People want their money to work for them instead of working for money, especially these days. Corporate downsizing and self-employment are increasing daily and people are starting to realize that government and corporate retirement funds may not be there in the future. Fortunately there are alternative ways to ensure that you can retire in comfort. Investing for beginners can be simple.
Real estate is an investing option, but it can be expensive, and requires a hefty down payment of at least 10% of the purchase price. If you have tenants, you could be in for a bumpy ride if you need to evict them, or they keep calling to report problems with the furnace, plumbing, air conditions, etc. Fixing up a property or ‘flipping’ can also get quite expensive and not give you the return you’re looking for.
A better investment is stocks and options, as they don’t need a big outlay of capital and can offer quite a lucrative and stable return if you choose them well. You can choose the stocks yourself, or you can hire a stockbroker to make informed choices for you. If you hire someone, keep in mind that they will likely charge a fee, and that fee will come out of your pocket.
It is much better to be able to invest in stocks of your own choosing. If that seems a bit intimidating, it doesn’t have to be. With a bit of education and knowledge, anyone can become successful at stock and option investing.
First, purchase some books on stocks and investing, and make sure they are written by successful investors. Some well-known authors and investors are Derek Foster, Peter Lynch and of course Warren Buffet. They have all written books that are easy to understand and read, as well as giving solid how-to tips and strategies on how to make stock investing work for you.
Next, you will want to do some of your own research. Start with the Internet and check out some companies that you are interested in. Learn more about what they do, what their earnings are. You can request information from the company if they don’t have enough on their websites.
Now that you have an idea of what companies to invest in, you can invest by paper trading, or artificial trading. This just means that you keep track of the prices on paper for a month or so; or, even better, open an account online on a trial basis. There is no risk to you or your money this way. Also, an online account will give you many strategies and tips on how to choose your stocks for better results.
Once you have learned what companies to invest in, how to trade and how to make money, you can use your own capital to invest for real. If you are still nervous, then just start with a small amount of funds until you gain more confidence and are comfortable with the methods. You will soon find yourself with a diverse portfolio and you will be able to sleep at night knowing your money is working for you. Investing for beginners can be very easy.