Gone are the days when you could work for the same company for your entire career, then retire and receive a nice pension in your golden years. Now, you must exercise the discipline to save money for your own retirement. One of the most important things you can do for your financial future is to start investing.
The younger you are when you set clear financial goals, especially for your retirement, the better. However, no matter how old you are, there is no better time than now to begin investing for your future and your retirement.
There are many strategies when combined together, can net you a golden nest egg in retirement.
Invest In Your Financial Education
The first thing you can do is invest in mutual funds or buy a few blue-chip dividend-paying stocks. No, you don’t need to go back to college to learn how to do this. In fact, many online trading companies offer education centers. Here you can learn the ins and outs of online investing. Often, the sites also have virtual stock market games where you can practice investing in the stock market before you invest your real money.
In addition to trading sites, you can also find free online courses about learning how to invest. Also, don’t forget investing blogs with the strategies that suit your objectives. Also reading good financial books, attend seminars, and signup for courses.
Focus On Low-Risk Strategies
When you’re just starting out, be cautious with your investments until you’ve gained more experience. In general, focus on low-risk strategies at first – even if this may limit your profits in the short-term. For example, index investing or indexing with a combination of a few blue-chips, is a far better strategy than trading.
Ultimately, risking more money may result in higher profits – but it can also wipe you out with losses and brokerage fees. The online trading graveyard, is full of keen beginners who were overzealous in the early stages.
Don’t forget to consider your age and how much time you have to invest. The older you are, the more conservative your investments should be. When you’re younger, you can be a bit more aggressive because you have more time to recover should you experience a loss.
Don’t Sell When Markets Are Down
One of the key skills to master when you’re trading online is when to sell. In general, a long-term buy and hold strategy is the best strategy. As the old adage goes, “it’s time in the market that counts, not timing the market.”
Just remember, when it comes to long-term investing, don’t panic and sell when the market is down. Often, if you can just ride out market turbulence, you will regain your money. Even though there may be downturns in the economy, overall, you’re likely to see your money grow throughout the years.
Buy a Modest House
Buy a modest home. Warren Buffet, one of the richest men in American, can happily live in a modest home worth just $250,000. You don’t need to live in a McMansion. Pick a house that is modest and well within your price range. Ideally, this will be a home that you can afford on one income, even if you’re a dual income household.
Pay off your mortgage as quickly as possible. The faster you can get out from under your monthly house payments, the better. Not only will you save a tens of thousands of dollars in interest, but you’ll also free up plenty of money every month to invest.
Buy a Rental Property
One way you can invest surplus income, is to buy a rental property. Ideally, this property will bring in enough money monthly to cover all expenses for the property itself, if not more.
Some people, as they pay off their mortgages, keep snowballing the money. The money that is now available can be invested into the next property, growing a rental empire in the process. Once all of the rental properties are paid for, you’ll bring in a tidy sum of monthly rental income.
While you can no longer depend on a company pension, there are plenty of activities you can do to create your own retirement income. Ultimately, investing for yourself can be much more satisfying and lucrative. No matter how old you are, there is no better time than now to begin investing for your future and your retirement.