I am thinking about investing part of my earnings into stocks. My goal is to invest long-term (5-10 years) into some well-established/stable companies and get 4-5% annual returns/avoid inflation of my savings. The net is full of suggestions (how strange!) about quick manipulations/schemes so it's hard for me to figure out my serious/long-term strategy.I would appreciate if someone could share some quality noob-friendly resources for learning the basics about discovering these 'safe' stocks. Any suggestions? Google stocks look good for me but I don't feel competent to make a decision.