How to start saving and investing while in college.


Investing early gives your money more time to develop.

Winnie Sun, financial counselor and founder of Sun Group Wealth Partners, believes saving and investing early saves money over time.

Lucas Bianculli, a Binghamton University finance and environmental economics double student, started investing in 2020.

Before learning the basics, Bianculli said he underestimated the value of the investment. Making early investments is crucial for retirement and house ownership.

So, what is the investment?

The act of investing involves putting money into assets like stocks and bonds. Easy investing! The idea is to increase your money. So you put $10 in a $15 stock. You may be worth $25 or more by your 30th birthday.

Compound interest drives investment growth. Amount invested plus interest accumulates. Your $10 stock climbs to $15, a 10% increase. 10% + $5 on your original $10 investment.

“Your money will earn interest. “Automatically reinvested dividends and interest,” said Katelyn Bombardiere, a Commas certified financial advisor. “The cycle goes on.

Many feel investing takes a lot of money or time. No, this is not correct!

Bianculli urged, “Try it.” Buying in bulk is unnecessary. Begin small and gain confidence. Learn it. Online sites may teach you a lot. Slow down.”

Ready? We go!

1. Set an investment budget

Make a budget if you do not have one. Make a budget for rent, utilities, phone, cable, food, and other expenses. Set a spending limit for shopping, dining, and fun. Then save what is left.

Sun advises a six-month emergency fund. Then, after a buffer, you can start investing.

Consider your risk tolerance. Some investments can be tremendously lucrative but also quite expensive.

You might say I enjoy risk. “Say it,” Sun said. Imagine losing $1,000 in an aggressive investing move, resulting in a $400 portfolio.

Unless you cash out, that $600 is yours. In this scenario, you can wait and see.

If all of that makes you uncomfortable, you can reduce or increase your risk-taking.

2. Investing basics

Your initial deposit method?

Buying and selling shares in a brokerage account is free. In addition, several brokers now provide low-deposit choices. The accounts are used for day trading, saving, and investing.

Start with Acorns, Betterment, Fidelity, SoFi, Robinhood, and TD Ameritrade. Trading stocks, bonds, and mutual funds are possible, as is setting your risk boundaries. Then it invests in mutual funds that match. Do your homework. Decide. Then try another until you find the perfect one. Investing is not binary.

3. Know your investing alternatives.

Stocks, bonds, mutual funds, etc. So let us define certain terminology connected to investment.


A savings account provides unprotected money storage with interest. Some accounts have a 0.50 percent APR. A savings account helps differentiate between cash for immediate use and monies for later usage. In addition, you are protected up to $250,000 in the unlikely event of a bank failure. This is standard in banks. Others choose a separate bank for savings. Switch banks to compare rates. 

Certificates of Deposits (CDs)

It pays more than a savings account (more money). However, you can not touch the cash for a while or be fined (fee). Put money in a savings account that you will not need in two, three, or four years.

Money-market Funds (MFs.) 

Money-market funds provide dividends but have little risk and consequently modest returns. The good news is that they grow your money steadily. Money-market funds offer some security, but not enough, say financial experts. Begin with $500 and work your way up.


Buying a stock is like owning a piece of a company. Their stock ownership determines a shareholder’s part of the company’s assets and income. These exchanges trade most stocks. But an app or a broker may buy them.


A bond is a loan from an investor to a borrower, such as a company. Your “donation” goes to the corporation’s needs. So the investor receives interest. Bonds can help offset stock market falls.

Mutual Funds

Mutual funds invest in stocks, bonds, and other assets. Securities, bonds, and assets comprise your portfolio. It might be an industry (like technology or health care) or a risk level (growth vs. value) (for example, 2020). (Eg. 2030) Mutual funds are managed by money managers who choose and alter portfolio assets to enhance investor returns. Professional management of investments incurs fees.

Exchange Trading Funds (ETFs)

They are similar to mutual funds, except they track an index, sector, commodity, or another asset. Or real estate ETFs.

Bombardier said students might access hundreds of stocks without researching each one individually.

Index Funds

It is like an index fund, except it tracks an index like the S& P 500 or the Nasdaq. Index funds are often cheaper than actively managed funds because no one selects the stocks or bonds for the fund.

According to Han, you can set up recurring purchases, and dividends are automatically reinvested in index funds.

4. Diversity is critical

Experts recommend diversification, which means investing in several sectors. Put eggs in multiple baskets. One investment may fall while another rises.

If you only invest in technology, your portfolio may suffer. “Having some in tech, health care, and traditional dividend payers balances out your portfolio,” Sun adds.

Invest in various industries (tech, retail, health, finance, etc.). Growth stocks can provide large profits or losses. Prices climb slowly. You can also invest in non-fiat currencies. So do your homework and only invest what you can afford to lose.

Get investing advice from friends and do your homework, and diversify. So do not blindly follow your friend’s advice. It might. So diversity protects.

5. Complete your homework and point out the risks

Risk is an important factor to consider while investing. Savings and CDs are low-risk, low-return investments. The same goes for high-growth firms and cryptocurrencies. Do not risk too much of your money and keep some safe.

According to Rose Han, money is tied to objectives and aspirations, a senior Wall Street trader & financial instructor. It is simple to sell an asset because you are anxious about its worth. But your investment equilibrium may get disturbed.

Students should avoid allowing emotions to affect their judgments.

Tabias Edwards, a MU senior, started investing after high school in 2018. He learned by taking an Instagram course. Edward’s biggest investing mistakes were not admitting he lost money and not knowing how the market works.

Market fluctuations suddenly make sense. In addition to investing, he adds he does not stress if I am down too much.

Edwards said it simply strengthened him. “You will be better off winning or losing.”

Also, panicking and withdrawing money during a bear market costs money. Finally, do not hurry to repair broken items.

“Investing takes time,” Edwards said. You have already lost short-term.

Total market index funds and green energy enterprises are current holdings. He learned everything by himself. Bianculli’s worst misstep was to follow the crowd.

It is easy to think that trading options or penny stocks are a straightforward way to make money because many individuals post their huge financial triumphs online.

Before investing, avoid debt and expenditure, and therefore actually invest what you can afford to lose.

6. Will you invest?

Finally, decide where to begin investing.

Decide if you want to invest in funds or stocks.

Bombardiere recommends diversified ETFs, whereas Han recommends index funds. Both experts advise you to spend, set up monthly payments, and check back at any moment.

Do your homework before investing in specific stocks or other assets. You may wish to invest in well-known companies like Apple or McDonald’s, or you may want to listen to experts. Nobody knows which stocks will climb.

Adopt an expert board rather than merely following one. Consider their advice, do your homework, and make your choice. Your money is yours alone. Power comes with responsibility! Big stakes, danger. Think. Learn through your experiences. Nobody is perfect. Profit from this!