Ask Away Blog: Great Tips for the Beginning Investor

Great Tips for the Beginning Investor

Monday, November 1, 2021

 

The best time to start investing is right now. This is because the sooner you start to invest, the longer your investments have time to grow. If you start investing early, by the time you retire, you will have a nice fund to finance your retirement. Don't be afraid to jump into investing. Here are some great tips to get you started.

Decide How Much You Want To Invest

What are your goals for investment? This will determine how much you should invest each month to reach your goals. If your goal is retirement, financial advisers such as Cane Bay Partners YouTube recommend setting aside 10% to 15% of your income for investing for retirement. If you are starting late, you may want to invest an even greater percentage.

Decide on the Level of Risk You Can Tolerate

The level of risk you are comfortable with will determine what you will feel good about investing in. Some investments are a lot riskier than others. Usually, bonds are less risky than stocks. You can mix your investments, mixing riskier investments like stocks with less risky investments like bonds. You can find funds that already have the mixture of risks you want to take as well.

Decide How You Want To Invest

Decide how you feel most comfortable investing. Do you want to open a brokerage account and choose your own stocks? Do you want someone to make the decisions for you? Many investors get started by investing in their employer's 401(k). Most companies will give you many choices of funds, stocks and bonds to invest in within the 401(k). You can choose the ones that fit your investment style. If your employer doesn't offer a 401(k), you can open an Individual Retirement Account (IRA).

Open an Account and Start Investing

Whether it is a 401(k) account with your employer or an individual brokerage account, decide on somewhere to start, and open an account. There is nothing like practice and experience to help you learn about investing. You can start small, keeping most of your savings in money market funds while you experiment with purchasing a few stocks, bonds or index funds.

Reduce Your Risk by Diversifying

The most important concept in investing is to diversify your risks. You don't want to invest in just one stock or one type of stock. You should spread your investment dollars around between investments of various risk levels. Invest in both stocks and bonds, or invest in several different index funds. Don't invest all your money in purchasing your company stock, even if you do get a good deal. Otherwise, if your company fails, you will lose your job and your investments at the same time.

It is best to get started with investing early, especially if you are investing for retirement. After you have done your research, it is important to actually get started and open an investment account. If you want advice, get a financial advisor or start doing some research and reading. When it comes time to retire, you will be very happy that you got started with investing and built up a nice retirement fund.




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