I was this old when I first started investing

My first re-enlistment in Kuwait

The year was 2011. I arrived at Fort Benning, Georgia from Fort Huachuca, Arizona. I was at Fort Huachuca as my first duty station and I was coming on my second year in the United States Army.  My mother and I took a week and a half road trip exploring various places before my arrival to the new duty station. This traveling cross country was an amazing experience before the training was to begin at Fort Benning.

 I arrived at Fort Benning, Georgia on October 2011 and left the United States around the Summer of 2012 to Kuwait. During my time in Kuwait, I was making around $2500 USD per month tax free. I had a car note that was in the several thousands of dollars as the only debt I had. I don’t remember exactly what the dollar amount was, but on the 6th month of my deployment, I was able to finish paying it off putting as much money towards it as possible. I had about 3 more months left of my deployment, so I wanted to take advantage of the extra money as possible. This was the turning point of my life where I started to invest after my debts were paid.

I started to put money aggressively into my Roth IRA account and have extra cash. It was at this time I barely started investing in mutual funds and didn’t make my first stock picks until 2013. I had always used USAA bank to do these. Back then, we didn’t have investing apps nor was it really heard of. I had an extremely limited understanding of the stock market, but I knew I had to get invested somehow. Around 2013, I started buying stocks from companies that I believed were strong and going to be around for a while. As time went on, I started investing more of my salary into the stock market. There wasn’t such a thing as fractional shares or buying stocks for $5 stocks had to be purchased at full price. 

In conclusion, my advice to anyone, especially those who are starting out their lives, I highly recommend them to learn about money and invest as aggressively as possible. The sooner you grasp these simple concepts, the easier life will be and you can possibly leave a legacy to someone. I was 23 years old when I first started investing and learning about money. I wish I would’ve learned it in my teens, but I didn’t really know how too. Even when you did master the basics of money, you must still retrain and learn new information. It is a never-ending process! If you’re interested in stock investing, I recommend Robinhood. With Robinhood, you can buy stocks and cryptocurrency for as low as $1! With these two options, you can expand your portfolio.

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