Does access to so much information come at another hidden price?

According to the Pew Research Center, 37% of all economic Internet users feel more worried about our nation's economic future, compared with 10% who feel more confident about it. The access to so much information, both good and bad, shapes how we feel about our investments and future financial picture.

What percentage of all online economic users feel they have learned something about our financial crisis?

Thirty-nine percent of these users feel they have increased their own understanding of the situation by using the Web.

What percentage of all Americans have contributed to content about the recession online?

About 23% of all adult Americans have contributed something online about the recession, through blogs, social media sites, comments on news sites, and discussion boards.

Who are the financial information seekers online?

The majority of Internet users seeking financial information are older than 30. In fact, 14% are age 30^i9, 13% are 50-64, and 15% are 65 and older. Only 6% of these users are age 18-29.

What is "investing"?

Investing is the act of using money to buy a financial product with the expectation of making more money over a period of time than what you used to buy the financial product.

How long should I hold an investment?

Some people who trade stocks can make a return on their investment in a few seconds, while others take a few months or even years. If you keep your money invested in cash in a bank, you might make anywhere from 0% interest to a few percent return on the investment over a few years.

What must I consider before investing?

You must decide what type of investment to buy, how much money to put into the investment, how long you will hold it, how much of a return you wish to make, how much risk there is of losing money on the investment over time, how much could you potentially make, and how much you can afford to lose.

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