Note: Loyal3 is closing down in May 2017. Therefore, this platform will no longer be available. It will be a good idea to choose another brokerage.
As I wrote in my last post, passive income is the best income. One of the best ways to get passive income that I noted in that article was through dividend stocks. These stocks are issued by companies who have created enough income and built up enough equity through their business operations to return some of the profits to those who invest in their endeavors. While reading up on dividend growth investing over the past few weeks, I stumbled upon recommendations for a website that allowed for fee-free investing. This site Loyal3.com allows investors to put in as little as $10 toward a number of quality stocks–without having to pay any commissions. I was intrigued to say the least.
I have some money that I’ve had laying that’s come from birthday and Christmas gifts over the last few years, so I decided to open an account and put it to work because it’s basically been earning nothing. I decided to buy $100 worth of WalMart stock last week to see how the site worked. The transaction went through today, and that $100 investment bought me 1.398 shares of ownership in Wally World. WalMart currently pays an annual dividend of $1.96 per share, which is split into four quarterly payments, so this will give me about $2.70 in dividend income over the next year. I chose WalMart because it’s the biggest retailer in the world, it makes lots of money, it pays a solid dividend that’s increased every year for around four decades, and it trades at a relatively low price-to-earnings ratio. As this went through pretty easily, I have decided to buy some more stocks on Loyal3 with the funds that I have available.
The Loyal3 site is pretty easy to navigate, and it only took a few minutes to go from creating an account to linking a bank account and telling the site what to purchase. The transfer of funds from my bank took from Saturday to Tuesday, and the purchase went through on Tuesday morning. The site only makes purchases in a couple of batches each day, so this is something to consider if you’re looking to purchase at a specific price as you can’t totally control the purchase price. I chose this “broker” because most other low-cost brokers are quite expensive if you don’t have a fairly large sum to invest. For example, I considered TradeKing with its $4.95 fee per trade, but for a $100 investment, I’d be starting about 5 percent in the hole before the stock moved up or down at all. It would take a purchase of $500 to make TradeKing or Scott Trade worth it, in my estimation. If I get a good nest egg going, I’ll probably open an account with one of these sites to further diversify without paying heavy fees. With Loyal3, I can buy fractional shares for as little as a $10 investment and it costs me nothing, as most well-established stocks are not going to shift in price by 5 percent on the vast majority of days.
There are some negatives that come with the Loyal3 platform. One is the afforementioned fact that the site utilizes batch trading, rather than up-to-the-minute trades. This can lead to some fluctuations in price, but as noted above, I don’t think that’s going to wipe out any advantage gained by avoiding paying a fee on a smallish trade, at least the vast majority of the time. Another negative is the fact that the site only has a relationship with slightly more than 60 companies, but some of these are among the biggest names around. Included are stocks like: WalMart, Apple Computer, Intel, Microsoft, Coca-Cola, Kellogg’s, PepsiCo, and others. Each of these pay a good dividend that’s grown in recent years (sometimes for decades straight). Energy and healthcare companies are not get included.
However, for my current level of investment ability, I think that the Loyal3 platform should work well for my purposes. I plan to spend the rest of the money I have available, purchase additional shares with some other passive income, and then reinvest any dividends that I get. The goal is to increase dividend income year-over-year to where I have a nice cash flow supplement when it comes time to retire. Dividends are definitely passive income, and WalMart is active in many countries around the globe, so this company is literally providing income (albeit a very small amount at the moment) while I’m in bed, which is one of the best ways to earn money in pajamas.
Disclaimer: I am not an investment professional. Therefore, this article is intended only for entertainment/informational purposes and is not an actual recommendation to buy any specific security. Stocks go up and down, and investors can and do lose money.