I am an average "joe blow" for the most part and have been for the last several years. I didn't start investing until age 35. A family member died, and my mother suddenly had quite a bit of stock. We knew nothing about savings except your usual savings account or money market fund. I found myself searching for ways to both keep the money that she had and possibly make more money. Here is the best advice I have after months of digging my hands into everything I could find. Start!!! Put away as much every week as you can. Do not worry if it is only 10 dollars a week. First, put it in a savings account. At least it will earn something. When you have reached 2-3000 dollars, put your money in Vanguard's 500 Index. It doesn't cost you anything to get in and it gets you started. Add to it when you can. This is the most basic way to start and be smart. From here, start researching and make your life savings. Good luck to us all. START SAVING!!!
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