anaging your money and investments can be a complicated juggling act. For those who struggle from paycheck to paycheck, investments might seem like a luxury for the rich, but that’s just not the case anymore. Today’s investment apps allow almost anyone with a bank account to dabble in the stock market. New investors can get started with as little as $5. Minimal investments won’t blossom into untold fortunes overnight, but they do offer an accessible entry point to everyone.
There are many factors to consider when investing, all of which can have a serious impact on your financial future. Even with proper planning, achieving your desired outcome is not guaranteed. That said, blindly spreading your money around is far more likely to end in disappointment or even disaster.
While you don’t need a Financial Planner Diploma to start investing, it certainly helps to trust your money to someone who does have one.
The key to ending up where you want to be financially is to first decide where that is. It would be nice if we could all retire early and be unreasonably wealthy, but that’s just not realistic. Taking an honest look at your entire financial situation will allow you to set a course with achievable goals. In many ways investing is a gamble, so risk tolerance should be taken seriously.
Long-term financial security might not sound particularly glamorous, but it is a reasonable and (usually) attainable goal if your money is handled wisely.
Even the safest investments hold some degree of risk. It is important to understand that any investment can result in losing some or even all of your money. While bank deposits are federally insured, securities such as stocks, bonds, and mutual funds are not.
In the long term, higher-risk stocks and bonds often see better returns on your investment – some of them paying out generously. While the high reward is tempting, the possibility of losing your home if things go wrong should be a compelling enough reason to play it safer. In the short term, cash-equivalent assets such as bank certificates or treasury bills are far more stable. The primary risk with cash equivalents is that their growth is so minimal it can sometimes be outpaced by inflation.
Fortunately investing is not limited to one extreme or the other. A proper financial portfolio contains a balance of higher-risk investments, tempered with a foundation of lower-risk investments. The proportion of risk you take should be weighed against the long-term goal you established in your roadmap. Relying too heavily on safe investments likely won’t be sufficient for your child’s college fund or your retirement. Balance accordingly!
One of the most common adages associated with investing is “Don’t put all your eggs in one basket.” It may be tempting to invest heavily in a single company that is performing well, but what goes up can also come crashing down. Selecting a group of investments within each asset category can protect you against inevitable fluctuations tied to individual companies.
There are many names for personal financial protection – nest egg, security blanket, emergency fund… Essentially they all come down to building insulation against unforeseen hardships. As your wealth grows, it is always prudent to set aside some of that money in a secure savings option. If a job loss or economic downturn hits, it’s reassuring to have the resources to fall back on until things improve.
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If any of the above information was intimidating or confusing, don’t feel bad. That’s why so many people rely on professional Financial Planners to manage their money. Conversely, if you found the above fascinating and want to learn more about building profitable portfolios, perhaps a career in financial planning is the way to go!
ABM College offers a comprehensive Financial Planner Diploma program. In addition to gaining a versatile set of financial skills, it opens up several lucrative career options. On top of their base salary, most Financial Planners earn performance-based commissions, bonuses, and profit sharing.
On the subject of finances, don’t forget that February marks the start of tax season in Canada. Eager taxpayers will be able to file their income tax return online as early as February 20, 2023. Procrastinators will have until April 30, 2023 to do the same. If you don’t have a Financial Planner handy, you can read our recent blog for some helpful tips that will get you started.
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