Do you have a limited budget, next to no experience, or both? If your answer is yes, then congratulations, you’ve joined most of the world. While many think they need a ton of money to invest in something as big as the stock market, this is not true. In fact, there is no truth in that statement, as you could start investing with an incredibly low amount of money.

While having a low budget and not knowing how to invest in the stock market might be the two factors that put you off the most, you are indeed in luck, as there are a variety of different methods and ways to take control over your investments. It all starts with education and while that might all sound cliché’, it’s not and we’ve got you covered.

Short-term investments and long-term investments: Buy low and sell high

This seems straightforward, right? Wrong. While buying something that is at a much lower price sounds like a good investment, you must first ask yourself, “Why does it sell at such a low price”? If you know the answer to that question and feel that there is a valid reason, or for some reason, a stroke of luck that has come your way, great. If not, however, it is important to do your research. Another factor includes whether the stock you buy is either a short-term or long-term investment. Stocks tend to sell at a lower price if it’s a short-term investment, so while buying these are at a lower cost, you’ll find that they initially die down in the market, leaving little value for you to claim. Investing at a higher price might cost more but will add more value over time.

It is important to educate yourself when it comes to filings

While some might have a good eye when it comes to finding the right companies to conclude investments with, most new investors must take time and do their homework.

If you’re a new investor or are an existing one that has been struggling to land a good deal in the market for a while, you should start with regular filings. These are companies that work with the SEC that are assured to detail everything regarding potential risk factors/ stock glitches to company financing.

One such company is the 10-K. It includes a range of information such as helpful descriptions, financial numbers, management commentary on both cost and investment opportunities. It is also helpful to research regulatory filing, as it includes a lot of detail regarding senior management charges, stock transactions by a high level of management, and much more.

It is important to always stay informed daily. Especially when you’re serious about investing in the stock market. There cannot be any growth unless one is educated and informed.