2-Minute Money Manager: Should I Join an Investment Club?

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Welcome to the 2-Minute Money Manager, a short video feature answering money questions submitted by readers and viewers.

Today’s question is about joining the club; specifically, an investment club.

I’ve done a few TV news stories over the years on investment clubs, and every time I’ve visited one, I’ve left impressed. While I can’t claim firsthand membership experience, they sure seem like a great way to pool intellectual, financial and social resources. In short, a potentially cool way to make both friends and money.

Watch the following video, and you’ll pick up some valuable info. Or, if you prefer, scroll down to read the full transcript and find out what I said.

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Don’t want to watch? Here’s what I said in the video

Hello, everyone, and welcome to your 2-Minute Money Manager. I’m your host, Stacy Johnson. This answer’s brought to you by MoneyTalksNews.com, serving up the best in personal finance news and advice since 1991.

Let’s get right to today’s question. It comes to us from Mark, and it’s a short one:

“Should I join an investment club?”

Here are three things to know.

Thing No. 1: What’s an investment club?

It’s simply a bunch of people who get together, pool their money and knowledge, pick stocks and share profits. I’ve covered several of these as a TV news reporter, and my impression of them invariably has been favorable.

After scoping out a club and deciding if it’s a good fit, you can decide to join. Then, you’ll get together periodically, typically monthly. There’s no set number of people; it could be just a few, it could be 10 or more.

Traditionally, clubs meet in person, although there’s no law against doing it all online. You put in an agreed-upon amount, maybe $50 or $100 a month. Then, when you get together, you cover the fundamentals of investing and come up with ideas. After learning the ropes, you’ll pitch a stock idea of your own and listen to pitches from other members. After ideas are pitched, they’re critiqued, then voted on. If it passes muster, it gets invested in.

Thing No. 2: Finding an investment club

When looking for a club, check out the National Association of Investors Corp., or NAIC. To do that, visit Betterinvesting.org. Here, you can search and see if there’s already a club near you looking for members. You’ll also find lots of information on how clubs work, including how to set one up yourself. Joining NAIC costs about $100 a year, but you can go to Betterinvesting.org and get lots of great info without paying a dime.

Thing No. 3: Gain knowledge, then take it home

One of the coolest things about an investment club is that you can take the knowledge you learn there and apply it to your personal investments outside the club. Maybe you’re investing $50 monthly within the club, but you can take what you learn there and invest $500 outside the club.

Bottom line? Investment clubs are a super way to learn how to analyze and buy stocks. They’re also a great way to expand your circle of friends. If you’re interested in investing, see if there’s a club near you, or maybe even start one yourself. And if you’d like more info on investing, you’ll find it at MoneyTalksNews.com. Just do a search for “investing.”

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I founded Money Talks News in 1991. I’m a CPA, and have also earned licenses in stocks, commodities, options principal, mutual funds, life insurance, securities supervisor and real estate.

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