Have you ever wanted to purchase a share of a stock in a big company, only to realize a share costs thousands of dollars and you can’t even afford one? *cough* Amazon *cough*

Or what about when you receive dividend payments into your portfolio, what if they could just buy small portions of a share to make things convenient for investors?

Well, fractional shares can help with all of that.

What are fractional shares?

When you buy a share of a stock, you’re buying a small portion of a company.

A fractional share is just a split up share of a stock, just like the name suggests.

If a share of a stock is worth $20, and you invest $10 into it, you’ll have roughly .5 shares. It’s very straightforward.

Splitting up stock shares allows people to afford a variety of different stocks, and also allows investors to save time while calculating their investments.

Rebalancing your portfolio properly can be annoying without help from a robo-advisor, and without fractional shares it just gets worse.

 

fractional share example

Fractional shares and Dividend Re-Investment Plans

Fractional shares work great when paired with a Dividend Re-Investment Plan because often dividend payments aren’t large enough to be able to afford a full share of stock.

To avoid having to wait months for your dividends to add up until you can afford to buy another share, fractional shares and DRIPs will allow you to immediately, and automatically, re-invest your dividends, making the process much more convenient and passive.

As you can see here in our Stash portfolio, our $.47 dividend was used to automatically purchase .01040 shares of KO as soon as the dividend was issued.

This allows us to build up shares automatically over time, instead of having to manage the money or let it sit there depreciating.

Fractional shares FAQ

Are fractional shares worth it?

Fractional shares are just as worth it, or not worth it, as buying full shares of a stock. Whether or not it’s “worth it” depends on other factors, like picking the right investments.

Who offers fractional shares?

Not all brokerages have begun offering fractional shares, but luckily, they are becoming more and more common in the fintech industry.

Here’s a list of some investing apps that offer fractional shares, in no particular order:

These aren’t all the apps or investing platforms out there that offer fractional shares, but these are the ones we have tried so far and reviewed.

Best investing app with fractional shares

While “the best investing app” depends on your situation, we have already written up a list of the top investing apps that offer fractional shares, so check that out here.

Can partial shares become whole shares?

Yes! When your fractional shares grow and become a whole number, the share of stock will act as either a fractional share OR a regular share when you try to sell it, which makes it really convenient.

When will fractional shares be available on Robinhood

The long and annoying waitlist is now gone and fractional shares are on Robinhood!

Before Robinhood added fractional shares and a Dividend Re-Investment Plan, it was a pretty poor investing app, but the devs have been working hard and Robinhood is starting to be a competitor in the fintech space.

Which fractional shares should I buy?

That’s not really how it works.

Fractional shares just make it more convenient to buy stocks, but you still need to figure out which stocks to buy on your own.

We aren’t financial advisors so we can’t tell you what to invest in, but you could always try learning more about the stock market!

Did we miss anything important about fractional shares?

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