How to invest $ 4,000

How do I invest in the S&P 500?

The S&P 500 is a stock market index that contains a list of 500 stocks of the largest companies in America.

You could open a brokerage account with a broker and buy shares in any of these companies. The easiest and cheapest way to invest in all of these stocks is to invest in an S&P 500 index mutual fund.

Within an index mutual fund, your money is pooled together with all other fund members in order to buy all stocks in the index. These types of funds are very inexpensive when compared to managed mutual funds. Most mutual fund companies have an S&P 500 index fund. Two examples are Vanguard and Fidelity. The minimum investment in most of these mutual funds is low enough to open an account with your $ 4000.

However, please note the following: There is no risk involved in investing in an equity fund. It's not even a small risk. It is very possible to lose money investing in the stock market. An S&P 500 index fund is diversified in the sense that you have money in a lot of different stocks, but it is also not diversified in a sense because it is American large-cap stocks. Before investing in the stock market, you should have a goal for the money you are investing. If you are investing several years away, an index fund can be a good place to invest. However, if you need that money over the next several years, the stock market may be too risky for you.

Benjamin Gruenbaum

About your "Remember" - It is also a risk not to put your money anywhere. If I had $ 1,000 in 1950 and hadn't invested it, I would still have $ 1,000. If I invested them in literally anything, I'd have at least $ 10,000 - hell, that's just inflation. Some people don't realize that money itself can depreciate over time and the price of a Big Mac is not constant :)

Ben Miller

@BenjaminGruenbaum Agree. It all depends on how long you invest. An S&P 500 index fund is high risk if you only hold it for a year and low risk if you hold it for decades.

Martin Argerami

@BenjaminGruenbaum: literally everything? There are many past and present investments that can make your money go away.

O. Jones

The key word here is Index funds . When choosing an index mutual fund, you should also look for the word "unmanaged": it means the fund will not benefit from the expensive administrations of an "assistant" selecting stocks. Since this is an index fund, the stocks are already selected. Funds of this type compete with each other on how low their fees are. Never put your money in such a fund with upfront fees.

Ben Miller