“If you put your mind to it, you can probably accomplish all of this within the span of a few weeks. Remember that your initial investment returns are relatively unimportant to the long-term outcome, so the most important thing is to get enough of an understanding that you feel comfortable and then to just get started.”
Millennials are more likely than other generations to be risk-averse.
They hold 52% of their savings in cash and only 28% in stocks, according to a UBS study. For other generations, the weightings are nearly the reverse: 23% in cash and 46% in stocks.
A 2013 Accenture report found that 43% of Millennials identify as conservative investors, whereas just 27% of Gen Xers and 31% of Boomers do.
And 43% said they would never be comfortable investing in the stock market, in a MFS Investment Management study.
But investing conservatively — or investing very little and holding your money in cash — runs counter to conventional investment advice for the young, which says, invest aggressively now, while your long time horizon will allow you to recover from any losses, so you can reap the compounding benefits of growth.
If you’re a gun-shy Millennial investor or a risk-averse investor of any age, here’s how to try out stock investing without getting burned.