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Fractional Shares, Simplified

Fractional Shares, Simplified

May 03, 2023

Are the stocks you’re interested in buying more than you want to pay? You do have the option to buy a portion of a stock, rather than the whole thing. Fractional shares are “pieces” of a single stock. These are also known as stock slices, portions, or slivers. Fractional shares allow individuals to purchase stocks using dollar amounts rather than number of shares. Fractional shares result from the following:

Dividend Reinvestments

Depending on corporate profits, shareholders might receive stock dividends. They can accept these in cash or reinvest them in more stock through a dividend reinvestment plan (DRIP). DRIPs often create fractional shares.

Stock Splits

When a company splits its stock, investors receive more shares, based on a ratio. For instance, a 3:2 stock split gives an investor three extra shares for every two shares owned. But this isn’t always a round number and can lead to fractional shares.

Mergers and Acquisitions

Stock is traded when companies merge or are acquired. Such exchanges might be based on a trade ratio. For instance, five shares of Company A might be traded for three shares of Company B, a process that often creates fractional shares.

Fractional Share Purchase Programs

Some brokerages offer clients the ability to purchase fractional shares of certain stocks.

Fractional shares allow those who are just starting out to build their portfolios by investing a specific amount of money in stocks. However, not all stocks come in fractional shares. It’s also important to note that in some cases there could be less demand for your fractional shares when it comes time to sell, and certain brokers might charge a fee for each fractional share transaction.

As we work together to continue building on your investment strategy and discuss which investments might be best for you, fractional shares may be a good option. Let's schedule a call to talk.

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