A key focus of my blog is Financial Literacy/Money. Unless you were raised in a family of investors, it can be a whole new world. In addition to beginning your investing journey, it’s important to begin it as safely as possible. The following contributed post is entitled, A Quick Guide To Investing For Beginners.
‘Investing is the act of allocating resources, usually money, with the expectation of generating an income or profit’ Investopedia.com.
If you’re eager to invest but unsure where to begin, this quick guide covers the basics to escort you in the right direction. Below are a few commonly asked questions that you may be thinking about, coupled with answers to help you decide; whether investing is right for you, the opportunities available, and some top tips to help you invest with confidence.
Is investing the right option for me? Before investing, firstly think about whether you have a substantial amount of savings, like an emergency fund. And whether you need to pay off any high-interest debts such as credit cards and finance agreements, as these should ultimately be your top priorities.
Beyond this, if you have the means to ride out the current pandemic without jeopardizing your finances. Money leftover to play with, and time to invest for the long-term, before a particular life event such as retirement. You’ll have a better chance of riding out the ups and downs of the market, and investing could be an excellent option for you to boost your future income. Especially when the interest on savings accounts at the moment is pitiful.
However, if you’re hoping for a get rich quick scheme, investing may not be of interest to you. It takes time to accumulate wealth from investments, and there is always the risk you could lose the money you put in.
What investment opportunities are there? From tangible objects to living things, there’s a broad spectrum of items for you to invest in. Here are a few for you to consider;
➢ Property – commercial and residential buildings ➢ Foreign Currency ➢ Cryptocurrency ➢ Real estate ➢ Shares within a company ➢ Art and antiques ➢ Commodities such as oil, coffee, and gold
A concept and currency that’s piqued the interest of newbie and experienced investors alike is virtual currency, and sites like Bitit, have made it far easier to begin investing. To find more on Bitit, there is a wealth of information online to help you decide whether investing cryptocurrency is right for you.
Top tips for investing? With an array of different opportunities to invest your cash, research and familiarize yourself with your options because you should;
‘Never invest in a business you cannot understand.’ – Warren Buffett
When learning about investing, you’ll often see the term investment portfolio mentioned a lot. It’s a sensible money management technique used by investors to create a diverse collection of investments, which shall hopefully provide them with a higher prospect of making a return. For instance, should one of your investments cause you to lose money, you would still have other investments in your portfolio that may endure the volatility of the market.
In summary, the top tips for investing are;
➢ Research investment opportunities you are interested in ➢ Diversify your investment portfolio ➢ Refrain from withdrawing your money too soon. You need to stomach the ups and downs and refrain from withdrawing your cash too early.
Two of the key focuses of my blog are Financial Literacy/Money and Business/Entrepreneurship. The world of Real Estate investing has been a major source of wealth for many people. If done correctly, investing in properties can make you wealthy beyond your dreams. The following contributed post is entitled, 4 Tips When Investing In Property.
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If you are looking into various investment opportunities and better ways to use your money it is always worth considering property. It has historically been one of the most stable markets to invest in, though as with any speculative investment, comes with no guarantees. If you are unsure quite where to begin with this one, then take a look at our 4 tips when investing in property to get you started.
The first thing that you will need to do is research the area that you are looking to buy in thoroughly.
You need to understand who your potential buyers or tenants are going to be in order to understand what they will be looking for in a property. Look at the transport links available and the amenities and facilities nearby. Could this be a great area for young professionals? If so, look for commuter links, homes near train stations, parking availability and perhaps decent bars and restaurants for their social lives.
Other factors worth researching are school catchment areas, medical facilities, neighborhood crime levels and any upcoming developments and changes planned. All of these can affect the price that you buy at and then the price that you may be able to sell or rent.
Selecting the property
Now that you are clear on where you are best to buy, you need to select the property that you wish to invest in. You will need to run numbers with your mortgage advisor and realtor to ensure that it is financially viable to purchase in the first place.
You will then want to commission surveys so that you are aware of any issues upfront before investing. This is slightly different to when you buy for yourself inasmuch as you are not going to have years to correct and improve things, you will want to turn things around quickly for your sale or to get occupants in.
Focus on the exterior and stability
You need to prioritise taking care of the structure of the property, before spending time dressing it inside. It can be easy to get caught up in the design of the interiors, but spend money on the exterior first and work your way in.
Whether you need to use waterproofing contractors or roofing contractors, ensure that you look around for the best company to undertake the work and do not leave it too late to carry this out. Factor the costs of work like this into your investment and projections to give you the best chance of making a profit.
Be realistic with your projections
You need to ensure that you are being realistic with your projections.
You have to be clear on how much time it will take for you to purchase and renovate the property so that it is in condition to sell again or let out, and then run the numbers to check that this works for you.
You need to recognize that some areas or streets have a ceiling value, and creating a magnificent state of the art eight bedroom house on a street full of traditional three bedrooms is unlikely to be a good idea as you simply will not make your money back.
Also factor in the time it can take to get an interested buyer or tenant to your calculations.
Two of the focuses of my blog are Financial Literacy/Money and Business/Entrepreneurship. If your business grows and successfully generates profit over time, there are critical decisions that have to be made about what to invest in next to ensure its continued growth. The right decisions will ensure continued growth and profit. The following contributed post is entitled, Areas Of Your Business That Are Worth Investing In.
Knowing where to start investing in your business, especially when just starting out on a low budget can be a pretty tough thing to decide, and although there’s really no definitive answer because every business is different, there are definitely some areas that really are worth investing in as your business grows and you’re potentially looking to scale your company.
Just to be clear, though: we’re not saying that you have to start throwing money at these things right away.
In business, you should always start with what you have available until it makes financial sense to invest, but these will at least provide you with some starting points to go from:
In the beginning of your business, unless you have the backing of investors, then it’s likely that you’ll be wearing all of the hats and doing everything yourself for a while.
After some time when you’re making profit, then you really need to consider handing these tasks off to people who are better at them than you are so that you can focus your time and energy on working with your clients and growing the business even bigger.
Hiring a team is definitely quite overwhelming, but you should start small and build your way up.
To get started you could even just bring in a few contractors to help with things, such as strategy consulting or web design until you reach a place where you’re able to hire people full time.
Marketing is going to play a huge role in the success of your business and it’s definitely something worth investing in, even if it’s just to save you time from trying to do things organically.
It’s definitely not going to be something that you should be throwing a lot of money at from the beginning, and when you do decide to start investing, then it’s something you should only do once you have a solid and clear strategy and plan in place for your marketing.
Even if your business isn’t going to be an online business, it’s definitely going to depend on technology, at least somewhat.
Therefore, investing in technology to ensure that things run efficiently and effectively, such as payment processing technology and fast computers is always going to be something that will be of benefit to you.
It doesn’t matter what kind of business you have, keeping it safe is a huge priority and is something that should always be taken very seriously.
From having the correct policies noted on your website, to having the best malware on the market that keeps you protected from hackers, security is something that all business owners should be investing in, and it’s not even something that costs a lot, but the peace of mind and potential savings gained from potential loss of earnings if anything should happen is priceless.
As we already said, this is not an extensive list, but we took some of the most important aspects of what we think are important when it comes to investing in your business.
You also shouldn’t feel pressured into getting all of these done at once, but take each step by step and base your decision on what you feel will benefit the business long term.
A key focus of my blog is Financial Literacy/Money. A key aspect of this subject area is understanding the difference investing and saving. Both are very important terms which can actually complement the other. Understanding the two further can change lives. The following contributed post is entitled, The Difference Between Investing And Saving.
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Investing and saving are two fantastic options for anyone looking to be smart with their money. At a base level, they both serve the same purpose; you want to put money aside, with the aim of having more in the future.
But, some fundamental differences show both options have their own pros and cons.
It’s easy for anyone to open a savings account and start saving money. You don’t need much financial know-how at all, just a brief consultation with a financial advisor at your bank will give you everything you need to know. Essentially, you open an account, put as much money as you want in there, and the interest rate sees it grow year by year.
With investing, you have something far more complex. There are loads of different ways to invest, and each option also contains more choices as well. Take the stock market; you have loads of different things to invest in, from futures to options – and everything in between. Then, you have to look at things like option historical data, previous sales, current market trends, and so on. It’s so incredibly complex, making it hard for the average person to get involved. Typically, you need to take in a lot of knowledge to get to grips with stock market investing. Bear in mind, this is just one example, you also have property investment, forex – the list goes on and on. Saving is simple, but investing is definitely very complicated.
When you put money in a savings account, it will increase in value over time. This is due to interest rates, but the catch is that interest rates are usually horrible. In essence, this means you don’t get outstanding returns, and you have to keep your account open for many years before you see anything substantial.
So, saving returns are restricted by interest rates, but investment returns aren’t. Your return on investment varies depending on the market conditions. In some cases, you can earn colossal returns after just a few months – it depends on the investment. If you were to compare savings and investments with regards to their returns, then savings definitely come out second best.
The flip side of this is that investing carries more risks. With a savings account, you haven’t really got any risks at all. The money sits there collecting interest, and you don’t have to worry about anything.
With investing, there are so many variables. A market crash can make your investment plummet in value – or the company you’ve invested shares in could close down. Companies are always at risk of closing, and even if you think you are hedging your bets by checking the Caterpillar shares prices, a company as big as Caterpillar is not immune from any adverse conditions. There is always the notion of risk when you are investing. It’s always worth bearing this in mind, and if you plan on investing in a business, you may want to invest in a company with more sway and notoriety, but this is by no means a “sure thing”. If you invest in property and the property market experiences a dip, then you’re in trouble. The point is that you may get better returns, but you’re taking a bigger risk.
Ultimately, either option is an effective way of using your money. They’re both far better than reckless spending! The best way to summarize the differences is that investing is riskier, more complicated, but can grant higher rewards. Generally speaking, it’s a smart idea to try both ideas if you want to do more with your money.
A key focus of my blog is Financial Literacy/Money. While some people are fortunate to learn about the world of investing at a young age, many people don’t learn about it until much later in life, if at all. It’s a large, dynamic and ever shifting world and can be overwhelming for novices. It’s thus important to know where to start and be patient early on. The following contributed post is thus entitled, Investing For Profit: A Beginner’s Guide.
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There are many ways that you can generate income in this world, including working for a salary and starting your own business. However, one way that you should always consider is investing the money you have in order to grow it. Of course, this is a complicated and sometimes confusing field to get involved in, and that is why I have devised the beginners guide below to help you negotiate it. Read on to find out more.
Do think of investing as a way of making your money work harder for you.
Firstly, before you get anywhere near choosing where about to put your money, it’s crucial that you grasp the central idea behind investing. In fact, investing is all about putting your money to work for you rather than just letting it sit there. The ultimate goal being that it makes more than just a basic interest account would provide.
However, it is worth knowing that interest accounts especially those designed for high-level earners can off a fairly decent return on your money with only a minimal risk. Something that makes them much more suitable for those that are not prepared to gamble with their hard earned wages, but still want to make a profit on the money they already have in the bank.
Don’t ever forget about risk.
The next issue to be concerned with when it comes to investing is risk, as mentioned above. This is the other side the coin that you need to consider whenever you make an investment, as there is no such thing as a sure thing!
What this means is that while you could make a fantastic return on the money you invest, you could also lose all of that money as well. Something that can be further complicated if you get into a situation where you are racking up credit in order to make investments.
To that end, the potential risk in each investment situation need to be calculated accurately, and a cost-benefit analysis needs to be performed to check that the risk is worth the benefit that it could return.
Of course, it is essential to realize that the value of a potential risk will be mean more to some people than it will to others, and it’s not just by the financial value that you can establish this. In fact, for a billionaire, a $100,000 loss would be upsetting, but for a family whose only assets are total $100,000, it could be utterly devastating and ultimately lead to their bankruptcy. The message here being that it is wise never to invest more than you can comfortably afford to lose.
However, in this section is it also worth highlighting that it is the element of risk that provides the opportunity for investment in the first place. After all, if there were no gamble, investors would be needed to stump up the finance. What this means is that it is often the case that the higher the risk, the higher the rewards that can be expected. Of course, that also means for those that are in a stable enough financial position to take those risks, that they can be well worth it regarding return on their initial investment.
Do consider all the different types of investments.
Next, when it comes to making money from your investments is crucial that you consider all the options that are on offer.
What this means is that you think about investing not only in the stock market and financial products but also in things like property as well. In fact, many investors prefer to put their money in property because unlike investing in the stock market, they actually have a physical assets that they gain ownership of, something that provides a greater sense of security.
Sadly, navigating the property investment market can be as complicated as finding your way in with stocks and shares. In particular, deciding on the right type of investment return can be problematic. This is because many investors do not know whether to buy a property with a view to renovating it and then selling it at a profit, or as a let to buy.
Of course, both have disadvantage and advantages that could affect the return you see on your property investment. In particular, choosing from one of the many houses for sale overseas may provide you with a prime opportunity for buy to let, especially if there are in popular vacation spots, or cities. This is because you will be more likely to have potential renters all year round, something that can ensure a high and regular yield on your initial investment.
However, for investors looking to make a substantial sum more quickly, it can be better to flip a property instead, something that can happen over a shorter period of time, and free up more capital faster. Capital that can then reinvested with the aim of making an additional profit in the property or other investment sectors.
Don’t put all of your eggs into one basket.
While not putting all of you eggs in one basket may be old wisdom that you grew up hearing, it doesn’t mean that it is any less relevant to the field of investing. In fact, its excellent advice and what it translates to here is the value of diversifying your portfolio.
What this means is that its bad practice to put all of your investment capital into a single stock, company, field, or even market. This is because if that particular investment fails you will lose all of your money and have none left over.
Instead, if you diversify your portfolio across different products and fields, even if an entire market crashes you should be left with some investments of value. Something that can help you minimize any losses, and so make your chances of making a profit over the long term much higher.
Do join up with others.
No person is an island, and this is the case, even when it comes to investing. In fact, there are services out there that make pooling your money with other investors much easier now, including peer lending platforms and investment cooperatives.
Of course, the benefits of doing this is that, while still only putting up a relatively small amount you can gain the benefits of making a large scale investment. Something that can help to increase your percentage profits significantly.
Although, it is worth ensuring that you have an excellent grasp of the legal side of things when pooling your money with others. Otherwise, you can end up getting the short end of the stick, and this can negatively affect the return you can expect from your investment.
Don’t listen to hot tips.
Finally, when it comes to investing in any field, be it property, the day trading arena, stock and shares, cryptocurrency or peer lending, there really is no such thing as a sure thing! This is crucial to remember because any sources online, or otherwise that specific stock and companies to invest in usually have a vested interested somewhere down the line.
In fact, many hot tips are actually trading scams including pumping and dumping schemes in disguise. This is a process where hot tops are given out to raise the share price just enough for the initial buyer to make a profit when they sell. This then leaves the rest of the investors with hard to move shares, this naturally being something that you will want to avoid if you are looking to make a profit through investing.