Ease Into the World of Investing (1)

It is done by the United Nations. Governments do it. Businesses do it. Managers of funds do it. It is done by millions of everyday workers, including factory workers and business owners. Housewives do it. Children and farmers alike do it.

“It” is investing here: the art and science of making, preserving, and increasing wealth in the financial markets. In this article, some of the most pressing issues in the investment industry are discussed.

Let’s begin with your goals. Even though it is evident that the objective is to increase wealth, there are three specific reasons why institutions, professionals, and individuals like you and I invest:

For Growth, i.e. for long-term growth in the value of their investments, investment professionals (such as fund managers) spend a lot of time balancing these competing objectives. For Security, i.e. for protection against inflation or market crashes. For Income, i.e. to receive regular income from their investments. You can do almost the same thing yourself with a little time and education.

The degree of risk with which you are comfortable should be one of the first questions you ask yourself. To put it another way, How much are you willing to risk losing? Your personality, experiences, number of dependents, age, level of financial knowledge, and a number of other factors influence your risk tolerance level. Your level of risk tolerance is taken into account by investment advisors so that they can assign you a risk profile (such as “Conservative,” “Moderate,” or “Aggressive”) and suggest an appropriate investment portfolio (more on this later).

However, knowing your own risk tolerance level is also important for you, especially when dealing with your own money. Instead of causing you pain, your investments should bring you comfort. There is no assurance that you will profit; It is possible for even the best investment decisions to backfire on you; “Good years” and “bad years” are always present. Always invest only what you can afford to lose because you never know when you might lose all or part of your money.

You will want to take some or all of your investment money out at some point. When is it likely to occur: in a year, five years, ten years, or twenty-five years? At this point, it’s clear that you’ll want an investment that lets you take at least some of your money out. Your investment timeframe, whether short-term, medium-term, or long-term, will frequently determine the types of investments you can pursue and the expected returns.

There is some risk involved in all investments. The relationship between risk and reward is one of the “golden rules” of investing: The risk you must take is proportional to the desired reward. The risk (and reward) associated with various investments can vary greatly; It is critical that you are aware of the potential dangers associated with any investment you make. There is no investment that is risk-free, and your bank deposits are no different. First, despite the fact that bank deposits in Singapore are rightfully regarded as extremely secure, banks in other nations have failed in the past and continue to fail. Moreover, the average inflation rate from January to November 2010 was 2.66 percent, while the highest interest rate on Singapore dollar deposits up to $10,000 was 0.375 percent. Simply leaving your savings in the bank was costing you money.

There are a plethora of investment types, or “asset classes,” available today. You are already familiar with some, like bank deposits, stocks (shares), and unit trusts, but you should be aware of several others. Some of the most typical include:

Investment-Linked Products (ILPs) include bank deposits, shares, unit trusts, exchange-traded funds, gold, and investment-linked products. The fact that ILP offers life insurance is its main advantage.

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