Do you want to invest but just don’t know how to start?
Do you find the idea of investing daunting, and want an easy, step-by-step guide you can follow?
You’ve come to the right place! In this video, I’ll show you how you can start investing today in 7 easy steps!
1. Decide the Investment Amount
You don’t need a lot of money to start investing – even $50 a month can go a long way!
2. Figure Out the Right Investment Account
There are many different types of accounts you can use to invest, like brokerage accounts, retirement accounts, college savings accounts, and more! Based on your needs, choose the account that’s right for you.
For example, if you are investing for retirement, a 401k account or an IRA would be a good option.
If you’re investing for your kids’ education, a 529 account is the right choice.
When investing for other long term goals, a regular brokerage account might make the most sense.
3. Open an Investment Account
Once you know what type of investment account you need, the next step is to actually open that account.
Look for an account that offers a good selection of investment options, has no minimum balance requirements, no monthly fees, and low – or no – commissions.
The actual process of opening an account is very simple, and can be done in just a few minutes online or by visiting a branch of the brokerage firm you chose.
4. Fund Your Account
Ideally, you should transfer a fixed amount into it every month consistently, so that you can continue making investments. This can easily be done by setting up automatic ACH transfers.
5. Figure Out What to Invest In
There are many factors that influence your investment choices. For example, your age, your risk tolerance, and the time you are investing for, all play a part in deciding what to invest in.
The kind of account you have might also impact your decision. For example, 401k and 529 accounts usually have a predetermined set of investment options.
Chances are when you are just starting out, you want to go with a safer choice. In that case, it is best not to invest in individual stocks, but rather in a passively managed Index Fund or Exchange Traded Fund (ETF). A great choice for new investors is a low cost index fund that tracks the S&P 500.
6. Choose an Investment Strategy and Set Up Automatic Investing
Once you know what to invest in, you need to choose an investment strategy.
A good strategy for new investors is Dollar Cost Averaging – this is where you automatically invest a certain amount of money every month. This way, you invest consistently and don’t buy or sell investments impulsively based on emotions.
Just like automating money transfers from your bank account into your brokerage account, you can easily automate this monthly investment in your brokerage account for hassle-free investing.
7. Invest and Forget
Don’t be intimidated by complicated or fancy investing strategies you hear from experts, and don’t fall for get-rich-quick schemes.
Although it is not exciting, long-term buy-and-hold investing has proven time and time again to give consistently good returns.
Remember, investing is not a sprint but a marathon, and you are in it for the long haul.
So what are you waiting for? Start investing already!
Don’t procrastinate – the sooner you start investing, the exponentially higher your returns will be! Use the steps in this video to start investing today!