Real Talk: Investing used to scare the crap out of me.
But now I LOVE IT. Don’t get me wrong. It’s still a little intimidating, but my confidence has grown by leaps and bounds since actually starting investing.
Read more about how and why to start investing here:
One of the biggest confidence builders for me, aside from just starting and taking that leap, is this Grow Your Dough challenge YouTuber Jeff Rose put out this year.
In a world of too many choices that are so similar, this is making it crazy easy to compare how investing in different platforms stacks up.
In the challenge, a group of bloggers and vloggers invested $1,000 at the beginning of the year in whatever platform they chose and are tracking it through to 2020.
These investors, including me, will show how different investments, plans and robo-advisors, as well as their associated fees, stack up throughout the year in the same market and time frame.
Because we’re not continuing investing after the original 1k, it will be very clear how the different choices we make and the market affect our original investment.
I love an even playing field and clear results.
How I’m investing
For my part in the challenge, I invested with the Robo-advisor Ellevest.
Here’s why: Ellevest is women-centered investing.
Did you know that the vast majority of investment advisors are men — and that more men invest than women, so the investment industry is default set to men’s salaries, career paths, preferences and lifespans. Women’s salaries peek at age 40, while men’s peak at age 55. Women also live longer and make less money. (Stats via Ellevest)
I liked the idea of a women-led company making a plan to benefit my statistics.
They charge .25 percent to manage your portfolio for you (fairly standard) and they have no minimum to open an account.
I started this project a little late, but let’s be honest, I run at least a couple weeks behind on about everything. So while everyone else started on Jan. 1, I started closer to the end of January. For some reason my deposit didn’t process into the account until Feb. 13, so I’m a little behind everyone else as far as growth.
BUT by waiting I did get an email offer from them for a $50 account bonus for creating the account. Which I figure either pays my fees for 2 years, since they charge .25 percent OR nets me a 5 % return already this year (or 2.5 percent up already after fees). Either way, i’m fine with it.
After making my investment, I reached out to Ellevest to partner with them to get my budget friends the same deal I did. So until March 30, 2019 if you sign up with my link, you’ll get $50 free with any account, opened with any amount.
I’m looking forward to watching how the other investors are going to do with the Grow Your dough challenge. Check them out below.
I’m especially interested in watching Justine from Debt Free Millennials‘ investment. She’s using Bettermint, which is a robo-advisor with an identical fee structure to mine, but her allocations are vastly different. So far, she’s beating me in returns, but we have a whole year left.
Watch me explain more details about my investment allocations and choices in this video.
Grow Your Dough Challenge Participants:
- Jeff Rose: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J9uNG…
- Debt Free Millennials: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Wl3r…
- Joseph Hogue: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pfw_Q…
- Ryan Scribner: https://www.youtube.com/c/ryanscribner
- Nate O’Brien: https://www.youtube.com/nateobrien
- Bob Lotich: http://youtube.com/c/seedtime
- Allison and Matt Owen: https://www.youtube.com/c/owenyourfuture
- Marko Z: https://www.youtube.com/whiteboardfin…
- Will Armstrong: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5xh…
- Graham Stephan: http://www.youtube.com/c/grahamstephan
- David Pere: https://www.youtube.com/c/frommilitar…
- Tela Holcomb: https://telaholcomb.com/youtube
- Antonio: https://www.youtube.com/babyinvestments
I’d love to know if you have any experience with roboadvisors and if you have any tips for me! If you leave me a comment, I promise I’ll reply. 🙂
Disclosures in short: (By BG) I was NOT paid to invest in Ellevest or to make this video or blog post. Following my investment, I did enter into a partnership to obtain an offer code for my viewers and WILL be paid a commission at no cost if you if new accounts are funded and created through my link.
Full Disclosures by Ellevest:
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