Investing in the Stock Market
It can be rather daunting if you do not know what exactly your investment goals are. You have several options. That can actually be a bad thing.
You can self invest, which I prefer, but the comfort level of doing such a thing will vary based on the individual.
You can invest with a mutual fund. You would simply contact one. There are smaller mutual funds and larger ones. Most of them would require you to set up an online account. Some will even help you with doing so, especially if you have a lot of money to invest. People will bend over backwards for you if you have a lot of money that you are interested in investing.
You can simply put your money in a CD. You can often times do this through your local bank. The interest rates on these are not that great, but they are much safer in comparison to the market.
You can look for enticing savings bonds. The rates will vary with interest rates and with the bond rating. If you choose a bond that has a worse financial rating you will get a higher interest rate, but your money is at a higher risk than if you got your savings bonds with the government.
As you can see there are numerous ways to invest your money. Each of them carries some sort of risk. Some more than others. It is up to you to decide your risk level and learn a little about your options.
It can be a lot of work, but it is nice to know where your money is.