The book leads a beginner to the understanding of investments such as stocks, bonds, mutual funds and exchange traded funds. It introduces the basics of stock market, such as the different types of stocks, stock market indexes, stock market exchanges, and the procedure for opening the brokerage account and trading stocks. Along with the measures of stock valuation, it looks at the financial statements of companies. It discusses the procedure for the evaluation of stocks and provides examples related to the selection of stocks from the financial data available in the literature. This background leads to the discussion of mutual funds and exchange traded funds.and the development of investment porfolios.