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With the new economy, many people have found themselves looking for more information to learn to invest money. Be it because they have lost money that was badly invested and decided to take the matters into their own hands, or because they want to fully understand what others are doing to their money.

Some have also become more interested because they see the moment as an opportunity to make some money on stocks that are down now but which can grow in value rapidly if the economy continues to recover. But how can you learn to invest money if you have no intention of going to school now and have no real information on how to go about it?


Well, the magnitude of the World Wide Web has once again come to the rescue. There are some sites that can help you learn the ins and outs of the stock market and some that can be a fun place to practice your newly acquired skills to find out if you have what it takes to start investing with real money.

Investopedia

With a nice collection of free tutorials that can take you from the most basic skills to advanced information, this site can be considered one of the best beginner’s resource online to learn to invest money. There are even real exercises and mock tests to help you if you are taking CFA professional exams.

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To help even more, it also has a stock market emulator, so you can deal in real stocks without having to cash some money to test the waters. The one aggravating thing is that because you are dealing with real stock names, when you do really well, there is that sense of loss that feels like “I should have played those winning lottery numbers last week”.

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The Motley Fool

One of the biggest and oldest investment sites around, The Motley Fool is a great source of information that has been giving out stock recommendations to millions since 1994. It is especially useful after you’ve learned the basics. It is also a great resource of expert opinions and a very large community to exchange ideas with, but because it is used by a lot of professionals, there is a slight intolerance to very newbie questions, so brush up on some basics from tutorials before you start engaging in conversations in the forums.

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Investing For Dummies

Another great resource of tutorials, investment terms and articles to answer most of your questions. Written in the typical style of the “For Dummies” books, the material is simple and instructive. Not as comprehensive as some of the other sites, but a solid source of information divided into very clear topics and written in a very approachable manner and  friendly manner, so it’s certainly worth checking it out.

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HSX.com (Hollywood Stock Exchange)

So you think you understand the entertainment business? How about testing those skills while practicing your investment instincts at the same time? HSX is a pretend stock market where the stocks sold are the artists and their movies. You can buy stock on most celebrities and invest on movies. Grow your portfolio and sell when the time seems propitious. It’s a great way to see if all those hours spent in front of a movie screen could finally pay off and if you can trust your instincts. Even if the money is fake”¦

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Virtual Stock Exchange (VSE)

Created by Market Watch, VSE is a simulator, much like the ones above, to help you learn to invest money by measuring how well you would do in a real market. What differentiates it from the other simulators is that they are set up as games. You can join existing games, where you will compete against other players to see who makes the most money.  You can even create your own game, open to anyone or you can choose to  play only against your friends and family. Some of the most popular public games include: StockMarket4Dummies, Obamanomic, MakeEndsMeet or even FlounderingFools.

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So if you think you have what it takes to start investing, or would at least like to understand what everyone else is talking about, check out some of the sites above and let me know what you’ve learned.

Do you have any other sites worth checking out?

  1. gopal
    April 4, 2010 at 8:43 am

    You can also look at http://dodacharts.investmentki... to get technical analysis of stock market in english language. Also, you can learn technical analysis. Good one.

  2. gopal
    April 3, 2010 at 10:43 pm

    You can also look at http://dodacharts.investmentkit.com to get technical analysis of stock market in english language. Also, you can learn technical analysis. Good one.

  3. Jason
    March 31, 2010 at 4:17 am

    Hi ! - if anyone know of a good stock screener for the UK market - please let me know. Google Finance is awesome, but wont screen stocks onthe FTSE.

  4. Bob
    March 30, 2010 at 10:42 pm

    Practice without losing a cent and a chance to win! Unfortunately seems US stocks only

    http://www.updown.com/

  5. Bob
    March 30, 2010 at 12:42 pm

    Practice without losing a cent and a chance to win! Unfortunately seems US stocks only

    http://www.updown.com/

  6. Taty
    March 30, 2010 at 11:38 am

    Good suggestions, everyone. In this economic recession it's always good to hear from those who are willing to help each other out.

  7. bookfraud
    March 30, 2010 at 7:21 am

    i avoid motley fool like the plague -- they assume that "you can invest like the pros," except one lacks the access to information, capital and discounts that a money manager takes for granted. in the go-go 1990s, they were all about "invest in Internet stocks, Starbucks, the Gap, and all these growth-momentum plays," which all tanked eventually.

    listen to john bogle, put your money into a market index fund, and sleep well at night.

  8. rufus
    March 30, 2010 at 1:35 am

    awsome i,ve been losing lots of money in hyip but right now i'll kick off to this...like nike i'll just do it.thanks a lot.

  9. Jeremy
    March 30, 2010 at 11:20 am

    bogleheads.org The best, bar none.

  10. Jeremy
    March 30, 2010 at 1:20 am

    bogleheads.org The best, bar none.

  11. Jonathan Bennett
    March 30, 2010 at 7:50 am

    Great list. Ramit's site is also a great resource for investors and freelancers: http://iwillteachyoutoberich.c...

  12. Jonathan Bennett
    March 29, 2010 at 9:50 pm

    Great list. Ramit's site is also a great resource for investors and freelancers: http://iwillteachyoutoberich.com

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