I am thinking about investing some money each month into stocks that pay a dividend. I have never done anything like this before so I don't know what I am doing.
Every time I ask someone about the risks of investing, they always tell me that I could lose all my money. That is not specific enough for me. So my question is, what are some ways that I can lose all or part of my money? Secondly, how can I protect myself?
For example, I have heard about dilution and that companies will often miss paying dividends. How can I protect myself against dilution, and missed dividend payments, as well as other risks.
I don't need a long answer, bullet points would be fine. I just need to be pointed in the right direction so that I can research the details. Thanks.