Before investing make sure that you have six months worth of money that is safe in a bank account. With the money that is left over, there are many different investments to buy which you have heard of including bonds, stocks, commodities, and derivatives. However, we recommend that you do not invest in any of those options. Buying mutual funds or ETFs instead will make your investments less volatile, most likely earn you more money in the long term and make your investment process more worry free. S&P 500 (in Vanguard under the symbol VOO) is one of the safest investments to make if you are starting to invest. Other investments that you could make include growth indexes like Vanguard's MGK ETF. We recommend that you create a Vanguard investment account. If you do not already have an IRA or Roth IRA, we recommend that you set one up an IRA if you make more than $60,000 and a Roth IRA if you make less than $60,000 and first invest the maximum amount possible for each year in that IRA account. With the money left over you should invest it through a Vanguard brokerage account.