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How do I Start Investing?

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  • Written By: Felicia Dye
  • Edited By: Melissa Wiley
  • Last Modified Date: 09 September 2018
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There are several things that you should do before you try to start investing. To begin with, you need to determine what your goals are. Then you need to make specific, but feasible, commitments. Understand the investment vehicles that you choose and their associated costs. You should also realize that investment tips are useless if you never start investing.

Setting goals is an essential first step for new investors. Some people, for example, invest for a living, and others do so for retirement. Different goals tend to require different strategies and the use of different investment vehicles. It is highly advisable for you to seek advice from a financial adviser while you are in the planning stages.

If you are planning to invest regularly, you need to commit yourself to doing so. Commitments are generally easier to stick with if they are specific. This means that you should decide on an investment budget and how frequently you will invest. To be able to do this, you will most likely need to review your overall financial situation. Be careful to make sure that your investment budget is at a comfortable level so that you do not jeopardize your goals or feel forced to tap your investments for bills and expenses.

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It is important for you to understand what will happen to your money once it leaves your possession. This means that, before you start investing in stocks, you should have an understanding of the stock market. The same is true whether you choose certificates of deposit (CDs), bonds, or an individual retirement account (IRA). In addition to understanding how these investment vehicles work, you should also be aware of the associated costs. In many cases, due to fees, the amount that you spend will be different from the amount that is actually invested on your behalf.

Recognize that investments are not magic wands. Even when money is wisely invested, it may take some time to grow. Do not allow greed or impatience to prompt you to make decisions that are unnecessarily hasty or unreasonably risky. Having realistic expectations can also prevent you from getting discouraged and using the invested funds irresponsibly.

One final step that you need to take to start investing is to avoid procrastinating. Do not allow yourself to fall among that large group of people who are always planning to put money away but whose plans are never realized. You cannot accomplish the goals that you set until you actually start working toward them.

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