I shudder writing this, as I am sure it has been written 1000 times or more and everyone is busy, however I have found that most forums out there serve the greater good, people actually DO like helping.
So, I am 36 and have, (largely thanks to a good relationship and two incomes) finally started to get ahead, get savings in the bank and start thinking about the future instead of month to month.
I am interested in buying shares as a medium to long term invester, putting maybe $1000 a month into a portfolio and watching and playing but not expecting a return for 10 - 20 years, which should give me plenty of time to work it all out.
Which brings me to my conundrum here.
I am at the entry and have walked into the world of buying shares, I know very little about the stock market. I registered in Etrade and read some of their tutorials about different types of investing and looked at enough forums to work out that actually you need to do some reading and learn about it, unless you want to pay someone else to do that for you.
Thing is, i want to learn, do it myself, have some fun and hopefulyl make some money.
I just dont really know where to start and am bamboozled by all the literature out there, there are idiots duides, dummies guides to online investing, rich dad poor dad, reports you can subscribe too, charts you can analyse.
I am not a deep routed mathematician type who can poor over charts, and I have a demanding job that wont let me spend hours looking at the stock market every day. Like going to the gym, everyone has to start somewhere, I just wondered if any of you guys could think back to when you were me, and if there was a path you followed to slowly develop your skill but get onto the stock market and star trading, what is it?
Not looking for a short cut here guys, happy to do my legwork but really keen for any general pointers which you found worked for you.