Investing Tips for Beginners

Written by Emily Liu

On June 18, 2020

According to the poll from MagnifyMoney, 77% of American investors agree that their biggest regret with investing is not starting earlier. However, the world of investing can be intimidating for beginners because it is full of uncertainty. New investors are unsure of what they should invest in, whom they should listen to, and how they should start. Many people are excited to jump in with investing and put a lot of money into it. Without considering financial risks, they could find themselves losing money. Therefore, we’d like to give new investors some tips on creating an investment strategy.
 

Set Investment Goal

 
A good starting point for investors if deciding on their investment goals. Rob Williams, Charles Schwab’s vice president of financial planning, says, “Having tangible goals is a good motivation to keep saving and investing.” When setting a goal, investors should consider their age, financial situation, and personal circumstances first. After that, they can create a short, medium, and long-term goal. Giving each target a time frame, they can develop an excellent investment plan according to their goals. Ensure that all investment goals are realistic and stay within the available financial means.
 

Diversify the Investment

 
The market is always fluctuating, so investors shouldn’t put all their eggs in one basket. Most investment professionals agree that diversification of investments is beneficial to reach long-range financial goals. Investors can allocate their money among various financial instruments, industries, and other categories. In this way, even when some stocks are falling, they will be able to have other stocks rising. Diversification can help investors minimize financial risks and maximize returns.
 

Automation of Investments

 
The market is uncertain and unpredictable. Sometimes investors may think the market is too high and decide to wait to buy anything but find themselves waiting too long and missing out on potential gains. Automation can help investors solve this kind of problem. It is the best way to avoid human bias and emotions. Investors can set up automatic savings deposits, retirement contributions, and monthly investments. These automation methods will allow investors to save time and effort, so they can seize all the opportunities and accomplish their financial goals with as little work as possible.

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