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A Beginner’s Guide To Investing In The Stock Market


Investing in the stock market is one of the best things you can do to increase wealth and offer financial security. However, it isn’t something you can understand overnight and can lead you to losing a lot of money. Nevertheless, if you spend the time and effort into understanding stock investing, it will benefit you a lot in the future. Plus, there are many stocks that you can invest in such as tech stocks like Google, Meta, and Nvidia or you can invest in medical companies like Eli Lilly and Co., Novo Nordisk or UnitedHealth Group or even tattoo cream specialists. 

Let’s take you through the basics of investing and how you can improve your wealth over time. 

Financial Goals

Before you start investing, you need to set clear investment goals that you wish to achieve. At the end of the day, we all have different financial goals so this completely changes the way you should trade. 

Some people wish to put a deposit down on a mortgage. Other people want to put money towards their pension fund. No matter what it is, it is important you establish your financial goals before you start investing. Establish your primary goals, estimate how long you have to achieve your goals, evaluate how much you can invest each week/month, put your financial goals in order, and constantly review your finances to see if they align with your goals. 

Deciding on your goals is the most important first step to take towards investing. As soon as you establish your goals, you can decide on your strategy.


Decide How Much You Can Invest

Deciding on how much money you can invest is the next important step for investing in the stock market. This must be an amount that is achievable each month and won’t be disrupted by those more expensive months. 

One of the main issues why most people don’t invest is because they believe they cannot afford it. The truth is that everybody can afford to invest their money. There is no minimum amount when investing your money. It can be as little as £10 a week or be much higher. It all depends on the amount of money you have left over after you have paid your bills. 

Investing in the stock market is similar to getting on the property ladder. The sooner you start, the better. Plus, you have more money in the future. Start with a reasonably small amount and make sure you invest that amount each month. If you have money to spare, consider investing this money as well but into a different stock. 


Understand Your Risk Tolerance

The stock market can be very volatile so this is something you must be prepared for. There are many people who invest and don’t truly understand the risks of investing. This leads many people to lose their money because they have spent the time and effort to educate themselves about a certain stock. 

You need to understand your risk tolerance when investing and this depends on a number of factors. Firstly, your risk tolerance should go off your financial goals. Additionally, you need to work out how long you have to achieve those goals. This will help you decide on the stocks you need to invest in. 

Ask yourself these questions to understand your risk tolerance. Do you prefer financial stability? Are you willing to invest in high-risk stocks for high rewards? Whatever your answers are, use this information to help decide which stocks to invest in. 


Decide Your Investment Style

Choosing your investment style is where it gets tricky as there are many different methods. If you want to do it yourself, you need to look into the different investing options you have to suit your goals. If you doubt your knowledge of the stock market, it is probably better to get someone else to do it for you. 

Some investors enjoy a hands-on style when investing, constantly monitoring the stock market and understanding what is performing well and what isn’t. Other people would prefer to make their investment and let it sit there. Remember, you don’t have to commit to this style forever. All you need to do is commit to a style at the beginning and learn while investing. Let’s look at two different styles to help determine your strategy. 

DYI Investing

This is for those who have a good understanding of the stock market. They completely trust their own ability to make money and understand how the stock market works. With this method, you have little guidance on what to invest in which is why many people avoid this strategy. All you need to do is create an account on an investment platform. 

Some of the more common investment platforms in the UK include Trading 212, eToro, AJ Bell, and Interactive Investor. Some of these platforms require a minimum deposit or monthly subscription. Some of them take a commission from you as well. Review all the platforms available to find the best for you before investing in the first platform you use. 

Consider Working With A Financial Advisor/ Broker

The other strategy would be better for those who doubt their knowledge and don’t have time to research the stock market. Researching the stock market can be very time-consuming, especially if you want to grow wealth. Researching around 5 hours per week is something that is encouraged as this gives you enough time to find a number of stocks and see if they are viable to invest in. However, you may not have the time for that.

Consider speaking with a financial advisor to work out how you can invest and tell them your investment goals. They will pick the right strategy and do it all for you. All you need to do is give them a regular amount each month to ensure you can keep investing. 



Investing is one of the best things you can do to improve your wealth for the long term. It is also good for short-term wealth to help with monthly expenses but this can be risky. Nevertheless, it is important you invest in the stock market as early as possible, especially if you are investing for the long-term IE your retirement fund. Remember, there is no set amount for how much you need to invest. It can be as little as £10 per month although the more you invest, the more you benefit in the future. Some people invest because they are desperate for extra cash. This can lead to them investing with scammers and losing their money. If someone reaches out to you for your investment, it is likely to be a trading scam, especially if it is someone you do not know.