13 Steps to Investing Foolishly

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The prospect of changing your life with a full 13 steps could sound a bit daunting. But don't hit the "back" button just yet. We've prepared this executive summary just for you Fools on the go.

Motley Fool Co-founders, Tom and David Gardner
Step 1

Change Your Life With One Calculation

Our nomination for the eighth wonder of the world goes to… the formula for compound interest! Quite simply, this basic… more »

Step 2

Trade Wisdom for Foolishness

Who would deign to call themselves a “Fool”? Certainly not anyone from the world of Wall Street. We, on the other hand,… more »

Step 3

Treat Every Dollar as an Investment

Imagine what it feels like to know that every single dollar decision you make is the right one. Imagine no more. With a… more »

Step 4

Open and Fund Your Accounts

IRAs, 401(k)s, CDs, MMAs, oh my! Here are step-by-step directions on what to put where and, roughly, how much and for… more »

Step 5

Avoid the Biggest Mistake Investors Make

Fools are investors, not speculators. We’re buy-to-hold, business-focused investors with a long time horizon. Our… more »

Step 6

Discover Great Businesses

Stocks aren’t pieces of paper, but stakes in a living, breathing business. Fools look for well-managed companies… more »

Step 7

Buy Your First Stock

You’ve paid off your credit cards, open and funded your brokerage account, and done your research. It’s business time!… more »

Step 8

Cover Your Assets

Don’t forget the Fool’s four rules for asset allocation: Don’t invest money that you’ll need in the next year, invest… more »

Step 9

Invest Like the Masters

There’s more than one way to skin a cat. Growth guru Peter Lynch, value kingpin Warren Buffett, and global maven Sir… more »

Step 10

Don't Sell Too Soon

Selling a stock is just as big a decision as buying. There are five primary reasons to cut bait with a stock: You find… more »

Step 11

Retire in Style

Retiring in style rests on making the most of tax-advantaged savings vehicles like your 401(k) and IRA, investing in… more »

Step 12

Pay It Forward

Foolishness doesn’t stop with you, friend. Pass on the good money-saving/money-making mojo to three friends who could… more »

Step 13

Make friends and influence Fools.

The Motley Fool isn’t some static web page or a set of articles, but a dynamic, thriving community of Fools just like… more »

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