You Need to Know

    Advisor Insights seeks to connect Investopedia's 20 million users to the many financial advisors who use Investopedia. There are unique benefits for both.
  2. Personal Finance

    7 Tips for Selecting a Financial Advisor

    Use these seven tips to successfully select a financial advisor.
  3. Investing

    Ten Worst Mistakes Beginner Investors Make

    Here are the ten worst mistakes beginning investors make.
  4. Personal Finance

    What You Need From Your Financial Advisor

    There are a lot of preconceived notions out there about what financial advisors do.
  5. Personal Finance

    How Financial Advisors Add Real Value for You

    Financial advisors do much more than just make investments for their clients.
  6. Financial Advisor

    5 Questions First Time Investors Should Ask in 2016

    Learn five of the most important questions you need to ask if you are a new investor planning on starting an investment program in 2016.
  7. Tech

    Financial Planning: Can You Do it Yourself?

    There's no shortage of financial advice out there, but do you have the inclination, time and skills to do it yourself?
  8. Managing Wealth

    3 Simple Steps To Building Wealth

    Getting richer is easier if you take it one step at a time.
Frequently Asked Questions
  1. When are Beneficiaries of a Will Notified?

    Learn when the beneficiaries of a will must be notified, and understand how this requirement varies depending on whether ...
  2. Why Does Larry Page Pay Himself a $1 Salary?

    Google co-founder Larry Page continues to take an annual salary of only $1 as chief executive officer.
  3. What is Common Stock and Preferred Stock?

    Learn about the differences between common and preferred shares. Explore situations where preferred shares have more favorable ...
  4. Can CareCredit be Used for Family Members?

    Learn more about the available options that CareCredit offers to pay for out-of-pocket medical procedures with little to ...
Trading Center