Tips For First Time Investors

August 27th, 2015

People who did not grow up learning about money may see investing as something that is just overwhelming. However, with just a little bit of knowledge and a little bit of support, most people grow to see that investing is not really as overwhelming as it may seem.

Start As Soon As Possible

It is best to start putting away money for investments as soon as possible. Most people are surprised to realize that after they figure out their budget, they have 25 or $30 a month that they can put away for an investment. The sooner a person starts to invest, the more money they will eventually make. If a person starts to invest money in their early 20’s, because of the compounding interest rates, they will make more money by time they are in their 50’s as opposed to a person who starts investing in their late 30’s or 40’s.

Talk to Someone Who Knows

The main reason why people are afraid of investing is because they have no knowledge of the investment vehicles that are available. For this reason, the first step to take is to talk to an investment adviser and get their opinion on what you should do with the amount of money that you have available. They may suggest something like opening a tax-free savings account, a registered retirement savings plan, or some other form of investment. The point is that the more educated a person is on the different investment options that are available, the better equipped they will be to make wise investment decisions.

Diversify

A successful investor understands the importance of diversifying their investments. For example, Brad Reifler is a well-known investor and serial entrepreneur. Throughout the course of his business life he has invested in a wide range companies offering varied products and services. His claim to fame is being the chief executive of Forefront Capital. However, throughout the years he has served as the CEO of Pali Capital, worked as a star trader for Refco, as well as served as director of Genesis Securities and European American Investment Bank.

Start with What You Know

One of the easiest ways to get into the stock market is by buying what you know. For example, if you love Apple products and you have an iPhone, an iPad, an iWatch, and just about every other Apple gadget that has been made, then a good way to get your feet wet is by buying Apple shares. It’s familiar to you, and it is a product that you understand. Of course, this type of investing must be separated from more serious investing. For example, a person who is in their mid-30’s and is looking to buy their first home will create an investment strategy that has more long-term goals in mind.

It will take time to really learn about all of the investment vehicles that are available. However, it is time that is well spent since it leads to a wider and more secure financial future.

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