How to Invest With Little Money

November 28, 2016 by Amanda Blankenship

How to Invest With Little Money
Over half of Americans don’t have any money in the stock market. That is more than 50 percent. To many people this may not seem too surprising. After all, who has the money to invest anyway? Well, truth be told, you don’t need a ton of money to invest and it could lead to a lifetime of financial security.

You Don’t Need Much to Get Started

According to Investopedia, you can successfully start your investment portfolio with as little as $1,000. You will need to find a brokerage firm that will allow you to start an account with $1,000 (some will require more but they exist!). Most investors with only $1,000 to start will have to go with a discount broker, however, you will be able to start investing and help your money make money for you (everyone’s goal).

The Cookie Jar Approach

You can also try and invest your change. If you store away change for an entire year you would be surprised as to how much money you are able to save and start investing by year’s end. If you have trouble saving or setting money aside for your investments, have no fear! There’s an app for that.

Try the Digit.co budgeting app or the Acorns app to help you start investing your change. Digit will help you save if you’d like to save a more significant amount of money to invest. Acorns, on the other hand, will round up your credit and debit card purchases and invest your spare change. You don’t have to even think about it.

Retirement Plans

Another form of investing that you may be interested in is investing in your future: your retirement. If your employer has a retirement plan you can set aside a certain amount of money (or percentage) from every check. Oftentimes your employer will even match what you contribute into the plan, especially 401K retirement plans.

Research Mutual Funds

If you aren’t looking to retire but are truly looking to invest your money you may want to look into mutual funds or an IRA account. Most mutual funds only require an initial investment between $500 and $5,000 (relatively low initial investment prices). A great company to look into for this type of account is T. Rowe Price.

Investing Applications and Sites

In this day and age you don’t need to see a broker or go to the bank to invest your money. You can simply download an app or sign up for an investing account online. Robo advisors are another way you can start investing with only a small amount of money.

As mentioned above, Acorns is a great user-friendly app for investing. Not only can you invest your spare change but you can also set up a recurring withdrawal from your bank account to the Acorns account. Acorns also allows you to alter your investing goals and helps you reach them.

Another great investing website is Betterment. Betterment has no minimum deposit to start an account and you can contribute as little as $10 at a time. If you are short on cash but want to start planning ahead for your future, Betterment is a great option!

You don’t have to have a ton of money to start investing now. All you need is the desire for a secure financial future.

Photo: Pictures of Money

1 thought on “How to Invest With Little Money”

  1. This is what most people need to realize that they don’t need to have a big amount of money to start investing. I started with more than $2,000, and see with $1,000, you can start investing.

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