Investing is one of the most overlooked yet important aspects of human life. Many people put off investing or simply do not put any of their money away their entire working life and when it comes time to retire, there is nothing there for them. In this world of uncertainty when it comes to Social Security, it is imparitive that an individual invests some of thier income for their future use and retirement. Putting off investing is one of the most hurtful things you can do for your future. When it comes to investing, time is your greatest ally. Time allows you to earn compound interest on your bank accounts, own stocks whose dividends are reinvested and whose shares split, as well as own properties that continually increase in value.
There are many excuses for someone to put off investing. "I'm too young, I'll start in a few years when I am making more money." "I don't have the money right now, I have kids to raise, I'll start when they move out." "If I don't have any money saved, there will always be Social Security for me." Pretty soon, someone finds themselves nearing the age of retirement with little to no money waiting for them when they finally retire. This is not a fun situation to be in. When most people are retiring that individual is forced to stay in the workforce to support themselves and make a futile effort to build some kind of portfolio to allow them to retire before life gets the best of them.
When many people think of investing, they think of the stock market. Though this is a major part in investing, it is by no means the only one. There is real estate, Bonds, and even banks. You may wonder how a bank can be considered a good investment. Though it may not make you much money on your money, they are a place to build up your funds to invest other places. A bank can be an important stepping stone on the road to a comfortable retirement. It is also important not to tie all of your money up in one place. Have a little bit in real estate, a little bit in the stock market, a little bit in bonds, and yes a little bit in a bank as a backup. This is kind of like a safety net. If one part of your portfolio should underperform one year, the other parts should pick up the slack. A correctly diversified portfolio will always be making you money no matter what is going on with the economy at any given moment.
You should always try to save a portion of you income. Set a resonable percent and pay yourself first. Try not to touch that money that you pay to yourself. If you are going to come up short one week, try to find some other source for your money. It is important to get this saving habit down early and to follow it strictly. Right from your first adolescent job you should be saving your money for your future. In fact, the years when you still live at home are the prime years to get a good base in your portfolio. An adolescent living at home has very little expenses. Though they will most likely make minimum wage or close to it, with the lack of expenses that go along with living with ones parents, they can afford to invest much of the money that they make. This comes hard to most teens living at home. They get some money and they want to hurry up and spend it on movie tickets or new cds. This fall back to the pay yourself first method. If they take a portion of their check out right when they first get it and forget about that portion, it forces them to give up some of the unnecissary items or find some other productive way to make some extra money to get them.
The bottom line is your biggest ally when it comes to investing is time. You can never get time back and its powers to aid you in having a comfortable and early retirement are priceless. DO NOT put off investing. If you haven't started saving money, go out today and open a bank account. It is very important to save when you can so it is there for you when you wish to have it. You must also remember that is wise to have a diversified portfolio. The saying "Don't put all of your eggs in one basket" rings true. Hopefully this website will be of some use in helping you to decide how and where to invest your money. Take your time and read all the articles, they are methods that I feel are good ways to build a strong portfolio and to gain financial freedom at an early age to allow you to enjoy your family during the most important years of your life.
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