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chesty
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Investing For Students

I am trying to figure out a decent way to do a little investing on a student budget, I have about 4K on hand in savings, I would like to find a way to have my money work a little bit for me. The only debt I have is a car note, and I make enough between the bar and my day job to be okay and still keep putting money away.What are some strategies or advice that I might be able to use?


bunky
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inb4 roth IRA


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jso0003
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I would pick 3-4 very well rounded ETF funds and just spread your money out between those. Maybe even just put it all in a diversified target date fund.

You dont want to waste your time trying to trade a bunch of different stocks because any potential gains are just going to get eaten up by transaction costs.


Siderophore
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Use Sharebuilder.

They are very friendly with small investment amounts.

You can buy fractional shares, and buying shares as part of an automatic investment plan is only 4 dollars each.

(or 12 dollars a month for their premier services, which include credit for 12 transactions a month and only a dollar for additional transactions).

With 4k in savings though, I would consider dumping it into an Vanguard mutual fund that you like (directly, not through share builder).


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Teddy Ruxpin
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Investing For Students


Would have been glorious if you went to LSU from say 1996 to 2000. I think interest rates were only a few percent on student loans, invest it, would have had the market pay you to go to school.

Would have been sweet.


Siderophore
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I know some brave souls that day trade their student loans.


Teddy Ruxpin
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I know some brave souls that day trade their student loans.




Siderophore
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It works pretty good for them so far, but they gotta fall flat on their face sooner or later.


Teddy Ruxpin
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It works pretty good for them so far, but they gotta fall flat on their face sooner or later.


Ya, I'll call you skilled when there are more losers than winner in the market and you are still making money.


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Chris Farley
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Spend this money on something fun while you still have the time. I had some savings in college and decided to blow it all doing a semester abroad in Europe and couldn't have been happier with my decision. If you can graduate with no debt and a decent job lined up just have some fun with the money. Once you start working you won't have the time to do all the fun shite you got to do in college.


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Powerman
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You dont want to waste your time trying to trade a bunch of different stocks because any potential gains are just going to get eaten up by transaction costs.


This x 1000

I don't ever make any buy transaction if the amount is less than 5K



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