I have zero clue how this works. I have 401k at work, but it's pretty much a hands off thing. They do all the work for me. When you buy stocks, do you get a check every month, a percentage of the profits from the company you bought stocks from? I have 10k I can afford to lose to play around with and I was thinking of buying "safe" stocks like Google or any solid company that will not be going under any time soon. Just as a point of reference, if I buy 10k worth of Google's stocks, how much money should I be expecting to get every month? Or does it not work like this?