Investing should be a no brainer for Americans of any age. It is the best way to grow your wealth over the course of your lifetime. But the combination of a recent market collapse and a lack of knowledge, especially among the youngest professionals, have led to a much lower percentage of people who invest than in the recent past.

But starting to invest does not have to be hard. If your employer offers a 401k plan, that is the easiest way to begin investing. If not, you have other options that don’t depend on your employment situation, such as an IRA or other investment account. The key is to start as soon as you’re able, so that you give yourself and your money time to grow. For more, read the full story here.

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