“Someone is standing in the shade today because someone else planted a tree a long time ago” – Warren Buffett

In tough times like today, which mark the beginning of an era of economic upheaval, inflation and hundreds of layoffs in the tech industry, being able to properly invest the money we earn is more than a good solution for a more peaceful future.

If you’re still having a hard time allocating your finances as well as investing in the right things, you shouldn’t despair. You have already taken the first step when you expressed your desire to learn how to handle your money wisely.

Every one of us, whether we are just entering the investment world or not, wants to put some of our hard earned money to increase our financial situation over time. Did you know that there is no better time than the present? Yes, CNN prove that with these top advice for beginners investitors.

Legendary investor Warren Buffett said, “Someone is standing in the shade today because someone else planted a tree a long time ago.” With those words, he wanted to give one of the most valuable pieces of advice to anyone, which is that the earlier you start investing, the better things will work out for you in the long run.

And while there are no clear and definitive rules about how someone should invest their money, the good news is that you have more than plenty of choices today. All that’s required of you is to research everything about investing thoroughly, and a dose of courage, of course. Because success belongs to the brave!

In today’s article, we’ll look at eight great ways to start investing right now

Stock market investments

Historically, investing in stocks has been one of the fastest, most efficient and most effective ways to improve your financial situation, and over the long term.

From the start of the Great Depression in 1930 to 2023, the average annual return on stocks is 5.9%, according to officialdata.org. Stocks are securities that represent an individual’s ownership stake in a company.

“If you’re a beginner investor, you’re probably in the wealth accumulation phase, not the wealth preservation phase,” says James Beckett, a financial coach and investment analyst at MoneyStocker.com. “If that’s true, you should be 100% in stocks.”

Although stocks are sometimes volatile, they offer greater financial benefits than other investments. “As a new investor, volatility isn’t as important because you probably have time to ride out any bumps in the market,” Beckett notes.

Novice investors shouldn’t invest in just one asset class, however. Once a new investor has established a workable investment portfolio, it’s a good idea to make sure it doesn’t harbor investment risks.

Portfolio diversification*

Portfolio diversification* can do this job for you. New investors may consider investing in an index fund that provides diversification among many different companies.

Diversification* is an investment strategy that seeks to reduce risk while maximizing return by using an allocation of capital across different assets in a way that does not allow too much exposure to a single asset.

Also, an appropriate idea is the “core & exploration” approach, which uses an index fund as a core holding and a set amount for “exploration” by purchasing individual stocks.

“A reasonable start is to have 80-90% of the portfolio in a core index fund and 10-20% in individual stocks,” says Aaron Ritsema, senior portfolio manager at private asset management firm LaFleur & Godfrey in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

“Keep in mind that it’s important to do your own research and know what you’re buying, whether it’s an index fund or an individual stock”, he added. 

Investments in real estate

Investing in real estate is expensive, but the potential returns justify the risk.

According to the National Association of Realtors, the median home sale in the U.S. reached $400,000 for the first time in 2022. That represents an annual increase of 14.2%.

One caveat to investing in real estate is that it requires you to educate yourself very well in the field, which takes more time. These days, however, this would not be such a difficult task.

There are enough mentors and investors in the market who conduct courses and from whom you would learn a lot.

Bonds and fixed income investments

Government and corporate bonds, also known as fixed income investments, are usually investments that can help limit risk in an investment portfolio.

Reducing risk sooner or later is important for all investors, but this is especially true for new investors who could benefit from the money-preserving qualities that bonds bring.

To balance risk and keep purchase costs low, novice investors can purchase a bond fund to reduce volatility levels and save on initial purchase costs.

Mutual funds and ETFs

When investing in stocks, the last thing a new investor should do is put all of their eggs in one basket. That’s where mutual funds and exchange-traded funds (ETFs) can help.

Mutual funds are investment companies that pool money from investors to purchase securities, such as stocks or bonds, and are overseen by professional fund managers. ETFs are also pooled investments, but they are priced and traded on stock exchanges and typically track index funds or other asset classes.

Such funds enable new investors to spread their money across hundreds of different securities so they don’t have to rely on the performance of a single stock to make money. Both types of funds are professionally managed by experienced fund managers who charge a regular fee for the service.

And yes, choosing between mutual funds and ETFs is not always so easy, but the former can be more profitable for novice investors.

If you found this article useful, stay tuned for part 2 of the best ways to invest for beginners next week. 

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