Free resources and products to get your investing decision questions answered, so that you can start to invest your extra money.
This is a sponsored post on behalf of Emperor Investments. All opinions are my own and were not influenced by any parties.
So, you’ve got a little extra money socked away, and you’re thinking you should start to invest on the side to earn more than the piddly interest rate offered by savings accounts.
There’s just one problem:
You have a ton of beginner investment questions (not to mention, specific investing decision questions), and you don’t even know where to start to get the answers.
- How do I start investing with little money?
- How much money should I keep in savings versus how much should I invest?
- How much money do I need to start investing?
- How do I pick stocks to invest in?
- Is a mutual fund[i] better, or should I go with individual stocks?
- What is the best investment for beginners?
- How do I manage the taxes I’ll owe if I earn money with stocks?
If you’ve got questions to ask before investing in stocks, then buckle up – I’ve got several free resources that you can use to get the answers you need…without paying for a financial advisor.
Psst: Not sure if your money situation is good enough to invest yet? Check out FINRA’s free resource on prepping your finances to invest.
Resource #1: Join a Self-Directed Investment Club
Have you ever heard of investment clubs? Sounds kind of middle-school, I know, but this could be just the thing you need to start investing confidently. Basically, you meet up with a bunch of other people also interested in investing, and you talk to one another about the best investments to make.
With a regular investment club, you would actually all pool your money together and buy together. But with a self-directed investment club? You can make decisions on investments with others, but then make the investments yourself. It’s sort of a win-win.
So, where exactly do you find a self-directed investment club? Meetup.com lists 26 clubs across the U.S., and another good place to look is BetterInvesting.org.
Resource #2: Ask Your Employer’s Retirement Plan Broker
Getting your beginner investing questions answered can be as easy as asking your HR department about your benefits, especially since 55% of employers offer retirement plan one-on-one investment advice.
And if your company isn’t one of the ones that offers an individual retirement plan investment advice? Call your employer’s 401(k) broker company, and ask them your specific investing decision questions. Who knows what kind of help you can get!
Bonus tip: 20% of employers also have financial wellness programs as part of their benefits package. So, don’t forget to ask!
Resource #3: Let a Personalized Robo Advisor Pick Stocks for You
Making investment decisions – like so many other financial services and products – now has a pretty neat automation option: the Robo Advisor.
Robo Advisors offer their own unique algorithms to pick stocks FOR you, in accordance with your risk tolerance and other information you provide them.
Which is amazing, especially if you don’t know how, or don’t feel confident enough, to handpick stocks yourself.
Even better, there’s a new hybrid of Robo Advisor that offers automated investing using a smart algorithm, in addition to a human touch. In other words, a savvy algorithm qualifies a list of good, dividend-producing stocks out of the 35,000 available, then a group of real people (you know, the kind that geek out on the stock market?) goes through that list and qualifies stocks by hand.
And they do this every quarter.
Through those two filters – both an algorithm, and a team of people – they get their “Dream Team” list of about 250 stocks together.
Here’s the cool part: you fill out information so that they can get an idea of your risk tolerance PLUS an idea of what your dream goals are to save up for, and they then pick you out an individual portfolio of stocks based on the info you’ve given.
On top of that, since it’s a team of real people doing this, they have a few people who have the legal credentials to give financial advice – so you can schedule a call with them to get your specific investment questions answered.
Resource #4: Check Out Investor.gov Resources
You better believe that the government has some awesome, free resources to help answer something as important as investment questions.
Here’s some great links[ii] for you from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (hint: they’re the guys who regulate the stock market and work to protect investors like you):
- Introduction to Investing (for adults)
- Investment help for teachers
- Investment help for military personnel
Resource #5: Ask Your Questions in Investment Forums
There are some good resources online where you can meet other people, and start asking some of those investment questions you have.
Great resources to give a try include:
- Morningstar’s Investment Forum
- Boglehead’s Investment Forum
- Reddit’s Investment Forum
- Ask your investment questions on Quora
Resource #6: Take a Free Investment Course
You might be surprised to find that there are lots of free investment courses out there. Get a great introduction to investing, and get some of those beginner investment questions answered using one of the free courses below:
- Basic Investing Concepts (1 hour)
- Stock Market Investing for Beginners (1.5 hours)
- How to Start Investing for Absolute Beginners (1 hour)
- Advanced Investing Manual (45 minutes)
The incredible, free, resources above should help you get the answers to all those beginner investing questions you have. Not to mention, you’ve now got an option for getting others to handpick stocks for you. If, after all this, you still want to hire a financial advisor? Be sure to read FINRA’s guidance on the questions you need to ask them before doing so.
[i] Mutual Funds are sold by prospectus. Please consider the investment objectives, risks, charges, and expenses carefully before investing in Mutual Funds. The prospectus, which contains this and other information about the investment company, can be obtained directly from the Fund Company or your financial professional. Be sure to read the prospectus carefully before deciding whether to invest.
[ii] Links to third-party web sites are provided as a convenience. Emperor Investments does not endorse nor support the content of third-party sites. By clicking on a third-party link, you will leave this website where privacy and security policies may differ from those practiced by Emperor Investments.
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