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Jul 13, 2020

How Stash Chooses Its Stocks and Funds

By Mindy Yu

Our investment committee researches funds, stocks, and other investment choices.

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Getting Started

It is never too late to start investing, and it is certainly never too early. 

The market often presents an opportunity to invest and it is exciting to watch how it moves and how the companies you have selected perform. Especially in times of volatility, when the stock market moves all over the place, there is a tendency to follow social media investing ideas for comfort. There is also a resurgence in day trading, people who speculate. They make bets on where they think the stock market is going during the day, therefore they move in and out of their stock positions in efforts to make quick returns. 

This is not the Stash Way, our investing philosophy that emphasizes regular investing over the long term.  Remember what they say, “Good things come to those who wait.” As you start thinking about your financial future, Stash wants to guide you every step of the way. 

Here’s how.

How we choose investments

First off, Stash is a fiduciary. This means that Stash is always looking out for your best interest as we provide you with investment options. As a fiduciary, we do our best to help guide you to make the best investment decisions possible. That explains why some of the investments you’re looking for may not be available on the Stash App.

Our Investment Committee here at Stash prescreens investments before adding them to the platform. We look for certain qualities in the investments in an effort to lower some of the potential risks that you may experience in the market and to help you diversify your portfolio. 

To name a few, we review qualities such as the market capitalization, trading volume, and more to assess the risk of stocks. For exchange traded funds (ETFs), we review the investment strategy, underlying exposure of the fund, assets under management, expense ratio, volatility, and much more. Think of it as going to the grocery store to buy apples. You examine the exterior of the apple to lessen the risk that the inside of the apple may be rotten. This is what the Investment Committee aims to do, and this is why you may not see some names on the Stash App.

The Stash Way

Although it may be tempting to find names that have that quick moment of satisfaction seeing the price jump rapidly, it may be possible that just as quickly as you see the stock price go up, it may go down. Think of the volatility from past crises such as the Dotcom Bubble, the 2008 Financial Crisis, and the 2020 Pandemic. Don’t attempt to time the market, but try to maximize your time in the market.

As you invest, always remember our investing philosophy, the Stash Way. Think long- term, invest regularly, and diversify. Historically, we’ve seen the market move up and down however the trend is always upwards. If you think of what happens in the long-term, you will understand to not react to any short-term volatility. Stay the course and allow the power of compounding to help you grow your investments. Invest regularly to remove the emotional aspect of trying to time the market and having to think about when is a good time to invest. It allows you to subconsciously build the habit of investing for your financial future. Lastly, it is important to diversify. Don’t expose your financial well-being to volatility by putting all your money into one stock. Spread your money in different companies, industries, different investment vehicles such as ETFs, and asset classes to avoid the risk of putting all your eggs in one basket. 

Remember, all investing involves risk, and you can always lose money on your investments. Understand your financial situation and investment objectives before investing. Stash is here to help you make educated decisions to help you make financial progress. 

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Written by

Mindy Yu

Mindy Yu is the director of investments at Stash and a member of its investment committee.


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