Hey there, big shot. You’re

officially a Stasher—congrats!

Let’s keep the momentum going. This quick and easy guide breaks down the basics of what’s next–minus the Wall Street lingo–so you can get up and running in no time.

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Q: What are the investments?

A: As a Stasher, you’ve got options on options. You can invest in Exchange-Traded Funds (ETFs), which are themed groups of individual stocks and/or bonds bundled into one fund. We gave them simple nicknames so it’s easier to find out what makes each unique. If there’s a certain company that you really believe in, you can invest in single stocks as well. And if your favorite company’s share price is giving you sticker shock, don’t stress-- fractional shares allow you to purchase whatever you can afford.

Q: Which investment should I choose first?

A: Each investor is unique—that’s why when you first sign up, you answer questions that determine your customized risk profile. Whether your risk level is conservative, moderate, or aggressive, we recommend that you choose a first investment that matches it. You can also consult Stash Coach, a personalized advisor that helps guide you to becoming a smarter investor.

Q: How often should I invest?

A: We're optimists ourselves, but getting rich off a single $5 investment is pretty unlikely. We recommend setting up Auto-Stash to invest for you regularly, so you're less tempted to spend that money on something less important. Like avocado toast.

Q: How much should I invest?

A: No money? No problem. Even adding just $5 or $10 a week is an excellent way to get your feet wet while taking advantage of compounding. It can add up fast—and as you earn more, you can bump up your contributions.

Q: Isn’t investing about buying and selling?

A: Time passes. Seasons change. Markets swing up and down... And you probably shouldn't trade in a blind panic every time they do. Stash is all about playing the long game, as holding onto your investments can yield better results over time. Selling is always an option, but doing so "in a frenzy" usually isn't the best way to go about it.

Q: What if I need more help?

A: On the bench but dreaming of varsity? Stash Coach can help you become an investing champion. Customized to your risk profile, Stash Coach is a personalized coach for your account that sets challenges, provides recommendations and feedback, and helps you understand what you should be doing next.

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Q: Ok… now what?

A: Buy a yacht! Just kidding. Build your portfolio by adding to your Stash. Boost your investing confidence with help from Stash Coach and weekly content from Stash Learn. And lastly, keep an eye out for exciting new Stash products as they launch!

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You’re ready to keep Stashing.