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Expat Finances 301: Intermediate Stock Investing

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This is the third article in a series of personal finance and investment articles mainly for American expats, though domestic residents and non-Americans will find it useful as well.

101 is a foundation for everyone, but particularly useful to those with student loans or other debt

Investing in Stocks and Bonds for Beginners

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Summary: Most funds require a minimum investment of $3,000. But you can invest in several index funds through Betterment, which doesn't have minimum deposits or hidden fees, and makes investing much simpler by selecting several index funds for you.

We’ve come a long way! As a reminder, here is a cheat sheet to remind you of what you can expect from each investment.

You can feel that money burning a hole in your pocket, and want to start investing right away I can tell. Let's look at some of your options as far as brokerages:

Your employer's 401k: Chances are, the investment options provided by your employer's retirement plan are limited and the fees are high (average .71%/person in 2011). However, you should contribute at least as much as your employer will match- something like a 50% match up to 6% of your paycheck. 50% risk-free return in a tax-deferred account? That's a no-brainer.

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