Hey all, I'm 19 years old and would like to begin investing money somehow for my future. I've ammassed around $4200 in a savings account and routinely have money coming back to me between work and financial aid for school. I'm in a good spot right now since I'm attending school through a complete tuition paid scholarship and have also been approved for grants and other financial aid to help me get through school.I'd like to use some of this money that I'm getting and invest it in a way that it grows and provides me money for my future and later events like purchasing a home. I'm kind of new to the investment thing and looking for advice from fellow HTF members on the best way to do this and see a good return w/ less risk. The way I see it I have several options includng the stock market, an IRA, or CD accounts. I currently have a CD account that I've put some money into with my family but the CD thing doesn't really provide a high return like I'm hoping to achieve. The stock market can be very rewarding but in this case it might be a little bit risky for me. This leaves me with an IRA or mutual funds (or are these two the same thing? excuse my ignorance), I don't know much about these except that they are built around retirement. I'd be real interested in somehow investing in real estate since I know it can be a very secure investment and can provide high rates of return but I haven't the foggiest of how to do this much less begin my investment career. What should I look into doing with my money that will make it grow w/ little risk and hopefully give me a secure financial future? how do I go about investing money? and is there a good resource to learn about investing and the various ways of doing it? thanks!