When should I start investing?

Cheat Sheet:

  • Start as early as you possibly can
  • Invest for the long haul
  • Don’t wait until you can afford whole shares.  Fractional shares make it easy to start with only a few dollars.

You’ve heard the saying, “Buy low, sell high,” right?  People on Wall Street would love to be able to say, “I’ll buy this stock today because it’s going up tomorrow.”  Unfortunately, that crystal ball doesn’t exist.  No one can time the market, so don’t bother trying!

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What is an IPO?

Cheat Sheet:

  • IPO stands for initial public offering.
  • It is when a company first sells its stock to the general public.
  • In an IPO, a stock begins trading on a stock exchange like the NYSE or Nasdaq.

When a company is young, its owners are usually a small group of people that have a connection to the company (founders, employees, and investors).  The company’s stock is  “privately held.”  Most companies stay that way, but some grow to the point where they sell shares in the company to the general public.  This is called an IPO, or initial public offering.

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What is the stock market?

Cheat Sheet:

  • After the IPO, shares get traded (bought and sold) directly between investors on the stock market.
  • The stock market is where stocks are traded. 
  • Stock isn’t sold at a fixed price.  The stock market is a giant auction with prices constantly changing due to supply and demand.

When you buy stock on the stock market, you aren’t buying it from the company – you’re buying it from an existing shareholder. Likewise, when you sell your shares, you’re not selling them back to the company – you’re selling them to some other investor.

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Why do stocks go up and down?

Cheat Sheet:

  • Supply and demand.
  • Prices go up when there are more buyers than sellers.
  • Prices go down when there are more sellers than buyers.

Very simply, stock prices go up and down due to supply and demand. But what exactly causes changes in supply and demand?  Here are a few of the things that may lead to a stock going up or down:

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Invest with Stockpile

With Stockpile, you can buy fractional shares of stock in publicly-traded companies. Rather than buying an entire share of stock, you can get just the amount you want in your favorite company.

You can pick from more than a thousand stocks including Amazon, Tesla, Apple, Nike and Disney. Stockpile also offers ETFs for Gold, NASDAQ, S&P500 and more.

See the video below on how you can get started with Stockpile:

 

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Individual Stocks

Many successful investors recommend investing in companies you know: What products or services do you use and love? Where do you shop or play?

Start by learning about the company. You can find lots of information on the company’s website and in news articles. More detailed financial information is available on the Stockpile website or mobile app, on sites like Google Finance, or in the Investor Relations section of the company’s website.

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