One excellent way to handle the indecision is to find an online broker that offers automatic investing.
When you auto-invest, you contribute money to your account at specific intervals without any effort on your part. You set it and forget it.
The funds may be contributed through regular, automatic withdrawals from your bank account.
You can use auto-invest within parameters you set, such as having withdrawals done weekly, twice monthly, or even once a month.
In addition to using online apps to do this, an employer might also offer automatic investment plans to their employees in which a percentage of their incomes is automatically contributed to retirement accounts such as 401(k) accounts.
If this is available to you, take advantage of it!
M1 Finance offers auto-investing. It is the most frequently used option by M1 Users.
With auto-invest on, any time your cash balance meets or exceeds $25, M1 will automatically invest your cash balance into your portfolio. All you will need to do to get into this is turn auto-invest on and set your minimum cash balance to $0.
If you want to invest manually, you can turn this off at any time.
Example 1: If your set minimum is $0, M1 will initiate trading whenever your cash balance reaches or exceeds $25. They will invest all your cash, so $0 will remain in your cash balance.
Example 2: If your set minimum is $1,000, M1 will trade whenever your cash balance reaches or exceeds $1,025. They will invest all cash in excess of $1,000, and $1,000 will remain in your cash balance.
If you select this option, M1 will not automatically invest your cash. Instead, deposits from your bank and paid dividends will accrue as cash in your account.
To select this option, turn Auto-Invest off.
With Auto-Investing off, you can use the cash in your account to arrange buy orders for fractional investments or whole individual securities.
Automated reinvestment of dividends allows you to earn compound interest, so most experts recommend it.