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Effective Ways to Choose Investments

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Here are basic and essential steps to follow in choosing the right investment for your specific needs and goals:

1. Assess your personal needs and goals

Take ample time to consider why you want to invest and what you want to get out of it. Since nobody knows you better than yourself, your goals and your needs, as well as your tolerance for risk, start by analyzing your daily expenses and determine where you can get the money to invest. Online apps can help you do this money fact-finding process.

2. Decide how long you want to invest

When do you need the money you will invest? Soon or much later? Depending on your goals (a home purchase will differ from a bike purchase) your time target will vary and also influence the degree and form of risks you can handle. Here are examples:

Saving for a deposit to buy a house in two or three years will not suit investing in shares or funds since their value fluctuates. Opt for a cash savings account, such as Cash ISA.

Let us say you want to set up a…

How do the Wealthy Invest?

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If we knew how the wealthy invest, we can begin setting the stage for our own financial success. Who else can teach us the prudent and secure steps toward increasing our chances of building wealth than the rich themselves who constantly ponder ways to do so? In spite of the fact that the wealthy also make significant mistakes that affect their gains, they remain on top of their game and bring in money, making the envy of many people. That is no accident. With diligence and the ability to get the proper financial advice, they have the knack for succeeding in enhancing their assets.

A recent Trust survey covering wealthy individuals revealed that one-third of respondents obtained their fortune by investing. Their secret, of course, lies in the right investment vehicles to choose. How can we imitate the wealthy and succeed as well? Here are some tips:

1. Portfolio diversification. Successful wealthy investors have learned that betting on single stocks, such as Tesla Motors or Apple…

What Should You Invest In?

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Stocks, bonds, bank accounts or IRAs? How do you choose?

With several types of investments to choose from and also thousands of sub-categories under them, finding the most suitable investment choice can be a daunting task.

First off, the main consideration in any long-term investing decision is the rate of return expected from it. At times though, investing in short-term investment can enhance your wealth even if the returns are not as high as you want them to be. You can select from among these common short-term savings vehicles:

Short-term savings vehicles

Bank savings account: The most resorted to savings medium availed of by people, which provides small returns but better than keeping your money at home where it could be stolen or spent easily.

Money market funds: These funds are a type of special mutual funds that are invested in exceptionally short-term bonds. Money market fund shares are always valued at $1 whereas most mutual funds can have uncontrolled prices. Although they pay h…

Learning How to Invest (Part 2)

Planning and setting objectives

Investing is a long-term process, like planning a long vacation. Ask yourself these questions before you embark on this endeavor:

• What is your destination? (What financial goals do you have?)
• How long is your vacation? (What is your time frame in investing?)
• What should you bring along? (What investments forms will you choose?)
• How much gas do you need to use? (How much will you invest to achieve your goals? How much can you invest a regular plan?)
• Do you have stopovers on the way? (What short-term financial expenses do you have?)
• How long is your vacation? (Will you have to retire using your investment?)
• If you run out of gas because you frequently stop to rest and drive through the night, you are bound to spoil your vacation. So it is if you do not save enough money, if you invest haphazardly or fail to invest at all.

Answer these questions judiciously and honestly. Muddling th…

Learning How to Invest (Part 1)

What is investing all about? How do you start?

If you have decided to enter the world of investing, learning how to invest must now dominate your time and focus. Two steps will help you on your way.

Initially, you need to rebuild your financial outlook to prepare yourself in investing. After that, learn the technique of investing, for example, how to open a brokerage or a mutual fund account. These basic steps will launch your course to a meaningful and productive investment life.

Defining investing

In essence, investing involves spending your time, effort and resources to attain a higher objective. For instance, you spend weekends with a social group to do charitable work, use your talent in the arts to create works of beauty and value or apply your profession in your job or your business to earn a living. In the same way that you do these things hoping to gain valuable rewards, you likewise invest your money in a bond, mutual fund or stock with the goal of achieving material benefits i…

How the elderly can be financially-protected

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Getting old can bring about so many challenges which schooling and early experience could not train and prepare us sufficiently to eliminate or minimize the pain and loss. Take the case of Max Tharpe, an accomplished photographer, who managed to inherit a large stash of stocks which afforded him a comfortable life in retirement. Having no heirs to pass on his estate, he chose to donate his wealth to charitable church groups when he turned 87. And so, one day he went to the office of Edward Jones & Co. in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. in 2007 for that very purpose.

In February 2008, Mr. Tharpe asked his stockbroker to sell only one position, his Wachovia Bank shares, whose branch had given him such poor service. He also told the broker to maintain all the rest of his portfolio. And this is when the whole thing blew.

Based on the arbitration award handed down by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, or Finra, and the narrative account of Todd Zuckerbrod, Mr. Tharpe’s lawyer in the c…

How to buy investments

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Buying investments can seem daunting if you haven’t done it before. Follow our step-by-step guide.

· Do you need help?
· Checklist for buying investments

Do you need help?

Have you decided what type of investment you want? Are you reasonably sure of what investment or product features you are looking for? If not, consider going to a financial adviser. The adviser will help you with these choices and with the buying process.

Checklist for buying investments

Are you intending to buy individual shares? You need to use a share dealing service and the cheapest tend to be online. You can find out about different types of service and search for a provider by:

· Visiting the Wealth Management Association website.

· Using the Investors Chronicle stockbroker comparison tool and table.

· Are you looking at investment funds? Use the Investment Association website to find out more about the types of funds available and where to go for more information. To com…

Do you need a financial adviser?

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If you’re looking to invest, buy a financial product or plan for the longer term, whether or not you need financial advice will depend on a number of factors such as what product you are looking for, how complicated your finances and personal circumstances are and your short and long-term goals.
·What services do financial advisers offer? ·Types of financial adviser ·What are the benefits of getting advice? ·So when do you need financial advice? ·Find a financial adviser ·What services do financial advisers offer?
Professional financial advisers carry out a ‘fact find’ where they ask you detailed questions about your circumstances, your goals and how you feel about taking risks with your money. Then they recommend financial products that are suitable and affordable for you.
Types of financial adviser
Financial advisers offer services ranging from general financial planning and investment advice, to more specialist advice, such as the suitability of a particular product such as a pension.
In the…

The 10 Best Ways to Buy Tech Stocks

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By: Kyle Woodley

U.S. News & World Report ranks the best exchange-traded funds for tech lovers.

Semiconductors, software and IT services.

The heart of the technology sector's earnings season typically brings with it a lot of big swings, even in the bluest of blue-chip tech stocks. But you can avoid the volatility from quarterly tech earnings season by getting some of your exposure in a more well-rounded way: via exchange-traded funds, which let you invest in the sector as a whole, or in specific industries such as Internet companies or semiconductor makers. Here's the top 10 tech ETFs as of this writing, as ranked by U.S. News & World Report.

1. Vanguard Information Technology ETF (VGT)

The dirt-cheap VGT is also a strong performer, beating out the S&P 500 in total returns at 143.46 percent to 136.74 percent since inception in late January 2014, and it's no slouch at $9 billion in assets under management. Still, the XLK has the overall performance advantage, with…

How to Find a Financial Advisor

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Although the use of financial planners is growing, most Americans still tend to take a do-it-yourself approach to building a portfolio and saving for retirement.
Forty percent of respondents in a 2015 survey by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards say they utilized financial advisors, an increase from 28 percent in 2010. And while most people are handling their own finances, there are distinct advantages to hiring a professional.
A financial advisor can give investors the discipline to resist investing or divesting reactively, says Angela Coleman, fiduciary investment advisor at Unified Trust Co., headquartered in Kentucky. "We take the emotion out of it," Coleman says.
With the Internet, the world is awash with financial advice, and professional financial advisors can act as a filter, says Andrew Barnett, relationship director at Global Financial Private Capital in Sarasota, Florida.
Financial advisors are a good option for helping clients assess their risk tolera…

Is a volatile stock market still the best alternative to risible savings rates?

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Investing in shares is not without risk, but if you do your research and can commit to a long-term strategy you could prosper. Esther Shaw reports

Like many people who want to make their savings work for them, Louise Dungate has become increasingly frustrated by low interest rates. Undaunted by the prospect of taking a risk, the knitwear designer from Balham in south-west London decided to dip her toe in the stock market in an attempt to get a better return.
Despite the unsettled financial climate, the decision has proved profitable for the 29-year-old following her first investment 18 months ago. “Prior to that I’d had money in cash Isas,” she says. “As I’m self-employed I don’t have a regular salary, and need to make my money work as hard as it can.”
Dungate made her first investment in a self-invested personal pension (Sipp). More recently, she opened a stocks-and-shares Isa. “My Sipp now includes investments with Unilever and Lloyds. In the past 18 months I’ve seen the value of my po…