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* Looking to save some money when you buy your stock? Find out how easy it is to do so by buying direct from the company and save.
It has become much easier to invest directly with many top dividend-paying stocks and potentially save yourself a pretty penny in the process.
More than 1000 dividend-paying companies offer direct purchase plans of stock, which is usually an offshoot of the company’s Dividend Reinvestment Plan or DRIP.
As Charles Carlson says in The Little Book of Big Dividends, “Direct purchase plans allow any investor – young or old, rich or not-so-rich – to buy quality stocks in amounts that make sense for their situation.”
The three main advantages of buying direct are that:
1. Investment minimums are quite low – usually less than 0 and can often be below 0. This makes it affordable for most investors, especially when starting out.
2. Both full and partial shares can be purchased with dividends paid out on both the fractional and full shares.
3. Fees are very modest – in most cases you’ll pay less than per transaction and many plans have zero trading fees.
So, how do you purchase via a direct-purchase plan?
Follow these five simple steps:
1. Contact the company.
2. Read the plan brochure.
3. Make your initial investment.
4. Keep accurate records of your investment.
5. Rinse and repeat.
I would be remiss not to mention that the three biggest disadvantages of direct-deposit plans are:
1. You can’t control the exact buy price.
2. You are required to keep track of your holdings.
3. Some plans do involve fees.
Despite these undesirable qualities, the benefits of investing directly with the company are well worth it down the road.
Carlson stresses that: “Every dollar you pay to buy stock is one less dollar in cash flow generated by your investment.”
Buying direct makes sense for many aspiring investors wanting to put the maximum amount of capital to work for them in generating wealth.
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