47 0 0 0 13 6. Q: I’ve never bought is now the time to invest in stocks before and would like to start.
Can I purchase shares without a broker and how would I do this? David Geibel, a wealth advisor with Girard Partners in King of Prussia, Penn. Before you go too far down this path, however, you need to think about what you hope to achieve by owning equities. If your goal is to save for retirement or fund your child’s college education, don’t buy stocks a la carte. If it goes poorly, you may never invest again. Conversely, if you get lucky, you may get a false sense of ability, setting you up for bigger losses down the road. Over the long run, your odds of success are much better if you invest in a diversified portfolio of stocks, via a low-cost mutual fund or an exchange-traded fund.