How I started investing money

Growing up in India, I think most of us have heard of an uncle who used to play with stocks and lost a ton of money. I also heard such stories and I had fully imbibed that buying stocks was as good as gambling. Only reliable sources of investing were fixed deposits, or buying some property like land, house or shop. When I came to the US, buying any property was ruled out, close equivalents of fixed deposits were giving close to 0.5% return. Of course, I did the most sensible thing with whatever money I was saving out of my stipend, I kept it in my bank account earning a handsome 0.01% interest per year. It could increase by 10 times, and I won’t feel a difference!

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