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Is it worth it to have a $25 investment account?

by Taylor Kovar
Hey Taylor - I don't have a lot of money, but I know I want to start investing in the stock market. Since I don't want to touch my emergency fund, is it worth opening an account with just $25? - Paul

Hey Paul - $25 is technically enough to start with, but I would prefer you put it in savings until you have more money to invest. If you're buying stocks with that little money, you'll see a large percentage of your funds swallowed up by service fees. So, instead of just buying a share of stock, let's go over your other options.
1. Save more. This is what I'd prefer you do. By actively saving your money and putting $5 to $20 aside each week, it won't be long before you have enough to make a worthwhile investment. If you can show the patience and restraint to save $1,000, you can invest in a couple of companies and potentially see some returns. You'll also lose a much smaller amount on fees when you invest more. It might feel exciting at first to buy $25 worth of stocks (closer to $15 after the fees), but most stocks that trade that low come with a lot of risk. Take the time to build up an investment fund, then give it a go.

2. Get creative. If this is really about growing your wealth, and you only have $25 available, think about ways you could put that money to work. You could buy a $15 chair at a thrift store, get $10 worth of paint, refurbish the chair and sell it for $35. If you think about how much your time is worth, you could pay yourself $25 to organize and host a yard sale. There are immediate ways for you to build your money, all of which can move you closer to doing some serious investing.

3. Buy a commission-free fund. This definitely isn't my first choice, but I think you should know it's an option. You can buy certain ETFs without paying a service fee, but there will almost certainly be charges on the back end, plus you won't really know what your dollars are doing. You'll need to keep buying into this fund to see returns down the road, which is why I think it makes more sense for you to just keep saving money and invest later when you have more capital.

I know this isn't particularly exciting advice, but there's not much sense in making an investment that sets you back financially and discourages you from future investing. You want to make the most of what you put into the stock market, and saving up is the best way to ensure you do so. Be patient and it will all work out. Good luck, Paul!


Taylor Kovar April 6, 2018 column
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Disclosure: Information presented is for educational purposes only and is not an offer or solicitation for the sale or purchase of any specific securities, investments, or investment strategies. Investments involve risk and, unless otherwise stated, are not guaranteed. Be sure to first consult with a qualified financial adviser and/or tax professional before implementing any strategy discussed herein. Past performance is not indicative of future performance. To submit a question to be answered in this column, please send it via email to Question@TaylorKovar.com, or via regular mail to Lessons on Wealth, 106 E Lufkin Ave., Lufkin, TX 75901.


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