Over time, most things you can think of to invest in are pretty low in risk. It's like our grandparents having "the" phone company way back when, or IBM, etc. The stock market is a little like real estate, really; yes there are some bad things that can happen but, over time, it works fine.
I'm a genealogist so invested a little in Ancestry.com stock and they were just bought out and made me $10 more per share than I bought them for. Now I'm back into garbage, Waste Management, Inc. :-) It has good dividends, which my husband likes and keeps growing at a safe, steady pace (like our garbage/green energy problems and solutions).
Pick one or two things you like or think are "worthy"/good ideas or see going somewhere and go to ETrade or Scott Trade, where buying and selling doesn't cost much and give it a try. Think of it as next years' Christmas gift fund? Read about the different industries and see how they are doing/expected to do in the next 10 years, etc. Think about you life and what the issues are; health care, for example; find a drug company you "trust" and invest in them. I wanted to invest in Weyerhaeuser because one of my great grandfathers was a "lumber baron" but my husband didn't like them only they have turned around now and he was surprised. My "gut" does well picking stocks :-) We don't have to live on my picks; my husband does all that but I get to "play" and learn with a couple thousand dollars.
Do some reading; check out some of these books, bottom left (I have a couple; they're "easy" and legit, not people pushing their own schemes or anything):
Last summer I was able to buy a new refrigerator with earnings from an investment and I've reinvested that principal in a stock, hoping that in a couple months I'll be able to buy a new dishwasher :-) I looked for a rack to replace the broken one (not just a "paint on" fix, whole tines are broken off and jagged/rusted; it's ugly in there, LOL) and the rack alone appeared to cost half as much as a new dishwasher would, assuming I actually found the correct rack for my dishwasher (they were strangely not in evidence anywhere, especially on the manufacturer's site).
Anyone have some good investment stories, things you have been able to improve/upgrade; ways it looks to you like this economy is improving? We are retired and live mostly on dividends and I know our investments have pretty much returned to the pre-2008 crash level so we're almost back to where we were then, which is a relief. I'm so thankful my DH knows what he is doing!
Edited by: MARGOMCP at: 3/11/2012 (10:46)
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