When it comes to stock investing, knowing your investment goal is crucial. That, along with your investing time frame and how much risk you’re willing to take when investing in stocks, will help you determine how your stock investments should work with the rest of your investment portfolio.

Stock investing can help your investment portfolio by providing potential growth, income from dividends or a combination of the two. However, the value of any stock can fluctuate over time so it may be worth more or less than you originally paid.