Investors are always looking for the best stocks to invest in. However, some of the greatest stocks are a bit out of reach for many people as stock prices continue to climb. Fortunately, there are some very affordable options available to Canadians. In this article, I will discuss three top stocks you can buy with $500. These examples demonstrate how anyone can get started in the market.
You can now buy this stock regardless of how much money you have
A stock that few would have expected to see in this list, Shopify (TSX:SHOP)(NYSE:SHOP) can be bought for $500. Right now, you’re probably asking yourself “Wasn’t Shopify trading for $2,000 recently?” Yes, it was.
However, using Wealthsimple Trade’s new fractional share functionality, investors can buy into Shopify for as little as $1. With that in mind, you won’t be able to buy Shopify stock for $500 if you don’t have an account with Wealthsimple.
Shopify has been the top-performing stock on the TSX over the past few years, the stock took first place in the 2020 edition of the TSX30. On July 27, the company announced that it would be allowing merchants to sell NFTs using the platform. This is major news as it exposes Shopify to the lucrative and ever-growing cryptocurrency and blockchain universe.
Despite having gained more than 5,500% since its Initial Public Offering, developments like this suggest that the company is far from done growing.
Changing the way we think about e-commerce
When consumers and investors talk about online retail, they often refer to the purchase of electronics, clothing, and other material goods. A lesser-discussed topic, online grocery purchases have increased tremendously in recent years. In 2016, it was estimated that online groceries accounted for 5% of all grocery sales in Canada.
By 2020, and perhaps because of the pandemic, the online grocery market jumped to 17% of all Canadian grocery sales. With that said, it’s no wonder companies like Goodfood Market (TSX:FOOD) have increased in value over the past year.
Goodfood is a rapidly growing company, which already claims 40% of the Canadian meal-kit industry. From its lowest point after the 2020 market crash to its highest point in January 2021, Goodfood stock gained more than 600%. This was likely due to the company’s reports of double-digit year-over-year increases in active subscriptions. Currently, Goodfood trades under $10, making it a very affordable stock for investors with $500.
An up-and-coming stock
Docebo (TSX:DCBO)(NASDAQ:DCBO) is a stock that investors should take note of. Many investors focused on the tech sector may have seen its meteoric rise last year, as the stock soared more than 650% after the market crash last March. However, to start this year, Docebo stock struggled.
It went on to fall about 40% from January to March. Fortunately for investors, the stock then went on a long road to recovery since then. Today, it trades at $82, which is higher than the price at which it opened the year.
This is an outstanding stock that has done an excellent job of growing in its short time as a public company. Last year, Docebo announced a multi-year partnership with Amazon to power its AWS Training and Certification offerings worldwide.
The company was also listed on the NASDAQ in late 2020, providing the company with greater access to capital. Docebo is listed as a $2.7 billion market cap company. It’s not out of the realm of possibility to think it could be much bigger in a few years.
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John Mackey, CEO of Whole Foods Market, an Amazon subsidiary, is a member of The Motley Fool’s board of directors. Fool contributor Jed Lloren owns shares of Docebo Inc. and Shopify. The Motley Fool owns shares of and recommends Amazon, Docebo Inc., and Shopify. The Motley Fool recommends Goodfood Market Corp and recommends the following options: long January 2022 $1,920 calls on Amazon, long January 2023 $1,140 calls on Shopify, short January 2022 $1,940 calls on Amazon, and short January 2023 $1,160 calls on Shopify.