How do I start investing with only $25?

I am new to stock trading and I have $25 on a TD Ameritrade Account that I can use for stock trading. Is $25 too small of an amount to begin investing with? What should I look out for when trading with such a small amount? Should my orders initially be market orders or limit orders? What are some tips for earning a return when investing with this amount?

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If you are just starting out as an investor and your future contributions are going to be relatively small (a few hundred dollars a month or less), I recommend you not use a traditional custodian and instead go with a robo-advisor like Betterment, Wealthfront, FutureAdvisor, SigFig, etc. The costs are lower, investing is more efficient, you aren't trying to select your own investments or asset allocation, and you can invest small amounts at a time very easily.

If you are new to stock trading, the biggest tip I have for you is actually to not focus so much on earning a return, but focusing on your inflows. Until your portfolio is big enough that your potential annual return is a higher dollar amount than your annual contributions, you really should be thinking about putting away as much money as possible and not spending time and thought on extra returns. Your return on a low balance is not that much. Returns become much more important when you have a larger pot of money to work with.

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