6 Investments for Beginners
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Investing is about laying out cash or assets now, in the hope of more cash or assets returning to you tomorrow, or next year, or next decade.
Most of the time, this is best achieved th...
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Banks don’t like to give away their money. That mindset is reflected in the interest rates of checking and savings accounts of 0,5% and 0.9% avg. annual interest respectively.
When you deposit your money in the bank, the bank turns around and invests that money at 7% a year or more. After they collect their profit, they give a tiny shaving of it to you.
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Two of the most common investment questions are "what do you invest in " and "what are the best investing strategies"?
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Bad investing advice can come from many quarters, such as wealth expos or financial advisors. If anyone promises you any type of return over 12%, 99% of the time, they are probably playing you.
There are great financial advisors out there, but many people who sell investment products just want your money. However, it's not that hard to invest for yourself.
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An investment is a gamble: instead of the security of guaranteed returns, you're taking a risk with your money.
You can invest in Shares, Bonds, Funds, Government bonds (gilts), ...
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Your future self might have more income, but it’s also fairly likely that your future self might have less income and you’ll find yourself in a really bad situation.
Even if your future self is doing well, there are probably going to be other big expenses that you’ll want to deal with at that time, like buying a house.
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Think about how much risk you are willing to tolerate:
Having an effectively diversified portfolio will ensure that if one of your investments moves down, your overall investments will still keep you moving forward.
Mutual funds are a good way to diversify because they are already diversified to represent the index markets.
Decide for how long you want to invest to best evaluate your portfolio for the future.
A short term investment portfolio will likely be riskier than long term retirement portfolios.
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...is the process which provides you a framework for achieving your life goals in a systematic and planned way by avoiding shocks and surprises.
It’s a statement wherein you can jot down your assets and liabilities.
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The popular 50/30/20 rule states that you should reserve 50 percent of your budget for essentials like rent and food, 30 percent for discretionary spending, and 20 percent for savings.
Assuming you're in your 20s or 30s and can earn an average investment return of five percent a year, you'll need to save about 20 percent of your income so you can reach financial independence when you're older.
Financial independence means that you can maintain your chosen lifestyle entirely from the interest of your investments and dividends.
The four percent rule states that you could withdraw four percent of your principal balance every year and live on this indefinitely. That means you need to save 25 times your annual expenses to become financially independent.
The four percent rule is not perfect. There is no risk-free investment that yields that much today. Sudden inflation could also cause a problem.
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“Money isn’t making that much difference in how you and I live. We’re both going down to the cafeteria for lunch and working every day and having a good time. So don’t worry about money, because it won’t make much difference in how you live.”