Personally, I would encourage a structured way to learn investing. 1) Understand what are the basics, what kind of financial Instruments are available? 2) Understand yourself. What is your risk appetite and your goals. What if, the goals cannot be met if you have low risk appetite)? 3) Are blue chips really all safe? (hyflux, AIG, creative, keppel, Starhub, singtel? 4) economy changes and the effects on business (in turn affects their financial and stock market value)? 5) why does the index survive 100 years but stocks drop out of the index?