How to start investing, even if you’re broke

Many people believe that investing is something for the rich or financial experts.  The reality is though that anyone can start investing, and you don’t even need a lot of money.  You can start investing in stocks and bonds with as little as $5.  And you can even do it without being charged any fees!  So read on to find out why you should be investing and how you can do it too, even if you’re broke.

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How to invest in index funds

Index funds are a low cost, diversified way to invest in the stock market.  The reality is that most retail investors who try and pick stocks on their own will end up either losing money or not beating the market index.  That’s why index funds are a great option for investing.    They’re hands off and contain a well rounded selection of stocks.  And the numbers don’t like – individual investors see better returns when investing in index funds!

So how do you invest in these type of funds?  Well here are our favourite options for investing in index funds for Australians:

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Trading on eToro in Australia

eToro is a trading platform that is available in Australia.  You can trade stocks, currencies, cryptocurrencies, commodities and ETFs.  But is it a good option for investing and trading?  We break down the pros and cons.

What is eToro

eToro is an online trading platform.  You can buy and sell stocks, forex (currency like the AUD), cryptos (like bitcoin) and commodities (such as Gold and Oil).  It’s also a “copy trading platform”.  This means you can copy trades made by more experienced traders.  Whenever they make a trade, your account also makes a trade.

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Here’s a Spaceship Voyager Promo Code

Update: Spaceship Invest is no longer offering this bonus.  We’ll update the post if they ever bring it back.  We still think it’s a great place to invest!

I’ve been using the Spaceship Voyager app for the past few months.  It’s one of my favourite investment products.  They are currently running a promo where you get $20 free when you sign up to use the app.  It’s a great way to start your saving and investing journey.  Read on to find out how to get the bonus:

What is Spaceship Voyager

Spaceship Voyager is a new way to save and invest money. You can start investing with as little as $5 and then setup either scheduled investments of invest one off lump sums.  Your money gets invested in a diverse portfolio of stocks.  You can choose one of two portfolios – one is made up of the companies Spaceship thinks will be important in the future.  Think Apple, Tesla, Netflix etc.  The other is an index fund made up of the top 200 most popular companies.

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Should you invest with Brickx

Brickx is an Australian startup that lets you invest in property with as little as $75.  On the surface that sounds like a great way for the non-baby boomer crowd to get access to the property market.  But is it really a good investment?  Find out if you should be investing in Brickx with our review.

What is Brickx

Brickx is a marketplace to buy “bricks” or shares in a property.    It’s basically a fractional investment platform for property in Australia.  You can browse through the properties listed and purchase a share based on the value of the property.

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The best investing apps in 2019

It’s amazing that in 2019 it’s possible to invest in a complex, diversified portfolio of stocks and bonds with just a couple of taps on your phone.  In fact investing has never been easier.  You don’t need lots of money to start investing anymore.  In fact you can get started with as little as $5.

In this post I’m going to share with you my two favourite investing apps for 2019 and why you should be using them.

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Losing Money on Raiz? Here is what todo

Have you started using Raiz but noticed that your account balance has gone down?  In this post I’m going to explain what’s going on and what you should do.

What you’re investing in

When you invest using Raiz, your money is invested in a diverse portfolio of stocks and bonds.  So it’s important to understand that the stock market does go up and down.  So if you’ve invested right before the market has a downturn then your account balance on raiz will go down a little bit.

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Raiz launches a messenger chatbot

My favourite investing app, Raiz, has launched a Facebook messenger chatbot.

You can use the bot for things like:

  • Ask what your Raiz balance is
  • Ask how much you spent on shopping last week
  • Ask the total of your roundups for the week
  • Ask if you can afford to go out tonight

This is a really nifty idea.  When I first heard about the chatbot, I didn’t think anyone would need it, but looking into how much it can actually do, it really does seem useful.  As well as questions about your account, you can also ask support questions on how to use Raiz and even general finance questions like “what is a stock”.

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