Q. What is an ETF?
ETF stands for Exchange-Traded fund. Exchange-Traded means you can buy and sell ETFs on public stock exchanges like the Nasdaq or the New York Stock Exchange. In this context, a fund is a bundle of assets (usually stocks, bonds and/or cash).…
Q. What is a dividend?
A dividend is a payment to a shareholder when a company shares its profits. When a business makes a profit, they can choose to pay dividends to shareholders. If you own shares, you get a certain amount of the profit. These payments to shareholders that come out of the profits are dividends.…
Q. What Are Stash’s Trading Windows?
Stash uses four trading windows because our platform is not intended to be used for day trading, but rather for long-term investing. By investing small amounts in a diversified portfolio over a long period of time, you can minimize your risk and save for your future.…
Q. What is investing?
Investing is an action people take to try earning returns by buying financial instruments like stocks and bonds on an exchange like the New York Stock Exchange or NASDAQ. Stash is a platform you can use to make these types of purchases.…
Q. What is dollar-cost averaging?
Markets are volatile. What’s an investor to do if they like the overall performance of a company, but don’t want to risk putting a lump sum in its stock the very minute prices temporarily go through the roof? Enter dollar-cost averaging—it’s a way of reducing risk by regularly buying a specific dollar amount of an investment over a period of time and removing the need to time the market.…
Q. What is an expense ratio?
An expense ratio is an annualized fee (written as a percentage of total assets) that funds charge shareholders. The fee is charged daily by deducting a small amount of a fund’s asset from a shareholder. It covers management fees, administrative expenses and other costs incurred to operate the fund.…
Q. What is a ‘capital gain’?
It’s pretty much what it sounds like: an increase in the value of your investment. If you sell an investment that has gained in value, that’s a capital gain. You’ve made a profit and are subject to federal capital gains taxes within your taxable brokerage account.…
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