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Is $100 enough for stocks?

By Stefano Treviso , Updated on: Oct 19 2022.

$100 is definitely enough to start investing in stocks thanks to fractional share trading which allows an investor to purchase small fractions of a highly priced stock.

The main reason that people don’t start investing is that they believe they require large amounts of capital to do so, but what they don’t understand is that any money invested is better than any money spent on unnecessary luxuries.

Let's take a look at a few examples of what happened with some investors that only had $100:

Example 1

An investor that chose to invest $100 in Amazon stock on the first of January 2018, purchased in total 0.085 units of a single Amazon stock. In present times (6th of October 2021) that same investment is worth $273.7. 

Amazon stock price chart

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Example 2

An investor that chose to invest $100 in Microsoft stock on the first of October 2015, purchased a total of 2.23 shares. In present times (6th of October 2021) that same investment is worth $642.

Microsoft stock price chart

Example 3

An investor that chose to invest $100 in the SPY (an ETF that aims to mirror the performance of the S&P 500 index) on the first of March 2016, purchased 0.50 units of SPY. In present times (6th of October 2021) that same investment is worth $216.55.

SPY ETF price chart

As you can see, the biggest mistake in every person’s life is to not start investing!

It’s very common to see a lot of people having unrealistic expectations from the stock market as they believe that only if you can make large amounts of profits then it’s worth it. This assumption couldn't be more wrong. What matters is producing any kind of returns at all.

Holding money in a bank account will never make anyone wealthy. Banks offer some saddening interest rates that vary between 0.01% to 0.5% in the best case scenarios.

When it comes to investing $100, it boils down to the following questions:

  • Can you really afford to invest those $100?
  • Are those $100 a one-off investment or are they a recurring investment on a monthly basis?

If those $100 somehow are money you need in the coming months for paying rent or buying food, then definitely not a good idea to invest them as all investments carry risk.

If you’re looking to invest $100 on a regular basis such as recurring investments at the beginning of every month, we recommend you to read our Dollar-Cost Averaging guide in order to structure your investment plans accordingly.

If you only have one shot at investing $100 and you won’t have any more funds available after that and you still insist on investing them, you’re better off trying to invest in lower risk assets such as the ETF known as the SPY. The logical reason for this is that this ETF tracks the performance of the S&P 500 index which tracks the performance of the top 500 large-cap companies in the U.S, which means something for you:

  • All the eggs are not in one basket!

One company can collapse and all the others can continue to do well, which means that over the long run, there is a bigger likelihood that the whole U.S economy will continue to thrive, whereas if you invest your $100 in a single stock, you’re completely dependent on the fate of a single company.

Good luck!

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