The individual investor, particularly the newcomer, has so much to learn about the workings of the stock market in its essence and in its continuing dynamics. It all hinges on how much one knows about the present conditions of a company and the environment in which it evolves, first of all, and how much one knows of the future of the same conditions. It is like entering into a marriage. One never knows what will happen based only on what one knows about himself and the other person. One can only hope that the other person remains as faithful or as loving and as lovable from the beginning. The unseen surrounding forces that will affect those "must have" conditions for a happy marriage will serve as challenges for the union.
Hence, unless one comprehends clearly the fundamentals and gains a solid evaluation of a company's value (and a spouse is basically a "company"), a long-lasting romantic or business relationship will not exist.
Thankfully, much of the guess work of investing in stocks has been diminished with the use of technology. In fact, the whole process of buying and selling shares can now be done through the Internet. The presence of websites like this is proof of the growing centralization of almost all human activities toward a web-based network. Legitimate and illicit business activities both occur through the use of online or mobile applications. There is no longer any excuse for people not to be part of this growing potential for making a profit the easy way. More so with stock investing.
Considering this development, the value of educating oneself through the Internet is an open invitation one cannot dismiss readily. In fact, the tech has more advantages compared to the traditional classroom setting. One can derive answers at the click of a button at any time at all.
The risk of getting trash or dishonest info, however, is rife. But if one is diligent or wise enough, one can easily filter out the good from the bad. And will a little investment, one can always pay reliable persons who can guide you to the right path, although there is no guarantee that money can buy valuable and credible info.
Like every other task, trial and error is the best teacher. You win some; you lose some. Success does not come without going through the ups and downs.