Applying for a life insurance policy often involves multiple steps and can take longer than getting other types of insurance. Let’s take a look at what’s commonly involved in the life insurance application process so you can proceed with confidence.
Term or Whole?
Before applying for life insurance, it’s a good idea to consider such things like how much coverage you need, how much you’re prepared to pay for premiums, and which riders you might like to include. You’ll also need to figure out whether a term life or permanent life policy makes sense for you. Whole life insurance is one type of permanent life insurance.
Term life and whole life insurance have important differences. Term life tends to be simpler and more straightforward. Someone purchases a policy for a certain dollar amount and term, and then has life insurance coverage for the designated time period (10, 20, 25, or 30 years, for example).
If the policyholder keeps up premiums and dies within that term, beneficiaries will receive the appropriate payout. Monthly payments are generally fixed with term life policies.
Reasons people choose term life include:
• Term policies almost always cost less than whole life, sometimes significantly so.
• Policyholders predict they’ll have enough money saved by the time the policy expires.
• Beneficiaries are expected to be financially independent by the time the term expires.
Whole life policies, which also require regular payments, are intended to last the holder’s entire lifetime — there is no expiration date. They can cost up to 10 times as much as a term life policy because part of that money is invested into what’s called the policy’s cash value.
Policyholders can typically borrow against their cash value at an interest rate that’s specified in their policy. They may also be able to cash in their policy to receive money; that action closes out the whole life policy. Whatever is left over after the policyholder dies will be distributed to beneficiaries.
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The Application Process
When you’re ready to get the ball rolling on obtaining a policy, the first step is to fill out an application with your carrier of choice. The insurance company will review the application for completeness. If any information is missing, they’ll likely follow up to ensure that the application is completely filled out. Some carriers may conduct a phone interview when someone applies, while others do so only if an application is incomplete.
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The Underwriting Phase
Next comes the underwriting phase, which every applicant goes through. There are two tracts of underwriting available: traditional and accelerated. The traditional tract requires a medical exam, and your blood and urine samples may be collected. The accelerated tract typically does not require a medical exam or blood or urine tests.
During this time, the insurance company will review your application for a wide range of factors that may include:
• Your age
• Your gender
• Your current health
• Your personal health history, including prescriptions
• Your family health history
• Your lifestyle and personal habits (for instance, a history of alcohol abuse or tobacco use)
• Your occupation
• How frequently you participate in hobbies that could be considered high risk
• Other factors, including your driving record
The insurance company uses this information along with actuarial tables to determine your risk profile, or how much of a risk you are to insure. Your risk profile can impact how much coverage you qualify for and at what cost.
A life insurance carrier will sometimes require a medical exam before issuing a policy.
The exam may be similar to a person’s regular annual physical. A medical tech will likely ask questions that are similar to those on the application, and a professional will conduct a physical exam. It can include measuring height and weight, checking blood pressure, and taking blood and urine samples.
In some cases, an EKG may be performed to measure the electrical activity of the heart. Men over age 50 may need to have a prostate-specific antigen test done to check prostate health.
When medical exams are required in applying for life insurance, it’s part of the underwriting process that helps a carrier understand the risk level of insuring the applicant. The tests performed can indicate if a person has high blood pressure and/or high cholesterol, elevated glucose, or other health issues.
Some people may be tempted to downplay personal health issues when filling out a life insurance application. That is never a good idea. If someone didn’t fully disclose the truth about their state of health and died within two years of getting a policy, the insurance company can delve into the details. If information is found to be lacking or inaccurate, the carrier could deny beneficiaries the death benefit.
Applying for life insurance often starts with deciding how much coverage you need, how much you’ll pay in premiums, and whether a term life or permanent life policy is right for you. Once you’ve finished comparison shopping and weighing your options, the first step is to fill out an application with the carrier of your choice and then undergo an underwriting process. During this time, the insurance company will consider a number of factors, including your age, gender, current health, personal health history, family health history, and lifestyle. A medical exam may also be required. The insurer uses this information, along with actuarial tables, to determine your risk profile, which can impact how much coverage you qualify for and at what cost.
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Are there advantages to applying for life insurance when you’re young?
Yes, because carriers generally base policy price on risk factors, buying a policy when you’re young and healthy typically means lower premiums. Plus, with some term life insurance policies, buyers can lock in pricing when they purchase, and locking in at a low rate can be a financial plus.
Can I change the specifics of a life insurance policy — for example, change the amount of coverage?
Yes, some insurance carriers do allow this kind of flexibility. Current policyholders should check with their carrier. New applicants can check with the carrier to see what kind of flexibility is provided.
Is having employer-sponsored life insurance enough?
Maybe. While having this benefit is good, these policies are generally in the amount of one to two times an employee’s salary. That’s typically not enough to address debt and provide sustained financial help to beneficiaries, which is why it may make sense to purchase a second policy. Plus, employer plans may not be portable: If the employee leaves the company, the policy may be terminated.
What’s the right amount of coverage?
Each person’s situation is unique. Some use the DIME formula to determine the right amount. That acronym stands for Debts, Income, Mortgage, and Education. What will be needed to cover all of those bases? To streamline the process, you might want to calculate your life insurance needs.
Does it make sense to use an agent when buying life insurance?
Possibly. An agent can educate a consumer about what’s involved in getting a life insurance policy. This can be especially helpful if the process seems overwhelming. Many agents work on commission, so using one that does charge a commission can cause the cost of the policy to go up. Higher commissions are typically charged on whole life policies than on term life. However, not all agents charge a commission.
Coverage and pricing is subject to eligibility and underwriting criteria.
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I am sick. For the past ten days, I’ve been wrestling with a high fever, a cough, a persistent sore throat, and a general malaise that’s kicking my ass. Basically, I’m the sickest I’ve been in over a decade. (The last time I was this sick? The evening that The Fellowship of the Ring premiered. I went to see it with friends, but don’t remember a thing about that night because I was sick with a high fever. High fevers suck!)
Normally, I don’t go to the doctor. My family has a funny thing about doctors, and usually prefer to let an illness run its course rather than to pay a doctor to tell us to “let the illness run its course”. Last Tuesday, though, I decided that sometimes discretion is the better part of valor. After four days with a high fever, and after sensing that something wasn’t quite right with my lungs, I drove myself to urgent care.
“You have the flu,” the nurse practitioner told me. “And it’d be even worse if you hadn’t had your flu shot. As it is, you may have pneumonia. It’s been going around.”
She prescribed an inhaler, steroids, and an antibiotic, but she seemed skeptical that they’d help. “Make sure you call us if things don’t improve,” she said. “In the meantime, you need to spend 72 hours in quarantine. You don’t want to give this to anyone else, and you don’t want to catch anything else that might be going around.”
So, for three days last week, I confined myself to my apartment.
Hunting for Health Insurance
But this article isn’t about how sick I’ve been. This article is about my quest for health insurance. Earlier this year, I promised to share my experience as I looked for an individual policy.
As background, I’ve always had insurance through Kris. Because we were married, my insurance was covered by the policy she had through her employer. And before that — long before that — I was on my parents’ health insurance. For 43 years, health insurance has been a non-issue for me.
That changed, though, when I asked for a divorce last autumn. I knew that I’d have to find my own coverage. In fact, Kris wouldn’t allow the papers to be filed until I could demonstrate I had replacement coverage.
“No problem,” I thought. “How hard can it be to find health insurance? I’m the healthiest I’ve been in my life!” Haha. Turns out, it’s not as easy as it sounds.
A Wild Goose Chase
My first stop was eHealthInsurance.com. Many people (including several GRS readers) had recommended this site as a great way to compare health insurance and to apply online without much hassle. It sounded perfect. Before Kris and I left for our trip to South America in February, I filled out an application. It seemed simple, and I had no doubt I’d be approved.
Some of my options at eHealthInsurance
While we were in Argentina, I got an e-mail that said my application for health insurance had been rejected, but didn’t offer any explanation. When I got home, there was a letter waiting for me in the mail that gave more detail. Turns out, I had a pre-existing condition that caused my application to be rejected. Five years ago, when I was fifty pounds heavier, I suffered from sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a risk factor for other diseases, and insurers don’t like it. Never mind that I no longer have sleep apnea, that I’m fifty pounds lighter than when I had it, and that my health has never been better. There’s no way to convey that info on an application. Instead, I was turned down for health insurance.
I went back to eHealthInsurance.com to apply for a different policy, but there’s a question on every application: “Has any other carrier turned you down for health insurance during the past 90 days?” It turns out that once one carrier turns you down, all carriers will turn you down. (This isn’t strictly true, but it’s mostly true.)
I decided that my best bet was to just just continue receiving coverage through my same carrier. My logic was impeccable: I’d been with them for years already and they knew my medical history, so surely it would be a piece of cake to carry things forward. Again, this didn’t turn out to be true.
I called my carrier to ask about porting my policy from Kris’ work account to individual insurance. “We can’t do that,” they told me. “You have to call the employer that has the policy.” So I did. But Kris’ employer told me they couldn’t port it forward either. “Your only option is COBRA,” they told me. (COBRA is ongoing medical insurance available when your existing policy ends. It’s expensive.)
I’m telling this story in a calm, even-handed fashion, but I wasn’t feeling calm and even-handed during the process. I was feeling frustrated. I couldn’t figure out where to turn.
Finally, I started talking about my health insurance dilemma with everyone I met. I asked my self-employed friends what they do for health insurance. (Shocking but true answer: Most of them don’t have health insurance. No joke.) When I met other folks who’ve been through a divorce, I asked how they handled the health insurance question.
In the end, it was my colleague Mark Silver from Heart of Business who provided the answer. “I used an insurance broker to find health insurance,” he told me. “Here. I’ll give you his contact info.”
Taking Matters Into My Own Hands
Because I hate e-mail conversations and because I hate getting the run-around by phone, I tend to prefer face-to-face business transactions. Yes, they take more time, but I find them easier. It’s possible to discuss shades of grey and to explore multiple possibilities in person. For this reason, I drove across Portland to visit Ron Tate at Tate Insurance Services. I explained my situation.
“I need health insurance,” I said. “But I only want catastrophic insurance. I’m willing to self-insure almost everything.” Because I have substantial savings, I’m willing to pay more for routine coverage if that means my monthly insurance premiums are low. In the long-term, this should save me tons of money.
“No problem,” Mr. Tate told me. “We have several options.” He walked me through them. I chose the option that seemed to offer the best balance of cost and coverage, filled out the application. And waited. And waited. And waited.
After a week of waiting, I got word that my application had been rejected. Again. And again because of sleep apnea. “We have a couple of options,” Mr. Tate told me. “Because you’ve been rejected, you qualify for the Oregon Medical Insurance Pool, which is for high-risk customers like you. It’s nto cheap though. Or you can apply elsewhere. Or we can ask for an exclusion for the sleep apnea. That means you won’t have coverage for that condition, but everything else will be normal.”
“To be honest,” I said, “I just want to get this finished. I feel like I’ve been working on this for weeks, and I’m tired of it. It shouldn’t be this hard to get health insurance.”
My plan options at my insurance provider
In fact, I was so frustrated that I went home from Mr. Tate’s office and took matters into my own hands. I did what I should have done from the start. I went to the website for my current carrier and filled out an application for personal health insurance. I chose the cheapest policy (which still costs $128 a month!) and indicated I was a current customer. And then I waited. Within a couple of days, I’d heard back that my application was approved.
An Unhealthy System
That’s a long, boring story, I know, but I’m certain it’s typical of what everyone goes through when attempting to find health insurance on their own. It’s not easy. In fact, it seems a little crazy that it takes that much work to get coverage.
During the process, I spoke with dozens of people about their own experience getting insurance, or about their experience with family members who’ve had to use health insurance lately. I’ll be honest: I came away jaded. I’m far from being a socialist, but there’s no question in my mind that the current health insurance system in the U.S. is broken. It’s tough to find coverage, that coverage is expensive, and once you have it, it’s like a game for the insurance companies to get out of paying. This is dumb. I’d be happy to try some sort of socialized medicine as an alternative, and so would every single person I spoke to during this process. (But, of course, I live in Portland where even moderates like me would be considered liberal in other parts of the country.)
And, of course, the conclusion of this story is that I had to put my insurance to use last week. I have no idea how much my doctor’s appointment, x-ray, and prescriptions would have cost without insurance (and neither do the doctors, actually), but I do know that my total out-of-pocket cost was $29.26. (This may go up after the insurance company decides whether I owe more, but that’s the current total.)
I’m still not healthy. There’s still gunk in my lungs. I’m still running a mild fever. I still feel like sleeping all day. But it’s good to know that if I do need medical help, I have the insurance situation sorted out.
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The insurance provider promises to cover certain expenses and losses in exchange for a monthly premium payment. The contract covers a specific period of time and the rates are locked in during the life of the contract.
At the end of the contract, the policyholder may renew the policy and enter into a new contract or simply allow the policy to expire. If you renew the policy, the monthly premium payment will be updated and locked in for the life of the new contract.
Many term life policies can be written to automatically renew with adjustments in premium payments while the amount of coverage remains the same. These plans are usually the most affordable of the different types of life insurance policies.
Life insurance is the best purchase you can make for the financial protection of your family. You’ll sleep better knowing that no matter what happens, your family will be taken care of.
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Getting Life Insurance
If you have never bought life insurance before, the process can be confusing, frustrating, and sometimes ever daunting. Don’t worry, buying a life insurance policy is much easier than it sounds. The first thing you have to do is decide which type of policy you want. There are several types: term, whole life, and no exam. Each of these has different advantages and disadvantages.
A term policy is the cheapest of the options, but is only effective for a certain time period. After that time is up, the policy is no longer in force. It’s pretty much like an expiration date.
After you decide which type of policy you’re going to get, you’ll need to calculate how large of a policy you are going to purchase. There is no “magic number” for life insurance plans, but there are a few things to consider.
The first is how much debt would you leave behind if something tragic were to happen? Do you have a mortgage payment? Student loans? Will your kids have student loans? All of your unpaid expenses can add up and leave your loved ones with more debt than you would have realized. Make sure your insurance policy will at least cover all of your final expenses.
The other factor to consider is your annual salary. One of the main purposes of these plans is to replace lost income if you were to pass away. The more people relying on your income, the larger policy you’ll need to purchase. While there are differing opinions, most financial experts agree that ten times your annual salary is a good target.
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How Much Does a $500,000 Term Life Policy Cost?
Term life insurance premiums are based on the length of the term and the health and age of the person covered by the policy. While term life insurance becomes more expensive with age, it still remains a viable and one of the cheapest forms of insurance even for the elderly.
Even as you age, the premiums remain relatively low. If you’re still at a younger age, it could be wise to purchase a longer policy so you lock in those lower rates for a longer time before you have to renew your policy and have the premiums recalculated. Even purchasing life insurance at 50 is cheaper than waiting another 10 years.
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Term life insurance policies are good for people that don’t have a lot of money to invest and need a way to protect their families from the financial burdens of a funeral and loss of income due to a sudden death.
Health and Age Considerations
Insurance providers that issue life insurance policies will review your medical history for serious medical conditions and might require a medical examination if a condition is questionable.
With a medical exam, the insurance company will send a paramedic to your house to take simple vital signs and basic health information. The medical exam will consist of getting your weight, taking a blood sample, urine sample, and blood pressure, and answering questions about your health and family health history, such as if your family has a history of diabetes.
The insurance company then analyzes any medical condition to determine its possible influence on your death.
If you have a medical condition that seriously impacts your health and is potentially shortening your life expectancy, your policy application might be denied or higher premiums may be required.
This is typically referred to as high-risk life insurance.
If you’re considered “high-risk,” you need to find a company offering cheaper high-risk coverage. Being listed as a “smoker” on your life insurance policy will double or triple your monthly premiums, regardless if you’re in perfect physical health. You can also see here for one of these types of high-risk conditions.
If you have a condition that can be controlled by treatments or medication and is not potentially shortening your life expectancy, your policy should be accepted and there should be no huge impact on your premium payments. If you want to get the lowest rates, it’s important that you focus on your health.
On that note, consider losing weight, lowering blood pressure, lowering cholesterol, etc. The medical exam determines the premiums and chances of being accepted. A healthy diet and regular exercise can work wonders for your body, energy levels, and even your wallet.
The more excess weight you carry, the higher the risk you’ll pose to the insurance company. Losing the extra weight will put extra money in your wallet. It’s a win-win scenario.
The key is being upfront with your agent and letting them know everything about your health. Just because you don’t disclose it upfront, doesn’t mean the life insurance company won’t find out about it. Every one of the top 10 life insurance companies will find out a condition and will adjust your quotes accordingly.
Do I Really Need a $500,000 Policy?
Everyone has different needs, but a term life insurance policy with enough coverage to cover the funeral, pay off debt and have enough left over to live on for a while is always a good idea. It’s especially a good idea if you have children.
If you’re wondering how much to buy, please use our free term life insurance calculator to see the amount your family deserves. Don’t buy ANY plan before you do some number crunching. All you have to do is add your debts and your salary together.
Another way to save money on your $500,000 life insurance company is to shop around with different companies. If you already have different insurance policies, you can save money by bundling your policies with one company. However, don’t automatically go with the company you are already using.
Because every company is different, they all have different ratings and will look at your application through different eyes. You could end up with drastically different rates from one company versus another. If you want to make sure you get the most insurance for your money, get quotes from several different companies before you pick one of them.
A good $500,000 dollar term life policy will provide the security your family needs as it adjusts to the loss of a loved one and learns to make it without your income.
Why You Need Life Insurance
After you use the calculator you may realize that you actually need a bigger policy. A lot of applicants are surprised at just how large of a policy they should purchase. Before you ever purchase a plan though, you should realize the importance of one of these policies.
Your debt is going straight to your family if you die. There is no way around this fact. Do you want to leave that kind of inheritance?
These policies give your family members the resources they need to pay off any debt you would leave behind. They won’t have to worry about covering those expenses. They won’t have to worry about finding money to pay off your credit card bills or have to force themselves back to work because of finances.
Every year there are countless families suffering from the loss of a family member. While going through all of their sufferings, they find themselves under a mountain of debt they have no way to pay for. Don’t let your family become one of these stories.
Getting life insurance coverage is extremely important, but you want to get the best rates available for your age. Having life insurance coverage shouldn’t cost a fortune every month. When you’re shopping around for a $500,000 policy, you’ll notice the premiums are affordable, but some are cheaper than others.
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Horror movies have been a staple of the film industry for decades, captivating audiences with their ability to scare, shock, and thrill. From classic black-and-white thrillers to modern-day blockbusters, horror movies haunt us with their terrifying stories and imagery. Whether you’re a horror enthusiast or simply looking for a good scare, the world of horror movies offers a wide range of options to choose from.
1. The Exorcist
“The Exorcist” is a classic horror film directed by William Friedkin and released in 1973. The movie tells the story of a young girl named Regan who becomes possessed by a demon, and the efforts of a priest named Father Damien Karras to exorcise the entity from her body. The film is widely regarded as one of the best horror movies ever made due to its blend of supernatural horror and personal themes of faith and redemption. The use of practical effects and strong performances from the cast, particularly Linda Blair and Jason Miller, add to the film’s enduring legacy.
2. The Shining
“The Shining” is a 1980 horror film directed by Stanley Kubrick and is considered one of the best horror movies ever made. The movie tells the story of Jack Torrance, a writer who takes a job as a winter caretaker at the isolated Overlook Hotel with his wife and son. Kubrick’s masterful direction and use of imagery create a sense of dread and unease, complemented by the haunting score. Jack Nicholson’s unforgettable performance as Jack Torrance, the exploration of themes such as isolation and madness, and the film’s impact on pop culture all contribute to its status as a classic of cinema and a must-see for horror fans.
3. IT Chapter 1
“It Chapter 1” is a 2017 horror film directed by Andy Muschietti that follows a group of outcast kids, the Losers Club, as they try to defeat a shape-shifting entity that takes the form of a terrifying clown named Pennywise. The film’s blend of horror, humor, and heart makes it stand out in the genre. The exceptional cast, particularly the young actors who play the Losers Club, deliver powerful performances. The film explores universal themes related to childhood trauma, grief, and the power of imagination, which elevates it beyond the confines of the horror genre. Overall, “It Chapter 1” is a must-see film for horror fans and movie lovers alike.
4. The Nun
“The Nun” is a 2018 horror film directed by Corin Hardy that takes place in 1952 Romania. It follows a young nun and a priest as they investigate the death of a nun in a secluded abbey and encounter an evil force in the form of a demonic nun. The film’s immersive atmosphere, stunning visuals, exceptional performances, and clever use of jump scares and suspense make it a modern horror classic and a must-see for horror fans.
“Jaws” is a 1975 horror film directed by Steven Spielberg that takes place in a small New England town terrorized by a giant man-eating great white shark. The film’s ability to create suspense and terror through suggestion rather than explicit gore, exceptional performances, and masterful filmmaking make it a classic horror film and a must-see for fans of the genre. Its enduring popularity is a testament to its timeless storytelling and iconic scenes.
6. IT Chapter 2
“IT Chapter 2” is a 2019 horror film directed by Andy Muschietti and based on the novel by Stephen King. The film follows the adult versions of the Losers Club as they return to Derry, Maine to confront the shape-shifting entity known as Pennywise the Clown. The film’s exceptional cast, and the blend of horror and heart make it one of the best horror movies ever made.
7. A Quiet Place
“A Quiet Place” is a 2018 horror film directed by John Krasinski, set in a post-apocalyptic world where creatures hunt by sound. The film’s use of sound and unique premise creates a tense and immersive atmosphere, while exceptional performances by the cast, particularly Emily Blunt and Millicent Simmonds, add depth to the characters. The exploration of themes such as family, sacrifice, and survival make it not just a horror movie, but a thoughtful drama.
8. The Sixth Sense
The Sixth Sense was produced in 1999 by Barry Mendel, Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall. It’s the story of a young boy who receives visits from ghosts. He’s too afraid to tell anybody but the child psychologist, who listens to the boy and tries to help him. Dark secrets about the miscommunication of ghosts are waiting for them, and the movie cleverly lays down clues about the twist that occurs at the end. A clever plot and suspence make this horror movie a must-see for enthusiasts!
9. World War Z
“World War Z” is a 2013 horror film directed by Marc Forster and is considered one of the great horror movies of the past decade. The movie follows a former United Nations employee’s journey as he travels across the globe in search of a cure for a zombie pandemic while trying to protect his family. The film’s strengths include the intensity of the action, impressive special effects, a fast-paced and suspenseful storyline, and engaging performances, particularly by Brad Pitt. The exploration of themes such as survival, sacrifice, and the consequences of human actions adds a level of depth and complexity to the movie. Furthermore, the film has had a significant impact on the zombie sub-genre of horror movies and inspired numerous films, TV shows, and video games.
“Hereditary” is a 2018 horror film directed by Ari Aster and is considered one of the great horror movies of recent times. The movie follows the Graham family as they struggle with their grief and the unsettling events that follow the death of the grandmother. The film’s direction, masterful use of symbolism, cinematography, and score create a sense of unease and dread throughout the film. Toni Collette delivers a powerful performance as the mother, Annie, whose family is haunted by dark secrets and a sinister presence. The movie’s impact is long-lasting, inspiring discussions and debates among viewers about its meaning and themes.
From the classic supernatural horror of “The Exorcist” to the post-apocalyptic tension of “A Quiet Place,” these films have captivated audiences with their ability to scare, shock, and thrill. These movies continue to inspire new generations of horror filmmakers and enthusiasts, and their legacy is a testament to the power of storytelling and the enduring appeal of the horror genre.
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Investing in stocks can seem like a daunting task.
There are so many things to consider when it comes to investing, and the stock market is constantly moving.
Stock market investing is a popular option to increase net worth and make money.
Many people are looking for ways to invest their money, with the number of individual investors increasing rapidly in recent years.
This guide covers many important factors for how to invest in stocks for beginners.
Starting out as a newbie trader can be scary and overwhelming… don’t worry, all seasoned traders had to start at the beginning too!
Let’s take away that quell those thoughts and focus on why you want to learn to invest in stocks.
This guide will give you everything you need to know about how to invest in stocks as a beginner investor!
What Are Stocks?
In the most basic form, stocks are a form of investment. When you own a stock, you have a piece of ownership in the company’s equity.
The stock market is a real-time financial market in which investors buy and sell stocks and other securites. The stock market is made up of many companies and individuals who are actively investing in stocks.
Stocks are an excellent way for companies and individuals to invest in a company and receive a share of the company’s profits.
Many of the growth stocks (FAANG stocks) are those who investors want their stock price to increase over time. Thus, increasing their overall portfolio’s net worth.
FAANG Stocks is an acronym for: Meta (formerly known as Facebook), Amazon, Apple, Netflix, and Alphabet (formerly known as Google).
Some companies like Chevron (CVX) pay out a dividend each quarter to their investors.
There are thousands of stocks available to trade.
What Can You Invest In The Stock Market?
There are many investment opportunities in the financial market, so it is important to be informed about what you can invest in. Below are some of the places where you can invest your money:
Now, we are going to look at the most common.
Individual stocks are a type of investment that you can make yourself.
You can choose how many shares of a certain company you want to purchase.
For example, you like Tesla for how they are innovative in the electric car space. You can choose to invest 20 shares of their stock.
As a long-term investor, you want to hold a portfolio of 10-25 stocks. Find a list of beginning stocks to build your portfolio.
Individual stocks can be bought or sold as a way to dip your toe into the stock-trading waters.
As a short-term investor, you are looking to make money as the stock price increases or decreases.
Mutual funds are managed portfolios of stocks.
As a result, mutual funds typically have load fees equal to 1% to 3% of the value of the fund.
One of the most popular mutual funds is VTSAX because of its expense ratio is .04%
Mutual funds are a clear choice for most investors because of the simplicity to invest in the market. This can be a good investment for both novice and experienced investors, as they offer decent returns with lower risk.
They tend to rise more slowly than individual stocks and have less potential for high returns. Mutual funds are a great way to diversify your portfolio and gain exposure to a variety of different securities.
All mutual funds must disclose their fees and performance information so that you can make an informed decision about whether or not to invest.
Exchange traded funds (ETFs)
Exchange traded funds (ETFs) are a type of exchange-traded investment product that must register with the SEC and allows investors to pool money and invest in stocks, bonds, or assets that are traded on the US stock exchange.
They are inherently diversified, which reduces your risk.
This is a good option for beginner investors because they offer a large selection of stocks in one go.
ETFs have a lower minimum to start investing, which is a draw for many investors starting out with little funds. Plus there are many different types of ETFs to choose from.
ETFs are similar to mutual funds, but trade more similarly to individual stocks. With ETFs and Index Funds, you can purchase them yourself and may have lower fees.
Why Stock Prices Fluctuate
Stock prices fluctuate because the financial markets are a complex system. There are many factors that can affect the price of a stock,
There are a number of factors that can influence stock prices, including:
Economic indicators like GDP growth, inflation, and unemployment rates
Company earnings reports
The overall health of the economy
Political and social instability
Changes in interest rates
War or natural disasters
Supply and demand,
Actions of the company’s management
Short squeezings like what happened with GME or AMC
The volatility in the stock market is the #1 reason most people stay out of investments. However, on average, the stock market has moved up 8-10% a year.
What is the best thing to invest in as a beginner?
The best thing to invest in as a beginner is your time.
You need to learn how the stock market works. Just like you would get a certification or degree, you should highly consider an investing course.
Learn and devote as much time as you can to investing in stocks.
How To Invest In Stocks For Beginners?
Investing in the stock market can be a great way to make money! If you’re looking for ways to make money or grow net worth, investing in a stock is a smart choice.
With online access and trading being easier now than ever, it can be easier than ever to start buying stocks.
Let’s dig into how to invest in stocks like a pro.
FYI…You should do your own research before investing.
Step #1: Figure out your goals
Figure out your goals to help with setting an investing strategy.
What are you trying to achieve with stock market investing? Is it supplemental income? A certain level of wealth for retirement? Are you looking for short-term or long-term gains?
Once you know what you’re aiming for, it will be easier to find the right stocks and make wise investment decisions.
Your reason to invest in stocks will be different than everyone around you.
Some people want to supplement their weekly income.
Others want to invest in companies for the long term.
My goal is to make weekly income from the stock market. That is my investment strategy for non-retirement accounts.
You need to spend time understanding WHY you want to buy stocks.
Knowing this answer will help you define what type of trader you will be.
Step #2. Decide how you want to invest in the stock market
When you decide to invest in the stock market, you need to choose what you want to invest in.
You can invest in stocks, which are shares of ownership in a company, or you can invest in bonds, which are loans that a company makes. There are also other options like mutual funds and exchange-traded funds (ETFs), which are collections of stocks or bonds.
Also, you can expand this to what types of investments will you have in various retirement or brokerage accounts. For example, you may invest in mutual funds with your 401k, ETFs with your Roth IRA, and stick with individual stocks for your taxable account.
This is a personal decision.
Many people when they are first starting to trade stocks choose to limit purchasing stocks with a limited percentage of their overall portfolio.
Step #3. Are you invest in stocks for the short term or long term?
The buy and hold investor is more comfortable with taking a long-term approach, while the short-term speculator is more focused on the day-to-day price fluctuations.
Once again, this is a personal preference.
One of the most common themes of many investing gurus is, “Remember that stock prices can go down as well as up, so it’s important to stay invested for the long term.”
However, this full-time trader wants to make money on those highs and lows.
Knowing your overall investment horizon will help you decide how much time you plan to hold onto your investments to reach your financial goal.
Also, you can choose different time horizons for different accounts.
Step #4: Determine your investing approach
Passive and active investing are two main approaches to stock market investing.
Passive investing does not involve significant trading and is associated with index funds.
Passive investing is a way to DIY your investments for maximum efficiency over time.
Thus, you would contribute to your investment account on the xx day of the month with $xx amount of money.
This happens with consistency regardless of where the market stands on that day.
You are less warry of where the stock market will go and focused on overtime it will continue to go up.
Active investing takes the opposite approach, hoping to maximize gains by buying and selling more frequently and at specific times.
Active investing is when an investor is actively acquiring, selling, or holding bought stocks.
This could be with day trading or swing trading.
You may hold stocks for less than a day, a few days, or a couple of weeks.
The purpose of having active investing is to make profits.
In the stock market, investors make efforts to increase their net worth over time or to make income off the market.
Step #5: Define your investment strategy
When it comes to investing in the stock market, there are a few key factors you need to take into account: your time horizon, financial goals, risk tolerance, and tax bracket.
Do you want to be an active trader or stick with passive investing? What kind of investor am I?
There is no right or wrong answer as this is a personal preference.
Ultimately, you want returns to be greater than the overall S&P 500 index for the year.
Once you’ve figured these out, you can start focusing on specific investment strategies that will work best for you.
Be aware of any fees or related costs when investing. Fees can take a bite out of your investments, so compare costs and fees.
Step #6: Determine the amount of money willing to lose on stocks.
Trading stocks online is inherently risky.
You want to consider what your “risk tolerance” is. Simply put, how much are you willing to lose in stocks before you want to quit?
The biggest reason most people quit trading stocks is that they do not know their risk tolerance and fail with risk management.
You will lose on trading stocks. The goal is to lose a small amount on some of the trades and gain a greater amount of more of your trades.
How much risk you can reasonably take on given your financial situation?
What are your feelings about risk?
What happens when your favorite stock drops 25%?
Understanding your risk tolerance and how much you are willing to lose will help you keep your losses small.
Start with a small amount of money when investing in stocks. Also, make sure you have enough money saved up so you can handle any losses that may occur.
How to Start Investing in Stocks
There are a variety of ways to start investing in stocks. Some methods include getting a small account balance and then buying shares, creating an investing club with friends, or researching the companies you want to invest in.
Now, that you have determined how and why you want to invest in stocks. Let’s dig into the nitty gritty of how to manage a stock portfolio.
On the other hand, if you don’t invest enough, you could miss out on potential profits. Try starting with an amount you’re comfortable losing if the stock market does go down.
1. Open an investment account
There are a few things you need to do in order to start investing in the stock market.
The first is to open an investment account with a broker or an online brokerage firm.
There are different types of accounts you can open:
Taxable accounts like an individual or joint brokerage
Retirement accounts like IRA or Roth IRA
These are the most basic investment accounts, here is a list of types of investment accounts.
If you plan to hold EFTs or mutual funds, Vanguard is a great place to start.
If you plan to be an active trader, I would look at TD Ameritrade or Fidelity. Be wary of Robinhood or WeBull.
2. Saturate yourself in Stock Market Knowledge
On the simplest level, it can be incredibly easy to begin your investing career with little-to-no knowledge, research, and expertise.
If you have even a remote understanding of stocks, then learn what you need from an easy-to-find YouTube video, followed by watching some of your favorite TV shows to learn more about the market and its secrets.
With that said, you need to be digesting the basics from start to end of getting your first investment started.
As the title reveals, investing can seem intimidating and complicated. Thus, stock market knowledge is invaluable.
3. Consider an Investing Course
A typical investing course would teach how to invest in stocks (and possibly other investments).
As a beginner trader, it is unlikely you will know the full extent of how the stock market works. There are many intricacies you must learn and understand.
Beginners should learn about stock investing basics, such as diversification and investment criteria.
Many investing courses offer a platform on how to make money by trading stocks.
Personally, I highly recommend buying this investing course.
If you choose not to follow my advice, that is fine. Come back when you have lost more money in the stock market than the price of the courses.
I CAN NOT STRESS ENOUGH… how important it is to have a solid foundation and practice in a simulated account before you use your real money.
4. Research the companies you want to invest in
When you’re ready to start investing in stocks, it is important that you do your due diligence and research the companies you want to invest in.
Look for trends and for companies that are in positions to benefit you.
Consider stocks across a wide range of industries, from technology to health care. It’s also important to remember that stock prices can go up or down, so always consider this before making any investment decisions.
5. Choose your stocks, ETFs, or mutual funds
Next, you have to decide what fits your investing strategy. Are you looking to buy:
Regardless of which type of investment you make, you must look for companies that have attractive valuations and growth prospects. In the case of index funds or ETFs, which fund has the companies you find attractive.
Most importantly, you should also take into account the company’s financial health and its prospects for future growth.
Make sure you understand the risks associated with holding a particular stock, including possible price fluctuations and loss of value.
7. Take the Trade
This is the hardest step for most people is to take their first trade.
Thus, why learning to trade stocks is great to learn a simulated account using fake money. Then, move to a LIVE account using your real money.
At some point, in your investing in stocks journey, you must press the buy button.
For many the investment platform may be overwhelming to use, so check out your brokerage’s YouTube videos to help you out.
8: Manage your portfolio
Managing your portfolio is important to keep your investments in good shape.
If you are a long-term investor, diversify your portfolio by investing in different types of investment vehicles and industries.
If you prefer to swing trade or day trade, then you want to make sure you always have cash on hand and are rotating your portfolio to take profit.
Investing can be difficult for beginners who often lack knowledge about the stock market.
It is important to remember to keep investing money and rebalance your portfolio on a regular basis. This will help ensure that you stay on top of your investments and achieve the desired result.
9. Selling Stocks
For most investors, it is harder to sell their stocks than to purchase them. There are a variety of factors for that. But, you must sell your stocks at some time to realize your gain.
Don’t panic if the market crashes or corrects – these events usually don’t last very long and history has shown that the market will eventually rebound. Most people tend to panic sell when stocks are low and FOMO buy when the market is at highs.
When you are ready to sell, aim to achieve a percentage return on your investment.
This will require some focus on your time horizon and the stocks you want to invest in.
Also, you need to consider any taxes that may be owed on the sale of stock.
If you’re new to stock investing, consider using index funds instead of individual stocks to gain broad market exposure.
10. Journal & Analyze your Trades
Journaling is a way of recording the important decisions you make during trading to help yourself remember what happened in your trades. It can be used as a tool for reflection, learning from mistakes, and reviewing your strategy.
Analyzing your trades means looking back on your trading history with the goal of improving it.
This is the most overlooked step of the investing process.
When it comes to buying and selling stocks, journalling what is happening in the market is an important part of being a successful investor.
Stock Market Investing Tips for Beginners
Ask any seasoned trader, and they will have a list of investing tips for beginners.
They have made plenty of trading mistakes they do not want to see newbies do the same thing.
When starting to invest in the stock market, beginner investors often seek out consistent and reliable investments.
This allows them to slowly learn about the stock market and take calculated risks while also earning a return on their investment. Over time, as they gain experience, they can expand their portfolio to include riskier but potentially more rewarding stocks.
1. Invest in Companies That You Understand
An investor should know the company they are investing in and have an idea of what type of return they expect.
When you are starting out, it is best to invest in stocks of companies that are easy to understand and have a proven track record.
Do NOT invest in stocks based on the advice of friends, what you read in the news, or on a whim – these can be risky moves. Be wary of the popular stocks you can find on the Reddit Personal Finance threads.
2. Don’t Time the Market
In the world of investing, there is one rule that no investors should ever break: do not time the market.
By following this rule, you will always be on top of your investments and will be able to reap the rewards.
There are times to buy stocks and sell stocks. This is something you will learn when investing in a high-quality investing course.
As an average investor, trying to time the market will leave you frustrated by your minimal returns or great losses.
3. Avoid Penny Stocks
Penny stocks are the lowest-priced securities on the market, and they don’t offer any significant upside potential to their investors. While you may hit a home run return on some, many penny stocks tend to trend sideways.
The risk is not worth the return.
If you plan to invest in stocks, avoid penny stocks and focus on healthy companies.
4. Consider Buying Fractional Shares
Fractional share investing lets investors buy less than a full share at one time. Many times, you may not be able to afford the price of a full share.
For example, buying a share of Amazon (AMZN) may cost you upwards of $2800 or more. Thus, you can invest a smaller amount with a fractional share.
You would have to check if your brokerage company allows the purchase of fractional shares.
5. Stay the Course
In order to be successful, a trader must stay the course and maintain their focus. By staying focused, they will have less chance of making mistakes that may lead to big losses or overtrading.
When you’re starting out in the stock market, it’s important to be disciplined with your buying. Don’t try to time the market, because you’re likely to fail. Instead, buy shares over time and stay the course.
That way, you’ll be more likely to see a profit in the long run.
6. Avoid Emotional Trading
In order to be successful in the stock market, you have to maintain a level head.
Responding emotionally will only lead to bad decision making. Instead, stay the course and trust your research and analysis.
Know your weaknesses as well as your strengths.
7. Do Your Research
When you’re ready to start investing in the stock market, it is important to do your research so you can make informed decisions.
There are a lot of stocks to choose from, and it can be tempting to invest in them all.
But remember, you don’t want to spread yourself too thin. Invest in stocks that you believe in and that have a good chance of making you money.
8. Build Wealth
Stock market investing is one of the best ways to grow your money over time.
For long-term investing, you buy stocks in companies and hold them for a period of time, typically years. Over time, as the company grows and makes more money, so does your stock. This is one of the most common ways to build wealth over time.
The other way with short-term investing is to consistently take profit and grow your account over time.
Stock investing FAQs
Here is a list of the most common questions and answers on stock investing.
Q: What is the difference between investing and trading?
Trading is buying or selling financial products with the goal of making a profit. This is normally a day trader or swing trader.
Investing, on the other hand, refers to the process of putting money into an investment with the hope that it will grow. Someone who is focused on the long-term.
Q: Do you have to live in the U.S. to open a stock brokerage account?
No, you do not have to live in the U.S. to open a stock brokerage account. You must find a brokerage company in your area of residence abroad.
Q: How much money do I need to start investing?
The very common question of, “How much should you invest in stocks first time?”
It is recommended to start investing with $500 or more. However, you can start with Acorns with as little as $5.
Check out this investor’s story by starting with a small account of $500 and growing it over $35k in less than 6 months.
It is best to grow your account with your growth or profit.
Q: Do I have to pay taxes on the money I earn from stocks?
Yes, you will be required to pay taxes on the money you earn from stocks.
Q: What are the best stocks for beginners to invest in?
The best stocks for beginners to invest in are those that have a history of staying consistently on an uptrend. These companies’ stock prices have typically risen over the course of the year.
Find a list of beginning stocks to build your portfolio.
Q: How do beginners buy stocks?
Above, we outlined this in detail. In order to buy stocks, there are a few different steps that you should follow in order to maximize your chances of success.
The first step is making sure you have an account. Once you have an account, the next step is to decide which stocks you want to invest in. Then, you must buy your stock. Finally, you must decide when you want to sell your stock for a realized gain or loss.
Q: How many stocks should you own?
The best answer is it depends on your investing strategy.
As a short-term investor, you can only manage a smaller number of trades.
As a long-term investor, you need a more well-rounded portfolio. of15-25 stocks.
More likely than not, the short answer is “as many as you can afford.”
Q: What is the best thing to invest in as a beginner?
The best thing to invest in as a beginner is an index fund.
Indexes are great because they diversify across many different types of investments and don’t require much effort on the part of the investor to maintain. Index funds are also less risky than other investments, especially in the beginning stages of an individual’s investing career.
Q: How do we make money?
Traders make money in many ways. They can trade stocks, bonds, futures, and options on equities. They can go long when the market goes up and short when the market goes down.
Traders also use trading systems that are usually automated to manage the trades they make to maximize profit.
Trading is a risky investment and it’s not uncommon for traders to lose money. In order to keep losses small, many traders use the trading strategy based on minimizing risk in order to get the desired return.
Learn how fast you can make money in stocks.
Q: Why is Youtube Option Trading So Popular?
Video on how to trade options is very popular on Youtube. This is because of the high volume of interest on this topic.
For many people, learning options is an advanced strategy that takes more time and knowledge to learn.
This is my favorite youtube option trading channel as well as an overall investing strategy.
Additionally, traders are able to get a much higher return on motion trading versus going long or short on stocks.
Q: What is volume in stocks?
Volume is a measure of the number of shares traded in a given period, usually trading days.
This is an important metric if you plan to exit your trade to know there are enough buyers to buy your stock.
Q: How to invest in penny stocks for beginners?
Penny stocks are shares of a company that typically trade for less than $5 per share, which is also known as penny stock trading.
Investing in penny stocks can be a lot of fun and the highest risk, and there are many ways to get involved. For anyone who is new to the world of investing in penny stocks, it can be intimidating to know where to start.
However, there are a few things that you should keep in mind before diving into the world of penny stocks. One of these is researching what types of companies you want to invest in. Many of these penny stocks are not healthy companies and burning through cash.
It is important to always be careful when investing in penny stocks. Keep in mind that the risk of losing money is high and you should invest only what you are willing to lose.
Q: How to invest in stocks for beginners robinhood?
Robinhood is a stock brokerage company that allows users to invest in stocks without paying any fees. It also provides real-time quotes and charts. To invest, the user must have an account with Robinhood that holds at least $0.
Most major brokerage companies have zero commission fees on trading stocks as well.
Beware, Robinhood is known for stopping to trade various stocks during times of volatility whereas other’s brokers do not.
Q: What is a good price to buy at?
This is a hotly debated question as every investor sees the market from their view.
More often than not, people wonder the best time to buy stocks.
As such, you can read is now a good time to buy stocks?
Ready for Stock Market Investing?
If you are new to investing in stocks, there are a few things you take into consideration before diving into the market.
For starters, it is important to understand how stock markets work. You should also know the difference between a stock and an investment.
Investing in stocks can be a bit complicated, but this guide walked you through the basics of how to invest.
Before you invest in stocks, it is important that you understand your investment strategy. That way, you can make informed decisions about where to put your money and how much risk you are willing to take on.
Most people shy away from learning how to actively trade stocks because of the movies about Wall Street they have watched.
You will get a deeper understanding of investing in stocks the longer you educate yourself on the concept.
Overall, it is wise to diversify your portfolio and don’t put all your eggs in one basket.
So, what is your next move to start investing?
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The dividend payout ratio is the ratio of total dividends paid to shareholders relative to the net income of the company. Investors can use the dividend payout formula to gauge what fraction of a company’s net income they could receive in the form of dividends.
While a company will want to retain some earnings to reinvest or pay down debt, the extra profit may be paid out to investors as dividends. As such, investors will want a way to calculate what they can expect if they’re a shareholder.
Understanding Dividends and How They Work
Before calculating potential dividends, investors will want to familiarize themselves with what dividends are, exactly.
A dividend is when a company periodically gives its shareholders a payment in cash, or additional shares of stock, or property. The size of that dividend payment depends on the company’s dividend yield and how many shares you own.
Many investors look to buy stock in companies that pay them as a way to generate regular income in addition to stock price appreciation. A dividend investing strategy is one way many investors look to make money from stocks and build wealth.
Investors can take their dividend payments in cash or reinvest them into their stock holdings. Not all companies pay dividends, and those that do tend to be large, established companies with predictable profits — blue chip stocks, for example. If an investor owns a stock or fund that pays dividends, they can expect a regular payment from that company — typically, each quarter. Some companies may pay dividends more frequently.
Pros and Cons of Investing in Dividend Stocks
Since dividend income can help augment investing returns, investing in dividend stocks — or, stocks that tend to pay higher than average dividends — is popular among some investors. But engaging in a strategy of purchasing dividend stocks has its pros and cons.
As for the advantages, the most obvious is that investors will receive dividend payments and see bigger potential returns from their holdings. Those dividends, in addition to stock appreciation, allow for two potential ways to generate returns. Another benefit is that investors can set up their dividends to automatically reinvest, meaning that they’re holdings grow with no extra effort.
Potential drawbacks, however, are that dividend stocks may generate a higher tax burden, depending on the specific stocks. You’ll need to look more closely at whether your dividends are “ordinary” or “qualified,” and dig a little deeper into qualified dividend tax rates to get a better idea of what you might end up owing.
Also, stocks that pay higher dividends often don’t see as much appreciation as some other growth stocks — but investors do reap the benefit of a steady, if small, payout.
What Is the Dividend Payout Ratio?
The dividend payout ratio expresses the percentage of income that a company pays to shareholders. Ratios vary widely by company. Some may pay out all of their net income, while others may hang on to a portion to reinvest in the company or pay off debt.
Generally speaking, a healthy range for payout ratios is from 35% to 55%. There are certain circumstances in which a lower ratio might make sense for a company. For example, a relatively young company that plans to expand might reinvest a larger portion of its profits into growth.
How to Calculate a Dividend Payout
Calculating your potential dividend payout is fairly simple: It requires that you know the dividend payout ratio formula, and simply plug in some numbers.
Dividend Payout Ratio Formula
The simplest dividend payout ratio formula divides the total annual dividends by net income, or earnings, from the same period. The equation looks like this:
Dividend payout ratio = Dividends paid / Net income
Again, figuring out the payout ratio is only a matter of doing some plug-and-play with the appropriate figures.
Dividend Payout Ratio Calculation Example
Here’s an example of how to calculate dividend payout using the dividend payout ratio.
If a company reported net income of $120 million and paid out a total of $50 million in dividends, the dividend payout ratio would be $50 million/$120 million, or about 42%. That means that the company retained about 58% of its profits.
Or, to plug those numbers into the formula, it would look like this:
~42% = 50,000,000 / 120,000,000
An alternative dividend payout ratio calculation uses dividends per share and earnings per share as variables:
Dividend payout ratio = Dividends per share / Earnings per share
A third formula uses retention ratio, which tells us how much of a company’s profits are being retained for reinvestment, rather than paid out in dividends.
Dividend payout ratio = 1 – Retention ratio
You can determine the retention ratio with the following formula:
Retention ratio = (Net income – Dividends paid) / Net income
You can find figures including total dividends paid and a company’s net income in a company’s financial statements, such as its earnings report or annual report.
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Why Does the Dividend Payout Ratio Matter?
Dividend stocks often play an important part in individuals’ investment strategies. As noted, dividends are one of the primary ways stock holdings earn money — investors also earn money on stocks by selling holdings that have appreciated in value.
Investors may choose to automatically reinvest the dividends they do earn, increasing the size of their holdings, and therefore, potentially earning even more dividends over time. This can often be done through a dividend reinvestment plan.
But it’s important to be able to know what the ratio results are telling you so that you can make wise decisions related to your investments.
Interpreting Dividend Payout Ratio Results
Learning how to calculate dividend payout and use the payout ratio is one thing. But what does it all mean? What is it telling you?
On a basic level, the dividend payout ratio can help investors gain insight into the health of dividend stocks. For instance, a higher ratio indicates that a company is paying out more of its profits in dividends, and this may be a sign that it is established, or not necessarily looking to expand in the near future. It may also indicate that a company isn’t investing enough in its own growth.
Lower ratios may mean a company is retaining a higher percentage of its earnings to expand its operations or fund research and development, for example. These stocks may still be a good bet, since these activities may help drive up share price or lead to large dividends in the future.
Paying attention to trends in dividend payout ratios can help you determine a dividend’s sustainability — or, the likelihood a company will continue to pay dividends of a certain size in the future. For example, a steadily rising dividend payout ratio could indicate that a company is on a stable path, while a sudden jump to a higher payout ratio might be harder for a company to sustain.
That’s knowledge that may be put to use when trying to manage your portfolio.
It’s also worth noting that there can be dividend payout ratios that are more than 100%. That means the company is paying out more money in dividends than it is earning — something no company can do for very long. While they may ride out a bad year, they may also have to lower their dividends, or suspend them entirely, if this trend continues.
Dividend Payout Ratio vs Dividend Yield
The dividend yield is the ratio of a stock’s dividend per share to the stock’s current price:
Dividend yield = Annual dividend per share/Current stock price
As an example, if a stock costs $100 and pays an annual dividend of $7 the dividend yield will be $7/$100, or 7%.
Like the dividend payout ratio, dividend yield is a metric investors can use when comparing stocks to understand the health of a company. For example, high dividend yields might be a result of a quickly dropping share price, which may indicate that a stock is in trouble. Dividend yield can also help investors understand whether a stock is valued well and whether it will meet the investor’s income needs or fit with their overall investing strategy.
Dividend Payout Ratio vs Retention Ratio
As discussed, the retention ratio tells investors how much of a company’s profits are being retained to be reinvested, rather than used to pay investors dividends. The formula looks like this:
Retention ratio = (Net income – Dividends paid) / Net income
If we use the same numbers from our initial example, the formula would look like this:
~58% = (120,000,000 – 50,000,000) / 120,000,000
This can be used much in the same way that the dividend payout ratio can, as it calculates the other side of the equation — how much a company is retaining, rather than paying out. In other words, if you can find one, you can easily find the other.
The dividend payout ratio is a calculation that tells investors how much a company pays out in dividends to investors. Since dividend stocks can be an important component of an investment strategy, this can be useful information to investors who are trying to fine-tune their strategies, especially since different types of dividends have different tax implications.
In addition, the dividend payout ratio can help investors evaluate stocks that pay dividends, often providing clues about company health and long-term sustainability. It’s different from other ratios, like the retention ratio or the dividend yield.
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Are dividends taxed?
Yes, dividends are taxed, as the IRS considers them a form of income. There may be some slight differences in how they’re taxed, but even if you reinvest your dividend income back into a company, you’ll still generate a tax liability by receiving dividend income.
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There’s no question that buying a home is a lofty new year’s resolution—it’s certainly more intense than “drink more water” or “keep a journal.” So how do you start the process of buying a home in the new year?
Step One: Understand WHY you want to buy a home
Purchasing a home is a monumental step in anyone’s life, and it’s important to devote plenty of time and thought to the decision. Ask yourself the necessary questions: why do I want to buy a house? Am I in a suitable financial position to buy a home? How long do I plan to live in this home? For the most part, these questions aim to help you answer more general questions, like “can I buy a home right now?” and “should I buy a home right now?”
Step Two: Check and strengthen your credit
Your credit plays a massive role in your loan eligibility—some home loans are only available for borrowers with a certain credit score range. Be sure to keep an eye on your credit score, and remember you can always improve it!
Implementing healthy spending habits, like paying your bills on time, saving up money whenever you can, and avoiding racking up credit card debt, can work wonders. Keep in mind, you won’t see changes in your credit score overnight—credit reports typically update every 30 to 45 days.
Total Mortgage always offers educational resources to our clients—check out the video below for some credit tips!
Step Three: Check your DTI
Your debt-to-income ratio, technically speaking, is all of your monthly debt payments divided by your gross monthly income—that is, the percentage of your gross monthly income that goes towards payments for rent, mortgage, credit cards, and other debt. This is how lenders measure your ability to manage the monthly mortgage payments to repay the money you’ll be borrowing.
To calculate your debt-to-income ratio, add up your monthly debts—this includes car payments, credit cards, mortgages, and student loans. Divide this amount by your monthly gross income, and you’ll get your DTI ratio.
For reference, the standard maximum DTI for conventional loans is 45%, and for FHA loans it’s 55%. Of course, the maximum DTI depends on the home loan.
Step Four: Start saving for a down payment
The down payment requirement on a mortgage can end up costing a considerable chunk of change, so it’s always beneficial to start saving as soon as you can. Down payment requirements can be as low as 3%, or as high as 20%, depending on the mortgage. Making a larger down payment has its advantages—usually you’ll have more mortgage options, a smaller monthly payment, and a lower interest rate.
Always factor your closing costs into your budget. While closing costs will vary depending on the home, it’s a good idea to plan for a fee of 3% to 6% of the home’s value.
If you’re looking for a creative way to save up money, try the 52-week savings challenge! To take part in the challenge, you should deposit an increasing amount of money each week for one year. The amount corresponds with the week number (i.e., on week one put away $1, week two put away $2, and so on). It’s not too late to start—even if you start on week 6, you’ll still end up with over $1,300.
Step Five: Determine your housing budget
One of the most important parts of the home-buying process is determining how much house you can afford. Homeownership comes with several costs that you didn’t need to pay as a renter. In addition to your monthly mortgage payment, you’ll need to pay property taxes and maintain some form of homeowners insurance. Factor these expenses into your household budget when determining how much house you can afford.
Step Six: Speak to a mortgage professional
By far the best way to determine if you’re ready to buy a home is to speak with a mortgage professional. They can walk you through the home-buying process, and give you an overview of the various home loan options.
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It’s normal to feel a little overwhelmed by the home-buying process, but if you think you’re truly ready, don’t let yourself be discouraged! Your loan officer will guide you through each step, setting you up for success as a homeowner.
KrowdFit is a digital wellness engagement platform that makes it possible to earn cash-back rewards when you use its app to track activities like steps, sleep and meals. The company also offers the $0-annual-fee KrowdFit Wellness Rewards Mastercard, which can help improve your financial fitness when you spend on self-care.
Cardholders can earn an impressive and uncapped 4% cash back on an expansive list of eligible “health, wellness, medical and lifestyle partners” — including Walmart and Target — in addition to 2% back on grocery purchases and 1% back everywhere else. Better yet, those rewards are issued instantly, so you won’t have to wait until the end of your billing cycle to redeem them.
According to a KrowdFit representative, you’ll need a FICO score above 650 to qualify for the card, which comes with a virtual card number for immediate use upon approval.
Here are five things to know about the KrowdFit credit card.
1. Earn outsized cash back on wellness purchases and more
The KrowdFit Card offers 2% cash back at grocery stores (excluding membership stores like Costco) and 1% cash back on all other purchases. While those rates are unspectacular, the card stands out thanks to the breadth of categories that qualify for its stellar 4% rate. Some of those categories include:
Food: Restaurants, specialty markets and “miscellaneous” food stores.
Health care: Medical and dental providers, health insurance and drugstores.
Wellness: Massage parlors, spa services, and health and beauty shops.
Clothing: Family clothing stores, sports apparel and shoe stores.
Outdoor activities: Public and private golf courses, country clubs, and sporting and recreational camps.
Transportation: Including boat, motorcycle and snowmobile dealers.
Discount stores: Including Walmart, Target and others.
As of this writing, more than 30 merchant category codes (MCC) qualify for 4% cash back — a massive number for a no-annual-fee card that doesn’t require active management, such as tracking a bonus calendar or opting into bonus categories.
Also, if you make a purchase that you think should qualify for bonus cash back and it doesn’t, you can request to have the MCC code added to KrowdFit’s list.
2. Get one year of KrowdFit Premium and extra cash giveaway entries
Like many apps, KrowdFit has two versions: a free one with advertisements, and a premium one without the ads that promises a few additional perks. Cardholders will receive a one-year complimentary membership to KrowdFit Premium, normally $1.99 per month.
To incentivize healthy living and activity, KrowdFit offers cash giveaways that are paid out Monday, Wednesday and Friday of every week, in addition to a $5,000 physical activity cash giveaway on the first day of every month. The more you use the app to track things like sleep, diet and activity, the more entries you get.
3. See your credit line and interest rate before the hard pull
When you apply for a credit card, the issuer will typically conduct a hard inquiry to determine your creditworthiness. That inquiry can often lead to a temporary decrease in your credit scores, even though it’s generally conducted before you know what credit limit and interest rate you’re being offered.
But the KrowdFit card lets you see whether you’ll be approved — including the credit limit and interest rate — before you receive a hard pull. That way you know exactly what you’re being offered and whether it’s worth the impact to your credit scores. A hard pull is conducted only after you accept the offer.
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4. Receive an instant virtual card number
Once you accept the credit line and interest rate provided through the preapproval process, you’ll immediately receive a virtual card number. This number gives you instant access to your credit line and can be added to your virtual wallet or used online for purchases.
Once you receive the physical card in the mail, simply replace your virtual card number with the number on the front of your card.
5. There’s no sign-up bonus
The ongoing rewards structure for the KrowdFit card is solid, but the card lacks something other no-annual fee cards offer — a sign-up bonus. Whether you’re looking for cash back or travel miles, a sign-up bonus is the easiest way to pile up rewards.
The Wells Fargo Autograph℠ Card card has a $0 annual fee and offers the following sign-up bonus: Earn 20,000 bonus points when you spend $1,000 in purchases in the first 3 months – that’s a $200 cash redemption value. You’ll also earn 3 points per $1 spent on travel, dining, gas, public transportation, streaming services and phone plans.
Or there’s the Chase Freedom Flex℠, which also has a $0 annual fee and features the following sign-up bonus: Earn a $200 Bonus after you spend $500 on purchases in your first 3 months from account opening. In addition, you’ll earn 5% cash back on up to $1,500 in combined purchases in bonus categories you activate each quarter; 5% back on travel purchased through the Chase Ultimate Rewards portal; and 3% back on dining and drugstore purchases. All other nonbonus-category purchases earn 1% back.