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Investments - Strategies

Shares by the Slice – Get Yours!

August 12, 2020

by Howard Haykin



Don’t want to spend $209 to buy a share of Microsoft (MSFT)?  Or $451 for a share of Apple (AAPL)? Can’t afford to pay $1,525 for Tesla (TSLA) or $3,155 for Amazon (AMZN)?
Perhaps it’s time to join the millions of Millennials who have been buying “Stock Slices” - i.e., participating in “Fractional Investing.” 



Popularized during the pandemic by such relative newcomers as Robinhood, SoFi, and Stash, and by such branded names as Interactive Brokers, Schwab, and Fidelity, “stock slices” are fractional or pieces of a full share of a company stock or an exchange traded funds (ETF).


Say you want to invest $25 in the stock market. If you bought a $25 slice worth of a stock that costs $800 per share, you would now own just over 3% of one share of that company (25/800). Alternatively, you could spread that $25 among 25 companies, and own $1 worth of shares in each of 25 different companies. The choice is yours.



While "buy and hold" investment advisers would typically steer invsestors into a low-cost index fund, like the S&P 500 Index Fund - in which you'd be invested in a basket of, say, 500 or 1,000 stocks - many younger individuals would prefer to trade a select few ‘hot-ticket’ companies - like Amazon or NetFlix - rather than be passively invested in a basket of 'nameless' companies. That said, new investors should be mindful that trading can be treacherous and that "buying shares is easy, but knowing when to sell is difficult."  In any case, the choice is yours.  



For further details on Shares by the Slice or Fractional Investing, try reading these posts …

  • Washington Post:  Shares by the slice: Fractional investing sparks a stock market stampede.
  • Clark4 Things to Know Before You Buy Fractional Shares.
  • Investopedia:  Comparing Fractional Trading Offerings.