How to open a vanguard brokerage account and trade stocks to retire early

If you've ever wondered how to trade stocks in the stock market you are not alone. There are many different schools of thought on trading - day trading, index fund trading, dividend investing and much more. In part 3 of the AchieveHer Financial Freedom Course,Trade Wages for Stocks, we learn about the financial independence retire early (FIRE) methodology of index fund investing. It's how I accumulated my wealth over the past four years. FIRE is the movement of deciding to work less years and retire before 65 years old. It's the ability to live off of passive income well before traditional retirement age. It's very attractive to those who live outside the box and thrive on having a more flexible schedule. FIRE requires you to save and invest more the the traditional 10% that we have been taught for years because the more you invest the faster you can become financially independent and live a life of financial freedom.


The FIRE community believes that whether you have a financial planner or not, you should be responsible for your financial future and understand budgeting, saving, and basic investing in the stock market. It honestly isn't hard, but we've been taught that we can't do it, only a certified professional can do it. That's where Jack Bogle comes in. Jack Bogle was the founder and chief executive of The Vanguard Group, and is credited with creating the first index fund. An avid investor and money manager himself, he preached investment over speculation, long-term patience over short-term action, and reducing broker fees as much as possible.


In this video, we will walk through the steps to open a brokerage account at Vanguard (founded by Jack Bogle), the first step to investing in stocks on your own. In Trade Wages for Stocks you can follow along and learn how to buy a share of VOO ETF, which is a share of the S&P 500 Index fund, on Vanguard.com. In general, the steps are as follows:


  1. Navigate to https://investor.vanguard.com/home and choose personal investor.

  2. Enter your personal information and confirm your identity.

  3. Enter your banking information so that you can fund your new account to buy and sell.

  4. Fund your new account with funds.

  5. Confirm your bank account with Vanguard by confirming receipt of two small deposits.

  6. Trade!



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