how to invest

How I Turned a $45 Stock Into a $60,000 Nest Egg

Victoria O'Hara didn't learn anything about how to manage money growing up. But thanks to help from a relative, she got a financial education, began investing slowly, and parlayed small stock buys into a healthy portfolio. Here's her story:

Victoria O'Hara's 6 Best Tips for Would-Be Investors

Victoria O'Hara parlayed a relative's gift of one share of stock into a sizable portfolio by investing in a few shares at a time, on a postal worker's salary. Here are her top lessons for any novice investors hoping to emulate her success.

The 10 Mistakes Investors Most Commonly Make

Meir Statman, one of the nation's leading experts in behavioral finance (the study of why people do irrational things with their money), has written a new book on the topic. In it, Statman shows investors how their mistakes are usually caused by their own deep-seated emotions.

The 'Unlucky' Way to Double Your Investment Returns

What if you could increase your investment returns more than 200% by simply understanding the role of luck versus skill in investing? Several recent studies have shown how, and if ever there was information the securities industry didn't want you to have, this is it.

Three Contrarian Stock Picks for 2011

If you're tired of watching your stocks go up and down this year without making any firm gains, consider putting some money into a contrarian investment strategy. It's riskier, but the payoff can be big. Contrarian fund manager Don Hodges offers three unconventionally good stock picks.