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How to invest in 3 Simple Steps 

You do not need a lot of money to start investing. Starting now even with the smallest amount is better than waiting. To make up for lost time you will need to invest a much greater sum of money to achieve the same result. 

Investing with a little right now is better

than waiting to invest more later 

Time is money in the world of investing, and the earlier you start the better. For many people who want to invest, the process seems "too” complicated. It’s not. It may sound complicated because of the jargon used by the financial industry, but we're going to tackle it without the jargon. Follow our guide below and you'll be investing in 3 quick and simple steps.   


There are a million ways to make investing complicated, and the financial industry often does, using jargon inaccessible to most everyone.  


Financial startups responded with apps that automate investing, basically taking you out of the process entirely.

But in just 3 quick and easy steps you can be actively involved in your investing, with the opportunity to increase your knowledge and the complexity of your investment.


3 Simple Steps






Each step is explained fully below with links to make it even quicker!



How-to Step-by-Step 


Step 1: Open a Brokerage Account (if you're investing for retirement, consider a brokerage IRA)

TIP: Pay attention to fees! 

        Check for transaction (buy &sell), monthly, account and fund management fees   


Easy link to Vanguard, Fidelity, SchwabEtrade*


TIP: If you prefer an investing app, choose one that does not require you to spend to invest! Investing should be a stand-alone priority not conditioned on spending.


Step 2: Link your bank account and transfer money


Step-by-step instructions will be provided when you are opening the account.


Step 3: Enter a “Buy” order to purchase your selected fund* or other investment


*An Index Fund with a low management fee, established track record, and no transaction costs is a smart, quick and easy way to start investing.  Learn why.

All investments carry some degree of risk. Even insured bank savings accounts. Savings deposits carry inflation risk. They may not earn enough (interest) over time to keep pace with the increasing cost of living. When investing in securities, there is the potential for loss of the sum invested. To invest smart it is important to know your risk tolerance and time horizon - for how long you will be investing until you need the money. Then you can choose investments with an appropriate risk-reward profile. 

*Visit our Lesson bank to learn more about compounding and smart investing. 

*Your best interest is our only concern. We do not endorse or recommend any individual financial product or service provider, investment product, or investment strategy. We do not sell financial products or manage investments. Our goal is to help you understand your options and confidently take action to achieve your financial goals.  

Open a Brokerage Account

Transfer money from your bank account to your brokerage account

Buy an Index Fund* or other investment



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