Considering stocks?

I wouldn’t.

But if you do, make sure you know the difference between investing and speculating. An investment is made after careful examination of the facts and figures. There will also be a proven track record on return while speculating is based on here say or emotion with no track record to back it up.

Personally, I’d only consider Index or stocks that pay out dividends. The Couch Potato is a good read if you’re planning on investing in stocks outside a mutual fund.

Bottom Line: invest only what you’re prepared to lose and walk away from.