An informed investor is an intelligent investor, and an informed decision is an intelligent decision. However, we make wrong decisions mainly because we do not have all the information or simply are not knowledgeable about something. Many people are fearful about the stock market because they have been burnt in the past or know someone who has lost money in the past. They are not wrong, and they are not alone. We are not taught about finance, investing, and stocks in school or college. We learn it by trial and error, and along the way, many of us are left with a bad taste that makes us fearful or overly conservative in our investments. The recent scars of 2000 and 2008 have been so deep that many individual investors just left the field. In addition, the perception is that one has to be an expert in economics and spends a lot of time to be successful in investing. It is not true. We can build basic understandings of how things work slowly and steadily. This book will go a long way towards that and will make the process easier. There are no recipes for overnight success or cut-and-dry method to be successful in the stock market. It is the proverbial slow-but-patient tortoise that beat the fast-but-inconsistent fox to the finish line. There are many ways to make money, and plenty of ways to lose money. Investing in stocks is a learning process, and you will walk sure-footed as you gain more experience.