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Investing is one of those things that often sounds quite a bit more difficult and mysterious than it actually is, and getting started with investing does not need to mean having tens of thousands of dollars to invest, or paying outrageous fees to stock brokers and financial advisors. With the right planning and the right knowledge it is possible to invest with confidence and to start saving for a more successful and comfortable future.

Of course no one can succeed without a solid investment plan, and it is important for every worker to make a financial plan. This plan should include the individual's goals for retirement, tolerance for risk, current income, etc.

It is of course important for every person to be aware that although the stock market has been a great place for long term growth, it can experience a great deal of short term volatility. It is important to realize that the stock market is a long term investment, designed for those with sufficiently long term goals.

It is vital as well for every stock market investor to be patient with his or her investments. Few investors are able to accurately time the stock market, and many of those who make frequent short term moves end up making far less than simple buy and hold investors. Trading in and out of the stock market can be incredibly expensive, and incredibly risky as well. Few people have the ability to truly time the market, and even most professional investors fail to get it right every time. It is far better to invest in quality companies and allow their growth to grow your earnings and your retirement nest egg.

For those investors looking for a simple, low cost and easy to follow investment plan would do well to look at a solid stock market index mutual funds. There are a growing number of index funds on the market, and they can be a great way for those with only a little bit of money to get started in investing.

And after all getting started in the first place is one of the hardest parts of investing for many people. It can be difficult to get started investing for the future, but it can be even more difficult to retire without having saved enough of a nest egg. It is impossible to start saving too early, and the sooner you begin a solid saving and investment program the greater the potential rewards can be. (don)
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