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Over the last ten years, the rise in popularity for fractional shares has helped to usher in a wave of new investors. Fractional shares along with the subsequent rise in commission-free trading paved the way for a record number of young, first-time investors to enter the market.




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One of the biggest reasons for this is because fractional shares have made investing much more affordable. "Fractional investing has played a major role in making the stock market more accessible and more approachable to new investors," says MaryAlexa Divver, director of product at Public.com.


Previously, retail investors would need to have thousands of dollars to invest in an expensive stock like Amazon, for example. Now, they can own a slice of Amazon with as little as $5, so they can build a diversified portfolio no matter their investing budget.


The ability to buy and sell fractional shares is relatively new for retail investors, but the concept of fractional shares has been around for quite some time. For example, if you participate in a dividend reinvestment plan (DRIP) this often results in owning a fractional share.


An investor may also end up owning fractional shares as a result of a merger or stock split. If a company does a 3-to-2 split, you'd own three shares for every two shares that you own. In this case, an investor with nine shares would end up having 13.5 shares.


Fractional shares in most aspects work the same as full shares. Fractional shareholders receive the same percentage gains and losses as those with full shares and may also receive the same benefits such as voting rights, depending on the brokerage. If the company pays a dividend, fractional shareholders are entitled to receive that as well.


Note: Voting rights for fractional shares are not guaranteed according to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and depends on how your brokerage firm's fractional share investing program works.


Let's say fictional company ABC is trading for $100 per share. You decide to invest just $50, making you the proud owner of share of ABC stock. If ABC declares a $1 dividend, you would receive $0.50. If the company's share price rises by 10% from $100 per share to $110 per share, your holding would also grow 10% from $50 to $55.


Using our original price of $100 per share, if company ABC does a 2:1 stock split, you would now own one full share at $50 and the full share owner would have two shares at $50. This does not change the total amount invested as the fractional share investors still have $50 and the whole share investor still has a total of $100 invested.


Upon first learning about fractional shares, a natural question is: "Are fractional shares really worth it?" The answer is yes. There's a misconception that you need to work toward owning one full share to achieve the full benefit of stock ownership and that isn't the case.


"It's important to remember that investment returns are relative," says Falcone. "If a stock's price increases 10%, you'll earn 10% on your investment whether you own a fraction of a share or hundreds of shares." Fractional shares can also make it much easier for investors to diversify their portfolio across dozens of stocks at a much cheaper price point than owning full shares.


But there are some downsides to be aware of: For example, not all brokerages at this point in time offer fractional shares. Some brokerages only allow you to trade fractional shares with certain companies.


For example, Charles Schwab currently allows fractional share trading for stocks in the S&P 500. "Investors may run into difficulties transferring fractional shares from one brokerage account to another if they want to move their portfolio to a different provider," says Falcone. This means that you may have to sell some or all of your fractional shares to make the transfer which may have tax implications.


2. Deposit funds. Some brokerages will allow you to open the account and begin buying shares immediately, while others wait for the deposit to clear which may take 3 to 5 business days.


4. Choose the amount of money you want to invest. Some brokerages allow you to choose to invest based on the number of shares or by the dollar amount. If you're investing based on a dollar amount this is investing via fractional shares while investing by choosing the number of shares usually defaults to full shares only.


Fractional shares can be a great way to ease into the stock market on your own terms and own companies that would normally be out of your price range and also diversify your portfolio instead of pouring the majority of your account balance on a single stock.


While there are a few disadvantages of fractional shares in regards to transferring from one brokerage to another, fractional share investors are still entitled to the same proportional benefits in terms of gains and dividends that the benefits far outweigh the costs, especially for small retail investors.


Let's say you want to invest in a company, but its stock price may be higher than what you want to pay. Instead of buying a whole share of stock, you can buy a fractional share, which is a "slice" of stock that represents a partial share, for as little as $5. For example, if a company's stock is selling at $1,000 a share and you were buying $200 worth of it, you would own 0.2 (20%) of a share. With stock slices, investing has never been more accessible.


Anytime you buy fractional shares through Schwab Stock Slices, you can buy a single slice or up to 30 slices for as little as $5 per slice. And of course, you can trade stock slices commission-free online, just as you would full shares at Schwab.1 See a list of companies in the S&P 500 Index.


Schwab Stock Slices is an easy way to buy fractional shares (or whole shares) for a set dollar amount. You have the option to buy slices of stock in up to 30 top U.S. companies in a single transaction. The shares you purchase through Schwab Stock Slices can be held and sold independently.


A fractional share (stock slice) is when you own less than one whole share of a company. Fractional shares allow you to invest in stocks based on a dollar amount, so you may end up with a fraction of a share, a whole share, or more than one share.


Voting: If you own less than one whole share of stock, you will generally be able to participate in mandatory corporate actions such as stock splits, mergers, or spin-offs, but you will not be able to participate in any shareholder vote or voluntary corporate actions like tender offers and certain rights offerings.


Transferability: If you want to transfer your account or specific share positions to another broker, only whole shares can be transferred. Your fractional shares that cannot be transferred or reorganized will be liquidated at prevailing market prices, and the proceeds will be credited to your account. Since your fractional shares cannot be transferred, your overall SIPC coverage may be affected.


Corporate Action: If you receive fractional shares as the result of a stock split or other corporate action, we may either sell the shares on the open market or to the issuer or transfer agent, and you are entitled to receive your pro rata portion of the proceeds of such sale. If sold on the open market, the sale price may differ from that offered to certain registered owners by the issuer or transfer agent.


The shares available for purchase through Schwab Stock Slices are those in the S&P 500 Index (S&P 500), which includes the 500 leading large-cap U.S. publicly traded companies. The S&P 500 is often used as a benchmark or indicator of how large-cap U.S. equities are performing. See a list of companies in the S&P 500 Index.


Multiply your current fractions by the whole number shares of the stock split to see what your future whole or fractional share holdings will be, upon completion of the stock split. For example, if you owned .15 of a share and the company announced a split of three additional shares, you could anticipate holding .45 (0.15 x 3) of a share when the stock split is complete. If you held .43 shares of the same company, at the completion of the stock split you'd have 1.72 shares. This equates to a whole share and a fractional share because the split would award you an additional 1.29 shares (.43 x 3) shares.


Schwab Stock Slices is not intended to be investment advice or a recommendation of any share available for purchase through Stock Slices. Investing in shares can be volatile and involves risk, including loss of principal. Consider your individual circumstances prior to investing.


Robinhood has long been known for its commission-free trading (which extends to options, too) but it also allows you to buy the tiniest fraction of a share. Yes, you can buy as little as one-millionth of a share of your favorite stocks, and you can buy a huge variety of stocks as well. Stocks trading over $1 per share and with a market capitalization greater than $25 million are eligible for the program and ETFs are available for fractional shares, too. You can also reinvest dividends into fractional shares, but must enable the fractional feature first.


Fractional purchases: YesFractional dividend reinvestment: YesSecurities in the program: ETFs and stocks above the volume and size thresholds


Fractional purchases: NoFractional dividend reinvestment: YesSecurities in the program: More than 5,000 stocks as well as ETFs and mutual funds


Merrill Edge is another broker that allows dividend reinvestment in fractional shares but does not allow clients to purchase fractional shares directly. Merrill lets investors reinvest dividends from stocks and ETFs as well as mutual funds. You can quickly set up whether you want each security in your portfolio to reinvest with an online selection, and if you change your mind, you can flip your choice later on just as easily.


Have you ever wanted to invest a certain dollar amount, but the price of shares you want to buy prevents you from investing the entire amount? Do you find it's easier to think in round dollars rather than share prices? 041b061a72


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