In the video below, I answer a question that came from Melissa on Facebook: “What is the minimum number of shares I can buy in a stock?” My take? The number of shares isn’t what matters; it’s about the amount allocated. When investing in small increments, though, there are a few things to keep in mind, including discount brokerage minimums, trading commissions, or low- or no-fee plans like a direct stock purchase program. 

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