11/3/2009 9:00 AM ET|
Follow a guru
If you're new to investing, it can look complicated. But it doesn't need to be. This is part 4 of 5 parts.
The editors at MSN Money have put together this Beginner's Guide to Investing to help you start putting your money to work.
For a more active approach to starting investing, let a proven expert guide your initial steps (watch the videos below for details).
Guru for stocks
Want to buy individual stocks, either to build a portfolio or supplement the funds you own? Jim Jubak writes regularly on MSN Money about the best and worst places to put your money. Jim's main portfolio, launched in May 1997, has more than doubled in that time, and continues to beat the major averages by a wide margin.
Guru for funds, ETFs
Tim Middleton (interviewed in the second video on the right) focuses on low-cost exchange-traded funds. ETFs trade like stocks and are a great way for the small-dollar investor to get started.
Gurus for guidance, but . . .
There are a lot of high profile investing experts on the television and Web giving buy and sell advice. Be careful. No one has the right answer for every investor. Watch the third video on the playlist to see Mad Money host Jim Cramer's picks put to the test.
Ready to dig deeper?
If you think you're ready to do a little more research on stocks and funds, try using some of our other tools. You can use our Quote Watchlist to track the performance of your investments. In addition, our mutual fund research page helps you find top-performing funds. Once you're done exploring those resources, continue to part 5 of the beginner's guide.
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[BRIEFING.COM] Equity indices settled on their lows following a steady, session-long slide. Similar to yesterday, small-caps paced the retreat as the Russell 2000 fell 1.6%, extending its December loss to 3.6%. The S&P 500 settled lower by 1.1%, widening its month-to-date decline to 1.3%.
There was no specific news catalyst behind today's slide, which had the markings of broad-based profit-taking. Seven of ten sectors settled with losses of 1.0% or more while only two groups ... More
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