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5 Great Stocks and ETFs for Your Starter Portfolio

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Youth has its advantages, a fact that remains true in the world of investing. Even with a starter portfolio, younger investors have the benefit of time and the ability to take on more risk than, say, those investors who are nearing retirement.

Investors in their 20s and 30s who are building starter portfolios have a slew of great stocks to buy. There are also plenty of great exchange-traded funds (ETFs) to consider as well. In fact, low-cost index funds and ETFs should have places in starter portfolios, particularly for those younger investors who do not want to engage in individual stock picking or for those looking to add asset classes such as international equities to their starter portfolios.

Data suggest younger investors are embracing ETFs in significant fashion.

“A generational breakdown of the survey data shows that more than half of Millennials (56%) say ETFs are their investment vehicle of choice, more than any other generation. Sixty percent of Millennials surveyed expect to increase investments in ETFs in the next year, and most (63%) expect ETFs to be the primary investment vehicle in their portfolio in the future,” according to the ETF Investor Study by Charles Schwab & Co.

Still, a good starter portfolio should mix great stocks and great ETFs, so here are some tips for young investors who are building their starter portfolios.

Prices and data are from the original InvestorPlace story published on September 13, 2017. Click on ticker-symbol links in each slide for current prices and more.

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