Can I Start Investing if I Don't Have the Minimum Investment Amount?

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You may be surprised at the big minimum investment amounts that are required to start investing with an investment firm or an online site. when you finally reach the point where you are ready to start investing, you may not want to wait to save up the amount required to start investing. Fortunately, there are options available to you that will allow you to start investing. You should never borrow money so that you can invest, because you do not know how the market will do and you can end up losing  a lot of money.

 

Consider an Online Investment Option

Many online investment sites and investment firms have a minimum initial investment amount. Additionally they may require that you maintain that amount as your minimum balance or they will close your account. Most investment firms have an initial investment of $5,000.00, while online firms have a minimum investment amount of $1,000.00. If you are ready to begin investing (meaning you are debt free besides your home), you may not have enough for the initial minimum investment amount. It is an exciting step to begin investing for the first time. Investing is one of the first steps in wealth building. There are several options available to you.

  • Do your research carefully. Be sure to check on the reputation of your investing firm.
  • Consider firms that have both online and traditional options.
  • Look at the feeds involved in the trades. 

Save Up the Minimum Amount

You can just save up until you hit the minimum payment amount.

Transfer the money that you are going to invest into a savings account, until you have the minimum payment amount. It may take you a few months to save up for the initial investment amount. It is still good practice to set that money aside. It is also a good chance to see if you are really disciplined enough to continue investing.

Many people can save up $1,000 in just a month or two. It should be even easier if you are debt free to do this.

  • Make an effort to save the money as quickly as possible.
  • Saving the money can help you determine that you are ready to start investing.
  • Working a second job for a short time can help you raise the money you need to start investing.

Consider Starting Your Investing with an IRA

You can check to see if there is an exception if you open an IRA account with a monthly automatic transfer into the account. Many companies allow you to begin investing in an IRA account with a lower initial investment if you will sign up for the automatic transfer. This is a nice option, because it makes investing automatic. You just set where you want the money to go when you first set up the account.

  • IRA accounts allow you to have a lower investing minimum.
  • You will not be able to access the money in this investment until you are 59 and a half without paying a penalty.
  • The automatic transfer can help you plan for retirement effectively, especially if you do not qualify for a retirement account through your employer.

Make Sure You Understand Your Options

Before you make these investments, you need to understand where you are putting your money and what the investment will do for you.

Unless you have taken classes or taken time to study the stock market on your own then the safest and easiest thing to invest in is mutual funds. Even then you need to carefully consider things such as the earning history of the fund, the types of stock that it buys, and the fees for buying, selling and administrative costs.

  • Study the market and learn about the types of investments you feel most safe with.
  • Read books and financial articles to learn about how the market works and how it will help you.
  • While you are preparing to invest consider following the market to understand it works. 

Consider Using a Financial Advisor

If you are unsure about what to do, you should speak to a financial advisor. She should be able to explain each type of investment and the reasons she recommends those types of stocks to you.

If she cannot then you need to find another advisor. The key to building wealth is to put your money in and to leave it there. If you are constantly pulling it out at the whim of the market, you will not build wealth.

Investing is a great way to begin building wealth. However, it is important to remember that the market will fluctuate. You do not want to pull out when the market drops because that is when you lose money. If you can hang in there while the market is down, it should recover and you will be able to still make money in the stock market. If you are not sure that you will be able to handle a downturn in the economy, it is best to find a financial adviser who can help you understand it better.