If you're new to the stock market, it may be tempting to pour your money into "it" stocks like Netflix, Tesla, and Amazon.com. However, that's the exact opposite of what you should be doing.

Instead, the primary objective of a new investor should be to create a strong "base." In other words, you need to build a well-diversified portfolio of stable and consistent stocks that can serve as the backbone of your investments for decades to come. 

Fortunately, good beginner stocks aren't too difficult to find. Here's what you should look for when choosing stocks for your new portfolio, and four great examples to help get you started.

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