# How Much Money Should You Invest in Stocks?

## Get started investing with just $5.

When young professionals first start investing in the stock market, there are two types of “how much money” questions that come up:

**How much money do I need to start investing in stocks?****How much money should I invest in stocks?**

These are two very different questions.

*“How much money do I need to start investing in stocks?”* is about the minimum necessary to get started investing.

Whereas, *“How much money should I invest in stocks?”* is about how much of your personal savings should you allocate to stock market investing.

Let’s tackle each of them.

# How Much Money Do I Need to Start Investing in Stocks?

**Technically, there’s no minimum amount of money needed to start investing in stocks. But you probably need at least $200 — $1,000 to really get started right.**

Most brokerages have no minimums to open an account and get started buying stocks. So theoretically, you could open an account today with just $1.

That said, there are three factors that set a natural floor on how little money you can start investing with. In general, you…