Using Auto-Invest

 

What is Auto-Invest? 

With Auto-invest, M1 intelligently allocates money from every deposit to ensure your portfolio stays on track.  

That means you can invest cash into your Pie and maintain your investment targets without any manual calculations. 

 

Learn more about Auto-Invest in these short how-to videos:

 

What is buying power? 

Your M1 Invest buying power is the amount available for trading. 

The amount shown on the Invest tab represents current cash plus any pending deposits and minus any pending withdrawal from the account. 

A pending sell order will increase buying power for new buy orders and a pending buy order will decrease buying power. Your cash balance will update once the trades execute. 

Note: Your buying power will increase based on the current market value of the pie/slice the sell order was placed on. A sell order may be placed for an amount greater than the current market value but buying power will only change depending on the estimated proceeds from the sell. 

 

Auto-Invest all my cash 

Most M1 users manage their portfolio with Auto-invest turned on. 

With Auto-invest on, any time your cash balance meets or exceeds $25, M1 will automatically invest your cash balance into your portfolio.  

To select this option, turn auto-invest on and set your minimum cash balance to $0. 

M1 Finance web account screen Invest tab

Auto-invest my cash over a specific amount 

  • You can set a minimum cash balance that will remain uninvested in your account. 
  • Trading will be initiated once your cash balance is at least $25 over that set amount. 
  • To select this option, turn auto-invest on and set your minimum cash balance to the amount you’d like to remain in cash. 

Example 1:  

Minimum Cash Balance: $0 

Trading will be initiated whenever your cash balance reaches or exceeds $25.  

All cash will be invested and $0 will remain in your cash balance. 

M1 Finance web account screen showing minimum cash balance as $0

Example 2: 

Minimum Cash Balance: $1,000 

Trading will be initiated whenever your cash balance reaches or exceeds $1,025.  

All cash exceeding $1,000 will be invested, and $1,000 will remain in your cash balance. 

M1 Finance web account screen showing minimum cash balance as $1000

Don't auto-invest my cash 

  • With auto-invest turned off, M1 will never automatically invest cash.  
  • Deposits from your bank and paid dividends will accrue as cash in your account.  
  • To select this option, turn auto-invest off. 

With auto-investing off, you can use the cash in your account to make buy orders for specific Pie slices or individual stocks. 

M1 Finance web account screen Invest tab

To change or view your auto-invest, follow the steps below: 

Web: 

Auto-invest settings are on the top right of the portfolio tab. 

 

Mobile: 

Auto-invest settings can be accessed by scrolling up from the bottom of the portfolio screen. 

M1 Finance mobile account screen Invest tab

M1 Finance mobile account screen auto-invest settings

M1 Finance mobile account screen buy order

If you have further questions, please contact us.

 

All examples above are for informational purposes and should not be considered an offer to buy or sell certain stocks. M1 does not provide investment advice.  

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