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    6 Things You Need To Know About Investing

    6 Things You Need To Know About Investing

    Investing can seem like a great way to build your finances, but there is a great deal to learn about before you part with your hard-earned cash.

    Fortunately, you can read all about the most important things you need to know about investing in the post below.

    The earlier you start the better your return

    Investing works in a way that allows you to accrue money over time. This means the earlier you start investing the more you can end up with.  Yet this is not the only benefit of starting your investment journey early as you can also absorb more risk when you begin earlier in your life. This means you have the potential of some very high returns and if they don’t work out you’ll still have time to make up your losses before you need to access your profits for things like retirement.

    Don’t put all your eggs in one basket

    When it comes to success in investing it is crucial to diversify your investments. This means not just putting all of your money in a single stock, but it also means not putting all your money in a single type of stock class. For example, instead of putting all your money into cryptocurrency, diversifying by spreading your money across property, bonds, and futures will help if any of those markets experience a catastrophic crash. Indeed, if the worst does happen it means you won’t lose all of your money because it will be spread across several markets.

    Remember to offset your losses

    Loses in investing are common, after all, you can lose as well as make money and nothing is guaranteed. The good news, however, is that not all is lost even if you do experience losses because you can use them to pay less capital gains tax on the sale of any successful investments.

    For example, if you sold a stock for a $10,000 profit, but had a $2000 loss in the same tax year, you could offset the $2000 against the ten and only end up paying tax on $8000.

    Have a good grasp of the markets

    Another important thing to remember about investing is that you need to understand and monitor the markets in which you are investing. Do your due diligence and properly reach any companies, markets or assets you are considering investing in.

    For instance, if you want to invest in silver, taking a look at current silver pricing, as well as its performance over the long term is essential. The reason is that it can help you make an informed decision about whether to invest or not.

    Don’t fall foul of gurus

    Anyone can say they are investment experts these days, and with social media being so popular it can be hard to work out who is genuine and who is just doing it for the like and the sponsorship.

    Additionally, in the field of investing, several scams rely on people taking the advice of these so-called gurus. One of these is known as a ‘pump and dump’ scam. The premise is that a supposed expert starts spreading the word that a certain stock is likely to rocket shortly (the pump), convincing people to buy more of it. People believe them and buy more of this stock, so it initially seems as if their prediction is coming true. However, what the innocent investors in the scheme don’t realize is that people linked to the ‘expert’ have bought a massive amount of shares in this stock when its price was very low, then as the price rises, they sell these shares (dumping them) and make a fortune. Unfortunately, as a great deal of the shares are sold, it establishes their value and their price falls. This means innocent investors are left with shares whose price has just drastically reduced, while the originator of the scheme has made a fortune.

    Investing is a long-term activity

    Last of all, when it comes to investing it’s crucial that you realize for the most part it is a long-term activity. While it’s true that some people make money day trading, most investors see the best returns over the long term, which means putting money into their portfolios and leaving there, as well as adding to it.

    In this way any profits they make compound and build over time. Additionally, it’s crucial to remember that while it can be scary if the value of your investment does go down, nothing is financial until you pull the money from your account. Indeed, instead of panicking and emptying your accounts,  it’s often better to leave it and let it go back up again as so often happens with investments.

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