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You're a Stasher — nice!

Taking the next step is not as complicated as you might think. Here’s a quick guide to help you get started — told in words that would make Wall Street blush.

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Q: What are the investments?

A: Most investments on Stash are Exchange-Traded Funds (ETFs). An ETF is a group of single investments - either stocks or bonds or both, grouped together into one fund. We narrowed down the field from thousands of investments to a little over 30 for you to choose from. We gave them simple nicknames so it’s easier to find out what makes each unique.

Q: Which investment should I choose first?

A: When you sign up, you’ll answer questions to determine your risk profile. You might be conservative, moderate, or aggressive. Your first investment should be your risk level mix. It has the appropriate amount of diversification and risk for an investor like you.

Q: How do I choose other investments to add?

A: We recommend that you buy a few more investments after your Mix, depending on your interests, goals, and beliefs. Browse through the investment options, read more in Learn, and choose several to add.

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Q: How often should I invest?

A: Investing is not gambling, and you can’t expect to get rich by investing $5. Start with what you can afford and add to it over time. The best way to do that is by setting up Auto-Stash to invest for you regularly.

Q: How much should I invest?

A: Adding up to $5 or $10 every week is a great way to start. It may not sound like much, but the key is to start right away to take advantage of compounding. As you earn more, you can increase the amount.

Q: Isn’t investing about buying and selling?

A: Stash isn’t meant for trading as the market swings up and down. We recommend holding investments for the long term. There may be situations where you want to sell an investment, but it’s probably not wise to sell in a panic.

Q: What's next?

A: You don’t need to be an expert to start investing. It’s more natural (and fun!) to start small and learn as you go. Follow your investments in the news, and read our weekly content designed to help you gain investing confidence.

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