Investing Your Money
Understanding The Basics of
Investing your money can be a great way to ensure your financial future. With the right investment choices, you
can be sure to have money for emergencies, to put towards the education of your children, and to have available
when the time comes for you to retire. That's the upside of investing.
Only invest what you can afford to lose
The downside of course is that you can make losses, and even lose all of your money with wrong investment
choices. So, one of the fundamentals of prudent investing is that you invest only the money that you can afford to lose. As with
gambling, there's little or nothing to be gained and everything to be lost when it comes to investing. Do not
put up money that you cannot afford to lose should the market take a downturn.
Get some investment training
Another fundamental aspect of investing is not to rely on your own understanding alone of the world of
investments and the markets. You need to have at least some basic investment training to be able to make the right choices. Or better still, work with a trained
professional to pick the right investment options for you.
|Before you go about investing your money, make sure you understand well the basics
Get reputable broker
Check the background of the advisor you choose, as there are a lot of brokers out there just looking for a quick
fleece. The best brokers will have many years of experience, a variety of investment backgrounds, and will probably
cost you much less than you might think.
Invest in long term
Think long term. Unless you have to invest millions of dollars initially, it will take time for your investments
to mature and begin to accumulate substantial gains. The best investments are proven over time, and thus it is best
to place your funds in long term choices. It is best to forget about this money in terms of a cash fall back, at
least for a number of years.
Diversify Your Investments
One of the fundamental truisms of the investment world is diversification. This will ensure that you "do not have all your eggs in one basket", should
any part of the market experience a downturn. A good portfolio will include cash and cash equivalents (GICs,
fixed annuities), growth investments (stocks), and growth and income investments (mutual funds).
Apart from investing your money in several areas, diversification also means making sure that no one area of
your investments contains a disproportionate percentage of your funds. In other words, spread your investment funds
in a similar portions across your portfolio, without placing too big a portion into one investment.
When you diversify well, should there be market losses in any one of the areas, those will be easier absorbed
within your portfolio. Or perhaps even compensated for by gains in any one or more of the other areas of your