THOSE WITH ONLY a few dollars to invest at a time are not out of luck with the stock market. Dividend-reinvestment plans (DRIPs) can help you invest sums such as $20 or $50.
DRIPs let you buy shares of a company's stock directly from it, bypassing brokers (and broker commissions). Hundreds of major corporations offer DRIPs.
With traditional DRIPs, you must own at least one share of a company's stock before you enroll in your own name. So if you're not already a shareholder, you'll have to buy at least one share through a broker, paying the commission.