The Investment Landscape: Where We Are, And Where We Want To Go

The Investment Landscape: Where We Are, And Where We Want To Go
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    Less than 30% of people 30 years old and younger are putting their money in stocks.

    Having grown up in the shadow of the Great Recession, and seeing first-hand the repercussions of the dot-com bust of the early 2000s and the fiscal crisis of 2008-2009, it's hard to fault today's younger investors for being a little tightfisted when it comes to money and investments, and for being financially risk adverse.

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For Millennials and investors of any age, there is a need, however, to re-examine this stance, especially in light of the changes in the overarching financial situation.

The time to invest is now

It may seem obvious that younger people have more time for invested money to grow and for their future retirement than older people.  Consider this: someone who starts investing in their 40s will have to make three times the amount of money to be able to retire comfortably at age 65 compared with someone who starts investing in their 20s.  With time being such an important factor when investing, regardless of your age, the time to start investing is now.  Think you are too old?  Consider a 60 year old has a good chance to live until 90.  That’s 30 years money can be placed into the stock market if that is a suitable investment for someone at that age.

Slow and steady is the way to go

Investing and the potential returns you can make are not about hitting it big.  It’s about consistent saving and investing and not letting swings in the market shake you from your investing plan.

Where to start

With thousands of stocks to choose from and various different investment products, it is a daunting task to decide what to buy and when.  Make sure you do your research and don’t guess.  Some investment categories like real estate, have wide swings.  The prudent move is to consult with a financial consultant to find out where to start and what is most suitable for you.

Diversify your holdings

The biggest lesson of the recent financial crisis is that no company is too big to fail, and no company’s stock is a sure thing.  Therefore, investors need to minimize company risk and industry or sector risk through diversification rather than putting your investment dollars in one basket – one company or one industry.

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Avoid over-reliance on tech

Tech is good.  Tech makes life easy and interesting.  In fact, tech goes a long way towards making investing easier.  Just make sure that you’re not relying on tech for a majority of your investment portfolio. 

Stay focused on your investing goal

Keep your ultimate goal front and center when making investment decisions: financial security.  Make a plan on how to achieve your financial security.  Make sure to put enough away for emergencies, and keep plugging away until you get to where you want to be.

Author Bio

AOG Wealth Management is a wealth management firm providing investment management services in a boutique setting. We understand each client has unique life goals and our team approach to financial services ensures that we address your needs.

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