5 Tips for Beginning Investors

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editor Janet Bodnar shares our best investing advice in a letter to her son -- and any twentysomething looking to get into the market.

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I was impressed when my twentysomething son, Peter, told me recently that he was reading Benjamin Graham’s classic, The Intelligent Investor. Peter also subscribes (on his own) to Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine, of which I’m the editor, and he occasionally asks me for advice. I’m fortunate to have the expertise of our staff at my disposal, plus some thoughts of my own for beginning investors. I distilled them into an e-mail that Peter says he found “really helpful,” so I thought I’d share it:

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Janet Bodnar

Janet Bodnar is editor-at-large of Kiplinger's Personal Finance, a position she assumed after retiring as editor of the magazine after eight years at the helm. She is a nationally recognized expert on the subjects of women and money, children's and family finances, and financial literacy. She is the author of two books, Money Smart Women and Raising Money Smart Kids. As editor-at-large, she writes two popular columns for Kiplinger, "Money Smart Women" and "Living in Retirement." Bodnar is a graduate of St. Bonaventure University and is a member of its Board of Trustees. She received her master's degree from Columbia University, where she was also a Knight-Bagehot Fellow in Business and Economics Journalism.