Investing in the stock market is very simple. All you have to do to get started is buy 1 share of stock. If that share goes up in value, it’s worth more than what you paid, and now you have more money than you started with. The stock market is a place where you can invest in the future. The prices of stocks and bonds fluctuate, but they are still worth something. You can buy them cheaply and sell them for more money later. This is called trading stocks or shares of companies. When you trade stocks, you are buying and selling shares of companies that are publicly traded on the stock market. You might also buy or sell bonds, which are IOUs from governments or companies that pay an interest rate over time to whoever owns them.