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Equally important if someone decides to go ahead is making certain that the loan they are taking out is the cheapest they can get. A great way to do this is to shop around and compares prices and costs exactly the same as for making any major purchase. With the internet available to just about everyone now doing the checking can be a very simple task. 

For those who have decided that they would like to go for the full blooded approach of buying stocks and shares directly they need to have between $3,000 and $5,000 if they want to use a full service stock broker. There are a few brokers who will consider investments of less but they will need seeking out. 

Of course safe investing means different things to different people. To some the idea of safe is simply to put their money on deposit. However from a stock market point of view let's look at what safe means to new investors. While investing in stocks and shares will always carry a certain amount of risk especially over the short term it is possible to minimize that risk. 

If you were asked to help someone out would you trust them if they lied to you? Of course you wouldn't and neither will the loan companies. They are looking for people to lie to them on their applications and they are very good at spotting the tall tales. They have a lot of practice! So what do you say to them? 

For example you could choose gold or any other precious metal, real estate, Certificates of Deposit or even old automobiles. Your choice is limited only by your imagination and of course the depth of your pockets! Whichever way you decide to invest there are some "rules" which carry across regardless. 

Online savings accounts are open 24/7, so you even if you want to make a transaction at 2 in the morning, you can very conveniently do it through your computer, your laptop or even your mobile phone. Also, since these banks are operational through the Internet, you don t have to worry about not being in the country to make a particular deposit or a withdrawal from the account.