In this edition of The Motley Fool's "Ask a Fool" series, Motley Fool One analyst Jason Moser takes a question from a Fool reader who asks: "How do I get started in investing?" Jason discusses why paying down debt first and looking at your budget can bring huge investing returns, how much money you should have in savings depending on things like marital status, and why you should never invest with money you may need in the short term.
How to get started
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