If you want to get started investing, but don’t have a lot of money to invest it can be difficult to get started investing because many mutual funds have large minimum investment requirements. Fidelity requires a minimum $2500 investment for most of their taxable accounts and many large fund companies require a minimum investment of $2500 to $5000 to invest with them. That can be a lot of money for a small investor to come up with.
One way to get started investing with a little money is to open an IRA. Many companies have lower minimum investment requirements for their IRAs. You can get started with as little as $1000 at Vanguard for several of their target date retirement funds. I have one of my IRAs at T. Rowe Price and they also allow investors to open an IRA for just $1000 for many of their mutual funds.
Opening an account with a discount brokerage is another way to get started with a small amount of money. I have my other IRA with TradeKing.com which has no minimum investment amount. You can also open an E*TRADE IRA with no fees and no minimums. An IRA with optionsXpress requires just a $200 minimum equity balance. Although, you can open these accounts with a low balance you would want to build up your balance before making trades in order to keep your trading fees reasonable.
You can also open an account with a different type of investment company such as Betterment.com which has no minimum investment and no minimum balance requirement. Money you invest with Betterment is invested in ETFs. When you don’t have much money to invest ETFs can be a good option because many of them have very low expense ratios. When yo don’t have much money to invest you can’t afford to spend much of it on expenses.
One last way to get started investing is with an automatic investing program (AIP). I actually started my IRA with T. Rowe Price by making $50 monthly investments through their AIP. Unfortunately, they no longer offer their AIP. Janus funds allows you to use their AIP with monthly investment amounts of $100 and Buffalo funds also allow you to use their AIP for a monthly investment of $100. If that is still too much, the AIP at Ariel funds and Artisan funds let you make a monthly investment of just $50.
These small investments may not seem like much but they are a start. Getting in the habit of investing now can lead to bigger investments as you make more money. If you wait until you have enough money to invest you might not ever get started investing.