New investors are often drawn to penny stocks -- they're small companies with "potentially huge growth opportunities" and they trade for only a couple of dollars (or cents) so it seems easy to scoop up a bunch of shares even if you don't have a lot of cash.

They sound like the perfect way to start investing, but they're actually the exact opposite!

In this video from our YouTube channel, our team explains why these seemingly "cheap" stocks can actually burn your hard-earned cash and how investors with only $20 can get started investing the right way. 

To get our free investing starter kit mentioned in the video, head over to Fool.com/Start!