WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2021
Before you jump into any forms of investing money, it’s important that you understand your own risk tolerance levels and your own personal financial situation.
Some investors are happy to receive low returns on a regular basis simply because they are guaranteed returns. Other investors prefer to take slightly higher risks in an effort to earn higher-than-average returns on their money.
There are so many different ways of investing money that it’s impossible to say which one is the best option and which is the worst. What matters is that you try to find the options that best suit your own financial situation and your own financial goals.
Let’s look at some different ways of investing money.
Cash Deposits and Term Deposits
Leaving your money sitting in a bank’s term deposit account might earn you some interest on your money, but the returns will be lower than some other options. However, a low return is sometimes better than taking a risk of losing your money on other investment options!
A mutual fund is a collective investment where the funds from lots of investors is pooled together to invest in various securities. Fund managers control the investments and trading activities, attempting to derive returns for the fund’s investors.
Bonds are a security where the issuer owes the investor a debt. The bond holder is able to invest in various companies or even in federal government bonds. Bonds are considered quite low-risk investments by some investors.
Residential Real Estate
There are many different ways to invest in real estate. Investors can either buy property with the intention of generating rental income or hang on to the property over a period of time hoping their capital value increases. Investors can also buy and renovate or otherwise improve it with the intention of generating capital growth, or perhaps buying property for the purpose of redeveloping it.
Commercial Real Estate
Investors in commercial real estate generally purchase large commercial properties, such as shopping malls or office buildings, and lease them out to companies at a profit.
Investing in the stock market involves buying shares, or stocks, of large, publicly listed companies. Day traders buy and sell stocks rapidly, hoping to capture some of the short term gains. Long term investors will buy shares to form an investment portfolio, either to reap the dividend income or to reinvest the dividend returns back into share reallocation to increase the portfolio further.
Gold and Silver
Investing in gold or silver doesn’t always mean owning big bars of shiny metal and hiding them in your closet. Ownership can actually be verified and transferred via certificates or shares. However, Swiss banks may allow some customers to hold gold accounts in order to conduct transactions using precious metal as currency.
Foreign Currency Exchange
Investing in the forex market is probably best left to investors who understand how this volatile market works. Essentially, you trade an amount of one currency for another country’s currency. When the value changes, you exchange your currency back again, hopefully realizing a gain once the transaction is complete. It is possible to make substantial gains by trading on the forex market, it’s equally possible to realize large losses too. It's also worth noting that in some countries, profits generating by trading on the forex market are capital gains tax free.
These are just a few different ways of investing money. Before jumping into any investment, always be sure it is in line with your own personal level ofo risk tolerance. You should also be sure that your investment choices are also in line with your own financial goals.