When you invest diversifying risk should be the utmost importance. Diversifying risk by investing in many areas is the obvious best way to invest. As the saying goes one should never put all the eggs in one basket. Risk is defined as ; a hazard, a peril, exposure to loss or injury, thus this means that something you might not anticipate will occur and can occur. When investing your expected rate of return on your investment should be of major concern when choosing different investment options. Some different investment options include, Stocks, 401(k), Certificates of deposit, Mutual funds, bonds, hedge funds, etf's, and municipal bonds. For definitions to all of these you should go to CNNmoney.com. One initial investment options you might have would be to Find out about the upcoming IPO'S Initial public offerings that means the company's that are newly started up and selling their stock. These type of start up offer a lot of potential for as a lot of investors are putting their money into newly started IPO's. If you have a large sum of money in sitting in the bank never leave money in an account that always leave money in a vehicle were it can make a return of some sort anything is better than a traditional banks usual interest rate which would probably be at .5% to 1%
Fidelity.com also offers a lot of investors tools free for site visitors it also provides definitions to a lot of investment things such as Cd's and mutual funds. One absolute way to be financially sound when investing is to make yourself financially aware. You can make yourself financially aware in a number of ways such as subscribing to a a business magazines such as money magazine which covers a lot of different topics and gives a lot of different advice on financials. Subscribe also to financial news letter that can be sent to your email. Remember invest never let your money sit on idle and always pay yourself!