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Originally Published: Sep 14, 2020
Originally Published: Sep 14, 2020 Last Updated: Feb 22, 2021 5 min read
Jade Schulz for Money

The stock market has been all over the news lately, thanks to the Apple and Tesla stock splits, the race for a coronavirus vaccine and the fluctuations in the Dow. Even amateur investors are paying attention — and, in many cases, wondering if now is the perfect time to wade into the stock market.

It's not a decision to make lightly. Buying individual stocks can be profitable, but as you might guess from the recent market volatility, it can be risky. You'll probably want to brush up on your investing basics before taking the plunge.

Here's what you need to know.