Many people shy away from investing because it means giving a portion of your hard-earned money away for what appears at first to be very little reward.
But in truth, investing is actually one of the best financial decisions that any of us can make, and the best time to start is when you’re young.
I don’t mean you should start when you’re twelve, unless of course you’re a very well-off twelve year old, but it would be a good process to start when you start earning money.
For most of us, that happens in and around our 20’s. So if you’re in your 20’s and you’ve got some income rollin, maybe you should think about investing.
Here’s some things to keep in mind if you decide to take the plunge.
Look Into a 401(K)
Many companies will offer you this service, and it’s something that there isn’t a whole lot of logic in refusing.
A 401(K) is essentially a retirement plan that will be sponsored by your employer and it allows for workers to invest a portion of their payment into a retirement fund before it’s taxed.
I know it seems weird to be thinking about retirement when you’re in your 20’s, but you are going to get there eventually, and it would be nice to have quite a bit of money saved up right?
Besides, if you take advantage of a 401(K) and go about it the right way, you won’t even have to think about it all that much. The fund will take care of itself.
You should be able to control how much money comes out of your paycheck and so you can plan your personal budget around it.
Research. A Lot.
The one downside to investing when you are this young is that you don’t really know a whole lot about the business world just yet.
You’ve never invested before and you don’t have any experience dealing with any major companies.
The stock market is complicated, things can change very quickly and there is always going to be new opportunities popping up.
A lot of this stuff can be predicted and adapted to by the people who are already well-versed in the investing world. This is not you.
Experience is a great teacher, but you can get ahead of the game if you do a ton of research and studying.
Find out which companies are currently reputable for giving out a high Return on Investment (ROI) and also find out which stocks are historically valuable investments.
Have a look at something like the Russell 2000 Index which is a great resource for finding small cap investments. There’s tons of sources like this online that will help you invest wisely.
The thing that prevents a lot of young investors from succeeding is their lack of commitment to their investments.
If you are investing and then backing out before any real earnings have been made so that you can invest somewhere else, the same thing is just going to happen to you again.
ROI takes time. The stocks you invest in are not going to skyrocket overnight and that’s why it can feel so frustrating for some people.
The most effective way to make money in investing, is to invest in the right places and the allow those investments to flourish.
In this game, history is on your side, companies that have historically offered a high ROI are more likely to continue to do so.
Of course, there is no absolute guarantee here, but you are never going to be able to predict the stock market turnover yourself so it’s just not worth trying.
Do the research, make the right choices and then stick by them. This will work in your favour in the long run.
So as you can probably tell, the key here is to be very thorough about where you choose to throw your money.
When you have inexperience, which you almost certainly do if you’re in your 20s, you must rely on the experience of others. Make educated choices and you will see the results.