While the stock market can yield solid returns, it can be a minefield for those who aren’t financial professionals or who are new to investing. Newcomers can get tripped up trying to follow trends or blind themselves to the realities of the market. It’s important to have a long-term plan and take the time to learn best practices.
With care and attention as well as the right foundation and education, investing in the stock market can be a valuable part of anyone’s financial plan. To help new investors get off to the right start, 12 professionals from Forbes Finance Council share their best advice below.