You may want updates via email or RSS feed. Bill wrote the other day looking for my opinion on Sharebuilder. Sharebuilder is an online discount brokerage that encourages automatic scheduled purchases of stocks and exchange-traded funds.
In plain English, the company makes it easy to start investing. I was wondering what you thought about Sharebuilder. I am considering signing up for an Individual Retirement Account. I have a K through my employer, so I have some retirement savings. Anyway, do you like Sharebuilder? What does it cost? Sharebuilder offers an easy, convenient way to begin investing, and is relatively inexpensive, but it is not free. Because they made it easy to get started.
Sharebuilder is designed precisely for cases like mine. Eventually I cancelled my monthly program. It was a small price to develop the investment habit. Obviously, there are other choices out there. Your best bet is to do research to find the one that is right for you. Final notes Bill is to be commended for striving to become debt-free. Finally, before starting an IRA, be sure to take full advantage of the employer match on your k. Always take the free money!
Sign up below to receive weekly email updates featuring the best of the blog — and beyond. Unsubscribe at any time. If you subscribed to Get Rich Slowly emails before November , those subscriptions are no longer valid. I apologize, but the previous owners have no way of transferring former subscriber info to me. They say there is a min. If you open an IRA with T. Rowe Price there is no minimum investment needed to start as long as you set up an automatic contribution plan. There is no fee for each transaction like sharebuilder.
I started with a Target Date fund because it seemed like a great way to get started and I only needed to worry about contributing to one fund initially. This service allows you to systematically invest money from your bank account on the same day s each month. At this point the transfers for ING will stop and will be redirected to Vanguard.
So far no problems and we are in the process of opening the account with Vanguard. Granted credit card debt usually carries extremely high interest rates which would lead me to reccomend paying it off first. Save and pay off debt at the same time, the power of compounding will serve one better in the long run. Best to get started early with saving while paying off debt. You are so wrong! You are actually earning the rate of the interest of the debt. Of course this does not apply to low interest mortgage debt that is also tax deductible.
In this case if you can earn higher returns on your investments then it makes sense to invest. What about those monthly fees at Sharebuilder? They seem high for a small investor. It all depends on how frequent you like to trade. I have been with Sharebuilder for many years and love how easy it is to use. I found out the old fashion way, I waited for their slow chat service. I called them and asked them about it. They told me that they will activate it for me just one time.
Once you cancel it though, you can never get it back. Now here is the kicker. Unless that debt is his mortgage or low interest student loans, he needs to pay that off first. As Angie says, there are monthly fees at Sharebuilder. For my stocks and some of my funds, I use Scottrade. I am a small investor and have accounts with both Sharebuilder and Zecco. For that matter, I also keep an account with TD Ameritrade that I opened before I knew any better and have just been too lazy to do anything about it.
The ease of the automatic investment. You can buy partial shares, which is something that I like. It is pretty bare bones, but the executions go through quickly on market orders.
They have slightly modified their fee structure going forward into , but most people will still not be affected and they are still cheaper when they do charge a fee than most other brokers.
You do have to buy in whole shares no partials , which may make your automatic investing a little more challenging. They seem like they give you a little better access to research, if that is important to you. But, they are easily the most expensive option for me, and I am likely planning to close that account soon. I fell for that about a year ago an quickly realized that the fees were killing me. As someone above mentioned, I use Schwab now. Consolidating high interest consumer debt into a HELOC or transferring to a lower interest credit card would be a smart move too.
The basic plan at Sharebuilder has no monthly fees. This is the only plan you should consider, IMO. And Sharebuilder allows you to purchase partial shares, so your entire monthly contribution can go to work for you at once. This means always using one-time purchases. If you hold multiple securities, just rotate through them each month. You can still schedule a monthly transfer of money into your account. One of the newer things Sharebuilder offers now is the ability to execute your trade when funds are available, rather than on a fixed schedule.
I was very very pleased with them. As Baba noted, for the basic plan at Sharebuilder, there are no monthly fees. And it always costs to sell. Thanks JD for this info.
I used sharebuilder for a while and was very satisfied with it. The only reason I stopped because I qualified for free trades a year through my bank. One thing to remember about sharebuilder is that the partial shares they let you purchase cannot be moved to another brokerage. On the whole its a great service, especially if you want to trade ETFs and are looking at long term asset accumulation.
It has allowed me to begin investing and learning at the same time, using a very small amount of money every two weeks. It is perfectly suited to people like me who are new to the concept of investing and have little enough to invest anyway. When I get more serious and more informed about investing I may switch to Vanguard, but for now, Sharebuilder fits the bill perfectly! Also, The monthly fee includes either 4 or 6 trades, and you can actually save a couple of bucks in fees each month if you plan to make that many trades.
I am a huge proponent of Sharebuilder. I use Sharebuilder for a regular brokerage account. I agree with JD; there are some drawbacks. I am in that situation, so I use it that way. But there are other ways to make similar investments and dollar cost averaging has its advantages and disadvantages. Can you talk a little about socially-responsible investing? I switched from Hartford mutual funds to Calvert www. I think the best strategy for an IRA is to buy into funds that have no transaction fees and then make monthly contributions.
Zecco seems like a good option if you plan to trade mainly individual stocks and ETFs but you will probably eventually want to switch to something that takes less management on your part.
So I changed my schedule. As mentioned above, T. Rowe Price has no account minimum as long as you set up an automatic contribution plan. Rowe Price and Fidelity. They make investing easy, and have great low-cost index funds to choose from. And about whether Bill should start saving for retirement… If your finances are stable and you can continue to pay down your debts, I would recommend starting the retirement savings.
Your K is a good place to hide that extra money, too, with higher limits. Each time I get close to trying it I see a nasty post and pull the plug. It is one that I will continue to monitor.More...