I know there are some macrumors investors on here, so I'm looking for some help and or advice. I've been reading a bit about investing (stocks, ETF, mutual funds) for a while now, though not as much as I'd liked too, and I am getting closer to jumping into the market. I have some companies in mind that I have been following as well as mutual funds. I'm just having a hard time getting started.. With 2-3K, is it wise to buy only one company's stock, or two, or go with mutual funds? What would be the best way to diversify those 2-3K? Should some be invested for the long term, and partial for short term? Any advice is greatly appreciated! Here is some info to help you guys out! -A part from the 2-3K I do have some money stored away for emergencies. -I know IRA's are another safe option, but for now I don't want to go that route. -I know I can maybe go see a financial advisor, and maybe I will, but I want to be the one doing my own investing. Learning by trial and error I guess. Main Questions: -How would you invest 2-3K? -What would be the best way to diversify it? -Is it worth it to invest it short term? Greater risk for greater returns?