How to Start Investing or Buying Crypto with Little Money

Written by Banks Editorial Team
3 min. read
Written by Banks Editorial Team
3 min. read

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When you read stories about the stock market soaring and Bitcoin selling for $40,000 a coin, it’s easy to feel the Fear of Missing Out. A healthy fear of losing the money you can’t afford to lose might balance out the FOMO. Somewhere in the middle, you can assess whether you are ready to start investing in stocks or buying crypto, hoping for the chance to make your money work for you.

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How to Start Investing or Buying Crypto with Little Money: The First Steps

You don’t need a lot of money to begin the investment journey — no minimum balance is required for an Investment Account, and you can start buying crypto for as little as $1 per transaction. But it’s smart to only invest with money that you can put aside after meeting all your expenses — including saving for an emergency or a vacation. You will hear that investing in the stock market, for example, involves a certain amount of risk, which means you could lose your investment. Stock purchases in large companies with a long history of making profits are usually — but not always — less risky because they are expected to continue having success. You could also invest in federal treasury bonds, which are backed by the US government and considered extremely safe. But the interest rate on those bonds usually won’t match the rate of growth of stock in a healthy but riskier company.

Understanding your finances and your ability to invest is key to knowing how much you can afford. If you decide you have the money to invest or if you are interested in buying crypto, MoneyLion (2) offers options to get you started. We’ll take a look at these and others in this article.

1. Prioritize Your Needs 

If your employer offers a 401(k), think strongly about enrolling. A 401(k) lets you put money away toward retirement with pre-tax earnings. So if you put $1,000 of your salary into the 401(k), it won’t be taxed until you take it out (hopefully after you retire). That lowers your tax bill and can get you started in building your savings. You can usually choose what kinds of stocks, bonds or other investments your money will go into. The organization AARP, which is a US-based interest group focusing on issues affecting those over the age of 50, provides this chart to show how one employee benefits by putting money away over several years.

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2. An Investment Account Offers Options

Once you have concluded that you can afford to start investing, check out the MoneyLion Investment Account (1) . It’s a fully managed, diversified core portfolio, and you can add portfolio themes as you choose. You can adjust how much you invest in your core portfolio model vs. your portfolio themes at any time. And with MoneyLion (2) , you can keep track of it all in a single investment account.

3. Curious About MoneyLion Crypto (3) ?

MoneyLion Crypto powered by Zero Hash (3) is an easy way to buy, sell, and hold cryptocurrency. Whether you’re a crypto newbie or a seasoned crypto investor, MoneyLion Crypto (3) provides access to popular cryptocurrencies — Ethereum, Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, and Litecoin. You can start by signing up for a $1/month RoarMoney account.

4. Auto Invest keeps your investments and purchases going

MoneyLion (2) offers Auto Invest, which allows you to regularly put money into an investment account or buy crypto. Auto Invest lets you decide how much to invest in your accounts each month, as well as the frequency of the deposit. The money automatically goes toward the purchase of the ETFs or crypto that you choose.

Auto Invest is an easy way for you to build up your MoneyLion Crypto (3) or MoneyLion Investment Account (1) portfolios. It allows you to put your crypto purchases on autopilot with dollar-cost averaging, and you can turn it off or adjust it anytime. Auto Invest works in a similar way to your MoneyLion Investment Account (1) , but your regular purchases are in ETFs that match your portfolio and theme choices.

5. Round Up your spare change

A feature called RoundUps (4) lets you round-up every eligible purchase made with a linked credit or debit card, including a MoneyLion Debit Mastercard® or a RoarMoneySM virtual card, and put the spare change in your investment or crypto account. When you make a qualified purchase, MoneyLion rounds up your transaction to the nearest dollar. You can choose whether you want those funds to be invested into a MoneyLion Investment Account (1) or used to purchase Bitcoin.

You’ve Taken the First Steps. Now What?

After downloading the MoneyLion app and signing up for a MoneyLion Investment Account (1) or MoneyLion Crypto (3) , make sure you check out the other products and features. MoneyLion (2) makes it easy to bank, borrow, invest, and grow all in one place. (*)

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MoneyLion is a financial technology company, not a bank. RoarMoney℠ demand deposit account provided by, and MoneyLion Debit Mastercard® issued by, MetaBank®, National Association, Member FDIC. RoarMoney is a service mark of MoneyLion.  Mastercard and the circles design are registered trademarks of Mastercard International Incorporated. Funds are FDIC insured, subject to applicable limitations and restrictions when we receive the funds deposited to your account.

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Investment advisory services provided by ML Wealth LLC. Investment Accounts Are Not FDIC Insured • No Bank Guarantee • Investments May Lose Value. For important information and disclosures relating to the MoneyLion Investment Account, see Investment FAQs, Form ADV Brochure, and moneylion.com/investing. Accounts are subject to a monthly account fee of $1, $3 (accounts valued over $5,000), or $5 (accounts valued over $25,000).

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MoneyLion is a financial technology company, not a bank. RoarMoney℠ demand deposit account provided by, and MoneyLion Debit Mastercard® issued by, MetaBank®, National Association, Member FDIC. RoarMoney is a service mark of MoneyLion.  Mastercard and the circles design are registered trademarks of Mastercard International Incorporated. Funds are FDIC insured, subject to applicable limitations and restrictions when we receive the funds deposited to your account.

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Cryptocurrency transaction and custody services are powered by Zero Hash LLC and Zero Hash Liquidity Services LLC. When you enable MoneyLion Crypto, you must also agree to the Zero Hash LLC and Zero Hash Liquidity Services LLC terms and conditions and enable your Zero Hash account. Cryptocurrency balances are not covered by FDIC or SIPC insurance. Services may not be available in all states. The cryptocurrency assets in your Zero Hash account are not held at MoneyLion or MetaBank. MetaBank and MoneyLion are not responsible for the cryptocurrency assets held in any Zero Hash account. Neither MoneyLion, nor MetaBank, is involved in the purchase, sale, exchange of fiat funds for cryptocurrency, or custody of the cryptocurrencies. Services may not be available in all states. MoneyLion Crypto account holders need an open and active RoarMoneySM account in order to buy and sell cryptocurrencies through the Moneylion app. ×
Cryptocurrency transaction and custody services are powered by Zero Hash LLC and Zero Hash Liquidity Services LLC. When you enable MoneyLion Crypto, you must also agree to the Zero Hash LLC and Zero Hash Liquidity Services LLC terms and conditions and enable your Zero Hash account. Cryptocurrency balances are not covered by FDIC or SIPC insurance. Services may not be available in all states. The cryptocurrency assets in your Zero Hash account are not held at MoneyLion or MetaBank. MetaBank and MoneyLion are not responsible for the cryptocurrency assets held in any Zero Hash account. Neither MoneyLion, nor MetaBank, is involved in the purchase, sale, exchange of fiat funds for cryptocurrency, or custody of the cryptocurrencies. Services may not be available in all states. MoneyLion Crypto account holders need an open and active RoarMoneySM account in order to buy and sell cryptocurrencies through the Moneylion app. ×
Cryptocurrency transaction and custody services are powered by Zero Hash LLC and Zero Hash Liquidity Services LLC. When you enable MoneyLion Crypto, you must also agree to the Zero Hash LLC and Zero Hash Liquidity Services LLC terms and conditions and enable your Zero Hash account. Cryptocurrency balances are not covered by FDIC or SIPC insurance. Services may not be available in all states. The cryptocurrency assets in your Zero Hash account are not held at MoneyLion or MetaBank. MetaBank and MoneyLion are not responsible for the cryptocurrency assets held in any Zero Hash account. Neither MoneyLion, nor MetaBank, is involved in the purchase, sale, exchange of fiat funds for cryptocurrency, or custody of the cryptocurrencies. Services may not be available in all states. MoneyLion Crypto account holders need an open and active RoarMoneySM account in order to buy and sell cryptocurrencies through the Moneylion app. ×

MoneyLion is a financial technology company, not a bank. RoarMoney℠ demand deposit account provided by, and MoneyLion Debit Mastercard® issued by, MetaBank®, National Association, Member FDIC. RoarMoney is a service mark of MoneyLion.  Mastercard and the circles design are registered trademarks of Mastercard International Incorporated. Funds are FDIC insured, subject to applicable limitations and restrictions when we receive the funds deposited to your account.

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Cryptocurrency transaction and custody services are powered by Zero Hash LLC and Zero Hash Liquidity Services LLC. When you enable MoneyLion Crypto, you must also agree to the Zero Hash LLC and Zero Hash Liquidity Services LLC terms and conditions and enable your Zero Hash account. Cryptocurrency balances are not covered by FDIC or SIPC insurance. Services may not be available in all states. The cryptocurrency assets in your Zero Hash account are not held at MoneyLion or MetaBank. MetaBank and MoneyLion are not responsible for the cryptocurrency assets held in any Zero Hash account. Neither MoneyLion, nor MetaBank, is involved in the purchase, sale, exchange of fiat funds for cryptocurrency, or custody of the cryptocurrencies. Services may not be available in all states. MoneyLion Crypto account holders need an open and active RoarMoneySM account in order to buy and sell cryptocurrencies through the Moneylion app. ×

Investment advisory services provided by ML Wealth LLC. Investment Accounts Are Not FDIC Insured • No Bank Guarantee • Investments May Lose Value. For important information and disclosures relating to the MoneyLion Investment Account, see Investment FAQs, Form ADV Brochure, and moneylion.com/investing. Accounts are subject to a monthly account fee of $1, $3 (accounts valued over $5,000), or $5 (accounts valued over $25,000).

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Investment advisory services provided by ML Wealth LLC. Investment Accounts Are Not FDIC Insured • No Bank Guarantee • Investments May Lose Value. For important information and disclosures relating to the MoneyLion Investment Account, see Investment FAQs, Form ADV Brochure, and moneylion.com/investing. Accounts are subject to a monthly account fee of $1, $3 (accounts valued over $5,000), or $5 (accounts valued over $25,000).

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Round Ups is subject to terms and conditions. This optional service is offered by MoneyLion. You may be required to have certain MoneyLion accounts to use this feature.

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Investment advisory services provided by ML Wealth LLC. Investment Accounts Are Not FDIC Insured • No Bank Guarantee • Investments May Lose Value. For important information and disclosures relating to the MoneyLion Investment Account, see Investment FAQs, Form ADV Brochure, and moneylion.com/investing. Accounts are subject to a monthly account fee of $1, $3 (accounts valued over $5,000), or $5 (accounts valued over $25,000).

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Investment advisory services provided by ML Wealth LLC. Investment Accounts Are Not FDIC Insured • No Bank Guarantee • Investments May Lose Value. For important information and disclosures relating to the MoneyLion Investment Account, see Investment FAQs, Form ADV Brochure, and moneylion.com/investing. Accounts are subject to a monthly account fee of $1, $3 (accounts valued over $5,000), or $5 (accounts valued over $25,000).

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Cryptocurrency transaction and custody services are powered by Zero Hash LLC and Zero Hash Liquidity Services LLC. When you enable MoneyLion Crypto, you must also agree to the Zero Hash LLC and Zero Hash Liquidity Services LLC terms and conditions and enable your Zero Hash account. Cryptocurrency balances are not covered by FDIC or SIPC insurance. Services may not be available in all states. The cryptocurrency assets in your Zero Hash account are not held at MoneyLion or MetaBank. MetaBank and MoneyLion are not responsible for the cryptocurrency assets held in any Zero Hash account. Neither MoneyLion, nor MetaBank, is involved in the purchase, sale, exchange of fiat funds for cryptocurrency, or custody of the cryptocurrencies. Services may not be available in all states. MoneyLion Crypto account holders need an open and active RoarMoneySM account in order to buy and sell cryptocurrencies through the Moneylion app. ×

MoneyLion is a financial technology company, not a bank. RoarMoney℠ demand deposit account provided by, and MoneyLion Debit Mastercard® issued by, MetaBank®, National Association, Member FDIC. RoarMoney is a service mark of MoneyLion.  Mastercard and the circles design are registered trademarks of Mastercard International Incorporated. Funds are FDIC insured, subject to applicable limitations and restrictions when we receive the funds deposited to your account.

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Cryptocurrency transaction and custody services are powered by Zero Hash LLC and Zero Hash Liquidity Services LLC. When you enable MoneyLion Crypto, you must also agree to the Zero Hash LLC and Zero Hash Liquidity Services LLC terms and conditions and enable your Zero Hash account. Cryptocurrency balances are not covered by FDIC or SIPC insurance. Services may not be available in all states. The cryptocurrency assets in your Zero Hash account are not held at MoneyLion or MetaBank. MetaBank and MoneyLion are not responsible for the cryptocurrency assets held in any Zero Hash account. Neither MoneyLion, nor MetaBank, is involved in the purchase, sale, exchange of fiat funds for cryptocurrency, or custody of the cryptocurrencies. Services may not be available in all states. MoneyLion Crypto account holders need an open and active RoarMoneySM account in order to buy and sell cryptocurrencies through the Moneylion app. ×