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5 Things You Need Before You Invest in the Stock Market Nicole Lapin breaks down how to buy a stock -- and how to know you're ready to start investing.

By Nicole Lapin Edited by Dan Bova

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In this video, Entrepreneur Network partner Nicole Lapin explains why you might not be ready to invest just yet, even if you already know how to read market trends and can pick a winning company. After all, do you even know the process of how stock shares are bought and sold? Do you have enough savings (and little enough debt) to withstand an unexpected downturn?

Most people skip these questions and try to jump right to the part where they make money, but you can't cut corners when it comes to investing.

To learn more, click play.

Related: Investing 101: A Quick Guide to Savings Accounts

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Nicole Lapin's new book, Boss Bitch, is available on Amazon.

Nicole Lapin

Financial Journalist, New York Times Bestselling Author, Anchor

Nicole Lapin is the New York Times bestselling author of Rich Bitch, Boss Bitch and Becoming Super Woman. She is the host of the nationally syndicated business reality competition show Hatched. Former anchor on CNN, CNBC and Bloomberg. Host of "Money Rehab with Nicole Lapin" launching April 5th.

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