First Steps for New Investors

If you're new to investing, we think taking a few easy steps will make you want to keep going. Here are some ways to get started.

1. Become a saver

Even though there is a difference between saving and investing, regularly putting money into savings is an important practice. You'll get used to living without the money, and, at the same time, you'll be building up a cushion for emergencies or unexpected needs. You don't need a lot of money to get started – any amount of savings is better than none.

2. Participate in your employer's retirement plan

The No. 1 way most people start investing is by participating in a retirement plan at work. If your employer offers a 401(k) or other retirement plan, this is an opportunity you shouldn't pass up. Not only is it an easy way to invest for your future (the money is typically taken out of your paycheck, so you don't even have to think about it), it may also offer tax advantages. Plus, many employers match contributions, so that's free money for your future.

3. Consider opening an Individual Retirement Account (IRA)

Even if you are participating in an employer’s retirement plan, why not consider contributing more for your future by opening your own IRA? There are two types of IRAs: Traditional and Roth. And if you have left a former employer, Edward Jones can help you with your options.

4. Learn the lingo

It may seem intimidating, but it’s really not. At Edward Jones, our financial advisors speak in everyday terms because we place a high priority on making investing understandable.

5. Define your goals

Write them down. Investing should be for long-term goals, not for items you hope to purchase in the next five years. Here are thought-starters:

6. Be honest with yourself

Thinking about your preferences and attitudes about investing can help you make decisions about how to go about it. Ask yourself if you:

  • Would like a little extra help or a lot?
  • Have the interest in learning but not the time?
  • Know which goal to focus on first?
  • Would like professional help because this is just too important?

7. Talk to us for personalized advice

It’s what we do every day, and we’re told we do it well. Find an Edward Jones financial advisor near you. And learn about some things to consider when you're thinking about working with a financial advisor.

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