Q. What is an ETF?
ETF stands for exchange-traded fund. ETFs are a basket of investments (for example: stocks and bonds) bundled into a fund that’s traded on an exchange. That fund owns the underlying assets (i.e. stocks, bonds, or cash) and generally tracks an index – or group of investments that represent part of the market. Most of the…
Q. Why should I invest?
Investing is a great way to make your money work for you. Keeping your money out of the market can mean a loss of thousands of dollars of growth and dividends over the course of your money-earning life. The sooner you start investing, the greater your chance of benefiting from compounding. Let’s say you invested…
Q. What is investing?
You can invest in many ways; with your time, your energy, your attention. In the Stash context, we’re talking about money. When you invest on Stash, you’re buying portions of funds with an expectation of earning a return by participating in the the buying and selling of financial instruments (e.g., stocks and bonds) on an…
Q. How is investing different than a savings account?
Saving is putting money away in a safe location, commonly a savings account, for use at a later time. Savings accounts are great ways to put your money away in a safe place for future needs. However, savings accounts have their limits. Most savings accounts pay very low interest rates, which means that the money…
Q. I’m losing money in one of my investments. Should I sell and invest in something else?
Long-term investing can be nerve-wracking at first. You may see an investment lose value and be tempted to sell. Ultimately, when you sell your investments is up to you. However, we recommend holding investments for the long-term and learning more about dollar-cost averaging and volatility. An investment that is down today may be up tomorrow,…
Q. How often should I invest?
We believe that you should invest as much you can on a consistent basis. Whether it’s $10, $25, or $50 (or more) a week, the sooner and more regularly you start investing, the brighter your financial future could be. Start with what you can afford and add to it over time. Stash tip! Set up…
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Now That’s What I Call an Investment! ETFs Explained
You may have heard that Exchange-Traded Funds are a great first investment. But what's an ETF? We use a helpful analogy to break it down.
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