GiveAShare: A Good Site For A Beginning Stock Investor

beginning stock investingI often get asked the best way to start investing in the stock market. I always think that a mutual fund is the best place to begin because it provides broad diversification at a low price. However, if you are interested in buying an individual stock and don’t have a whole lot of cash to meet the requirements of the big brokers, one share of stock might fit the bill.

GiveAShare History

One of the sites that I like for investors trying to buy stocks for their kids or enroll in a dividend reinvestment plan is GiveaAShare.  On GiveAShare, you can buy a  paper stock certificate in a frame and send it to a loved one or buy a share for yourself. The company has a selection of about 100 different stocks.

Here’s what I like about GiveAShare

I am a fan of paper stock certificates because they are so rare today. I have bought a bunch of stock certificates over the past few years for myself and for nieces and nephews. My entire wall is covered with stock certificates of companies that I have bought over the years. I only buy blue chip companies in certificate form because I know they will be around for the long haul.

One share of stock in paper certificate form is more expensive initially than opening a brokerage account and just buying one share electronically. But I like the fact that you can automatically enroll in a DRIP so that you can buy more shares. For example, most companies require you to buy $500 or $1,000 worth of stock to enroll in a DRIP. If you own one share however this requirement is waived. This way kids and adults can slowly build a stock portfolio and with minimal fees.

By buying one share of stock, you can enroll in the company’s DRIP and buy $25 or $50 worth of stock and keep building your position. Shares bought via a DRIP are recorded electronically and paper statements are mailed to account holders. GiveAShare gives you a list on the company’s website of all of the companies that have dividend reinvestment programs.

I am also a fan of the I’m A Shareholder Kit offered by the company. I read through one a few months ago and it’s a great way to teach kids about stock.This shareholder kit is appropriate for kids and teens. It has a bunch of information on stock investing and some great graphics.

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  1. This is pretty cool. I was just talking with my co-worker about how paper shares are a thing of the past, but they are still pretty cool to see. But, it looks like they are still in circulation huh? Cool!

  2. When I was in 8th grade my grandpa gave me one share of McDonalds stock, although I didn’t get a certificate or anything. I have no idea what has happened to that thing; it probably got rolled up into his portfolio.

  3. My grandfather still gives me paper shares each Christmas! Its pretty cool, since you don’t see them too often anymore.

  4. That’s a cool gift for an adult too. Perfect if you know someone that really likes a company for whatever reason (like a harley guy)

  5. This seems like a great way to introduce children to investing! As an adult, I would not mind getting the certificates either.

  6. Awesome. I think I might be getting a frame for a couple of my favorites.

  7. I wouldn’t get one as an investment, but as a decoration they’re pretty nice … it’s quaint and classic to see a paper stock again. (Look at me, saying “again” … I’ve never seen one before!)

  8. This is awesome, i never realised you could buy paper shares! Definitely need to start collecting.

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