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The next point we need to look at is whether you will be making your own decisions on where to invest or getting a professional in to do the job for you. If you are planning to invest in the stock market you will need some serious knowledge of how to select stocks before jumping in. However if you choose to use a financial professional then you just need to make some enquiries to ascertain their track record. 

There are conflicting reports that Muslim and Jewish merchants in Cairo were the first to establish a stock market while the traditionalists maintain the oldest ones were actually in Italy and these are usually the starting point when considering a brief history of stock market trading. The 13th Century Italians almost certainly had the closest share trading markets to what we would recognize today. 

This can be sometimes overlooked in the excitement of making your first investment but it can have a serious impact on your performance. If you are what is called "risk averse" you will probably be a nervous wreck if you put all your money into high risk shares. By learning to manage your risk levels you can ensure that you only select positions you will feel comfortable with over the medium to long term life of your portfolio. 

And the old adage of time is money is very true if that happens. That's your time and more importantly your money! Certainly don't dismiss the profit making companies who offer bill consolidation services out of hand without checking all the figures very carefully. Remember they are in business and will only stay in business if they do a good job for their customers. 

While markets fluctuate and at times quite wildly they do tend to rise over time but that won't help you if you need to get your hands on your cash the day after tomorrow and the market's in freefall. As with anything else it's vital to understand the rules of the game and how they apply to the position you are planning to take. 

One of the fundamentals is to know what you are doing. Without this you are not investing but gambling. Let's take an example of the silver markets about 30 years ago. Two brothers Nelson Bunker Hunt and William Herbert Hunt decided to corner the silver market along with some of their business associates.