Think of this section as a roadmap for your entrance into the stock market. It offers detailed information on everything from asset allocation to the phenomena of investment clubs. The novice investor can use this section as a solid point of reference while entering the markets. In fact, you can begin by determining your benchmark portfolio asset mix, proceed to where and how to open a trading account, and finish with a few tips on placing your orders. Check out our investment clubs reference guide for some useful hints on their structure and how you can get involved.