Automated DIY Investing Experiment: Small Funds, Big Goals

Would you believe that my automated DIY investment account has been working (and earning!) even though I have not actively managed or funded it since it was ShareBuilder?!

For reference, this was October 2002 – way before it became ING and now CapitalOne. Back when my soon-to-be 15-year old son was just a few months old. My data? Still there! My statements? Still there! My linked bank accounts? Still there!

Wait, what? I haven’t had those accounts in years! I quickly double-checked to make sure no charges or transfers to or from those accounts had been processed and then updated them.

Ironically, I had withdrawn everything I could from my ShareBuilder account to begin a closing process that I apparently never completed. The really tiny remaining balance has been reinvesting itself and is now not as tiny. Without any effort on my part.

Small Weekly Deposits, Big Long Term Returns

The Experiment
What would happen if I started actively funding my automated DIY investment accounts?
Consistent weekly funding – even if in small amounts – is supposed to help offset the traditional up/down pricing in the market and help leverage the power of every dollar by increasing the odds that your stock purchase will come at an investor-friendly moment.

All automagically, while you play with your kids, nap, or sip on a delicious mocha latte at a Corner Bakery Cafe blogger MeetUp.

Big Goals

Granted, we may not all aspire to be millionaires – I just want to have the freedom to enjoy life with my kids – but as Dave Ramsey points out, we technically could, maybe, possibly have a chance to. With just $35 a week! If we do our homework, make a plan, and put the plan in motion.

So what exactly would happen if I actually started a set-it-and-forget-it investment strategy for me and my two kiddos? I’m planning to find out!

Join the Conversation

Do you have an automated investment plan? How has it worked out for you?

Wishing you much peace, happiness, and success,
Pearl Lane-Soliz | Mom. Writer. Blogger. Podcaster. |
Pearl 'Penny' Lane-Soliz

P.S. If you have any questions about any of my programs or services, or if you feel that I can ever be of assistance to you, please do not hesitate to contact me.

P.P.S. You can get up to $600 for your own investment experiment by opening a new investing account through my link:
CapitalOne Investing Referral Promotion

UPDATE (2017.04.11 – TUESDAY): The link was working when I initially drafted this post but appears to lead to a protected directory now. Sorry! I’ll keep checking back and let you know if it goes live again.

UPDATE (2017.04.17 – MONDAY): The link is working again! Go get your money!

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