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Investing Tips For Beginners

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Investing Tips For Beginners

Those who don’t know anything about investing tend to fall into one of two categories: people who think it’s incredibly easy to get involved, and people who think it’s impossible to understand the first thing about investing.

Though you do have a lot to learn if you want to be successful when investing your money, it isn’t impossible to increase your net worth through the stock market. But it’s also not a get-rich-quick scheme, either. Before you dive into the stock exchange, there are a few things you should do and understand first.

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Set a purpose

Okay, so obviously your purpose for wanting to invest in the stock market is to make money. But why do you want to make more? How much are you willing to invest? How long are you willing to wait until your investment pays off? Like I said, you won’t start making money overnight, so it’s in your best interest to think long-term. Are you looking to pay off school loans or your mortgage? Are you trying to save for retirement? Or do you want to ensure you have some money saved up at the end of each year?

Once you set a goal, do some research regarding the length of time and the amount of money you’ll need to invest in order to reach that goal. Be realistic, and you’ll end up being much more successful.

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Know the risks

Investing your money in the stock market is definitely a risky venture, especially if you haven’t done the proper research. Even if you have done the research, there’s always going to be the possibility that you could lose everything due to factors beyond your control. You have to be okay with that. In other words, don’t put out more money than you can afford. Investing too much money leads you to make decisions based on emotions rather than logic, and will almost certainly lead to ruin. As long as you are comfortable with the possibility of losing the money you’ve invested, you’ll be able to make sound decisions that will benefit you in the long run.

Understand the basics

Earnings per share, return on equity, fundamental and technical analysis. If that sounds like a foreign language to you, do not put your money into the market just yet. Don’t just hire a broker and hand them your money while asking them to work their magic, either. You should have a full understanding of exactly how your money is being invested. Otherwise, you run the risk of being played by a broker with an ulterior motive. Understand the different types of investment accounts available for your goals, so you can have a good idea of how to make your money work best for you.

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Diversify

The most important piece of advice I can give you when investing your money is to never put all your eggs into one basket. Creating a diverse portfolio ensures that, even if one of your investments fails, you’ll almost certainly never lose all of your money. Diversifying your funds also allows you to set different goals for your investments. An investment in an ETF is much different than a gold IRA investment account in terms of the amount of time and money needed to be successful.

Use your own money

I previously discussed the importance of only investing money which you can afford to lose. Along with this, you should never invest money that you’ve borrowed from a bank or other service. Leveraging, or borrowing money to be invested, will ultimately destroy your profit margin once you take into consideration factors such as interest and brokerage fees. Not only that, but if you invest money that’s been loaned to you and the market crashes, you’ll still owe that money, with interest, to the entity you borrowed it from. If you want to experience true monetary gain through the stock market, use your own money, and only your own money.

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33 Painless Ways to Save Money Now

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33 Painless Ways to Save Money Now

In a difficult economy, most of us are looking for ways to put more money in our pockets, but we don’t want to feel like misers. We don’t want to drastically alter our lifestyles either. We want it fast and we want it easy. Small savings can add up and big savings can feel like winning the lottery, just without all of the taxes.

Some easy ways to save money:

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  1. Online rebate sites. Many online sites offer cash back rebates and online coupons as well. MrRebates and Ebates are two I like, but there are many others.
  2. Sign up for customer rewards. Many of your favorite stores offer customer rewards on products you already buy. Take advantage.
  3. Switch to compact fluorescent bulbs. The extra cost up front is worth the energy savings later on.
  4. Turn off power strips and electronic devices when not in use.
  5. Buy a programmable thermostat. Set it to lower the heat or raise the AC when you’re not home.
  6. Make coffee at home. Those lattes and caramel macchiatos add up to quite a bit of dough over the year.
  7. Switch banks. Shop around for better interest rates, lower fees and better customer perks. Don’t forget to look for free online banking and ease of depositing and withdrawing money.
  8. Clip coupons: Saving a couple dollars here and there can start to add up. As long as you’re going to buy the products anyway, why not save money?
  9. Pack your lunch. Bring your lunch to work with you a few days a week, rather than buy it.
  10. Eat at home. We’re busier than ever, but cooking meals at home is healthier and much cheaper than take-out or going out. Plus, with all of the freezer and pre-made options, it’s almost as fast as drive-thru.
  11. Have leftovers night. Save your leftovers from a few meals and have a “leftover dinner.” It’s a free meal!
  12. Buy store brands: Many generic or store brands are actually just as good as name brands and considerably cheaper.
  13. Ditch bottled water. Drink tap water if it’s good quality, buy a filter if it’s not. Get 
      a reusable water bottle and refill it.
    • Avoid vending machines: The items are usually over-priced.
    • Take in a matinee. Afternoon movie showings are cheaper than evening times.
    • Re-examine your cable bill. Cancel extra cable or satellite channels you don’t watch. Watch the “on demand” movie purchases too.
    • Use online bill pay. Most banks offer free online bill paying. Save on stamps and checks, and avoid late fees by automating bill payment.
    • Buy frequently used items in bulk. You get a lower per item price and eliminate extra trips to the store later on.
    • Fully utilize the library. Borrowing books is much cheaper than buying them, but in addition to books, most local libraries now lend movies and games.
    • Cancel magazine/newspaper subscriptions: Re-evaluate your subscriptions. Cancel those you don’t read and consider reading some of the other publications online.
    • Get rid of your land-line. Do you really need a land-line anymore if everyone in the family has a cell phone? Alternatively, look into using VOIP or getting a cheaper plan.
    • Better fuel efficiency. Check the air pressure in your tires, keep up with proper auto maintenance, and slow down. Driving even 5MPH slower will result in better fuel mileage.
    • Increase your deductibles. Increasing the insurance deductibles on your homeowners and auto insurance policies lowers premiums significantly. Just make sure you choose a deductible that you can afford should an emergency happen.
    • Choose lunch over dinner. If you do want to dine out occasionally, go at lunchtime rather than dinnertime. Lunch prices are usually cheaper.
    • Buy used:  Whether it’s something small like a vintage dress or a video game or something big like a car or furniture, consider buying it used. You can often get “nearly new” for a fraction of the cost.
    • Stick to the list. Make a list before you go shopping and don’t buy anything that’s not on the list unless it’s a once in a lifetime, killer deal.
    • Tame the impulse. Use a self-enforced waiting period whenever you’re tempted to make an unplanned purchase. Wait for a week and see if you still want the item.
    • Don’t be afraid to ask. Ask to have fees waived, ask for a discount, ask for a lower interest rate on your credit card.
    • Repair rather than replace. You can find directions on how to fix almost anything on the internet. Do your homework, and then bring out your inner handyman.
    • Trade with your neighbors. Borrow tools or equipment that you use infrequently and swap things like babysitting with your neighbors.
    • Swap online. Use sites like PaperBack Swap to trade books, music, and movies with others online. Also, look for local community sites like Freecycle where people give away items they no longer need.
    • Cut back on the meat. Try eating a one or two meatless meals every week or cut back on the meat portions. Meat is usually the most expensive part of the meal.
    • Comparison shop: Get in the habit of checking prices before you buy. See if you can get a better price at another store or look online.

    Remember that saving money is not about being cheap or stingy; it’s about putting money into your bank account rather than giving it to someone else. There are many ways to save money, some you’ve never thought of, and some that won’t appeal or apply to you. Just pick a few of the ideas that sound doable and watch the savings add up. Save big, save small, but save wherever you can.

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