It’s time for a good old fashioned throwdown! Time to take my earrings off and get serious!
I’m taking part in the Grow Your Dough Throwdown. In this challenge, started by Jeff Rose of Good Financial Cents, I have one year to grow $1,000 by investing any way I’d like.
Here are the Investing Challenge rules:
1. Open a new broker account of your choosing and deposit $1,000.
2. On January 1st, invest anyway you want (stocks, ETF’s, mutual funds, whatever). No margin allowed.
3. You can buy/sell as much as you want.
4. You cannot add any more than the original $1,000.
Now on to my plan to win this challenge.
I will be taking a simple approach to investing. I’ve already discussed in this video my thoughts on how to start investing as a young adult. There are two basic ways to invest, in a passive manner and in an active manner.
For this challenge, I plan to use a bit of both. I want to show you how easy passive investing can be, as well as how to pick stocks if you want to actively invest.
The 60/40 Investing Plan
I plan to invest 60% of the funds in a passive manner, and 40% in an active manner.
Who is Betterment?
Betterment is an easy way for young adults to invest. You simply deposit cash into your Betterment account and they invest in ETFs for you. No need to research stocks or decide on where you want to invest. You can choose an allocation between stocks and bonds. In this case, I plan to choose 80% stocks and 20% bonds.
For the active portion, I am depositing $400 dollars with Loyal3.
Who is Loyal3?
Loyal3 is a service that allows you to buy partial shares in companies that you know and love. My 3 step investing strategy starts with looking at companies that I already know and love so this broker fits right in line with my stock picking strategy. I’d like to be pretty diversified and with only $400 dollars I need a broker that allows me to buy partial shares.
Active investing is often more expensive because of the fees involved. Either fees to buy and sell stock or fees to pay a manager to do it for you. The great thing about Loyal3 is that there are no fees to invest! How awesome is that?!
How To Determine My Investing Success
The challenge is based on absolute return. That means, how well I grow one thousand dollars without comparing myself to how the market is doing. But I’ve mentioned benchmarking performance in the past. I should be comparing myself to how the market is doing, so to track my relative performance, I will be using the S&P 500 for two reasons.
- It is the index that other bloggers are using.
- It is a broad market index that is often used as a representation of the markets as a whole.
I currently use Wikinvest to track my personal portfolio. It is a free service that allows you to enter your purchases and they will update you on how your portfolio is doing versus the Dow Jones and the S&P 500.
Want to join?
Would you like to join the challenge? Want some free money?
Use this link to open a Betterment account and get $25 dollars added to your account.
Use this link to open a Loyal3 account and buy shares of companies that you know and love for free.
I’d love to answer any questions you have!
My next post will outline the stocks I choose and my process in picking the stocks. I will also be posting video updates along the way; subscribe to my YouTube channel here to keep up.
Good luck to all of the other challengers!
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