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Hey motleybaluga,

My 2 cents:

I think the real issue here is the mindset-- you're looking at things backwards. You don't want to start off by saying "I want X number of shares of [COMPANY] in my portfolio," you want to think "what percentage of my portfolio do I want [COMPANY] to make up," and allocate your dollars proportionately (i.e., $5 of $100 would be a 5% position.)

Fractional shares are a wonderful way to diversify your portfolio in the beginning if you only have a few dollars to invest. You can build that portfolio of 15-25 stocks (possibly alongside some ETFs) without being forced to buy whole shares. Don't think of it as "Oh, I ONLY own $5 of Microsoft," think "Microsoft is 5% of my portfolio." Everywhere from Robinhood to Fidelity has the ability to do fractional, commissionless trading nowadays, so look around! :)

Motley Fool's "The Ascent" has brokerage rankings here, if you're interested; https://www.fool.com/the-ascent/buying-stocks/

Fool on!

CMFJoeFoolery

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