Trading and investing into the financial markets has never been more popular. More and more people are starting to see the benefits of taking a little time to, first invest in themselves through a trading and investing education, but also using that knowledge on the financial markets.
Whilst traders may take quicker positions and investor will most likely be holding positions for much longer, perhaps months or even years. So, if you fancy investing into the financial markets successfully, and profit from companies you already know about like Google, Facebook or Microsoft, then these are the ten essential things that an investor must do and know before they start. Let’s take a look…
1. What are your goals?
It sounds simple but many people start investing into a trillion dollar market without any type of plan which, let’s face it, is essentially a gamble. Whilst it can be very simple to invest profitably for the long-term you must define your goals as this will align your expectations correctly, so you don’t kick yourself in the teeth if you don’t hit a million dollars in one day. For example, knowing whether you are investing for the next five or twenty-five years can make a huge difference to how you decide to invest. Continue reading “10 Essential Investor Tips For Successful Investing”
Many Americans are on a financial pace to have to work until they are dead. According to the Employee Benefit Research Institute, the median amount workers nearing retirement age have saved is a mere $77,000 and the median salary for that age group is $61,000. What’s even worse is that 50% of the private sector population doesn’t even have a retirement plan! How did this happen?
First, many Americans believed that Social Security would be there in the end. Social Security is already paying out more than it is bringing in. Given that the first wave of Baby Boomers is starting to retire, this situation is only going to be worse. Social Security most likely won’t make it through the 40 million plus Boomers set to retire over the next decade, nor will it be there for future generations.
Second, many Americans believed that their company would provide a pension for their retirement. The reality is that only about 11% of the private sector is actually covered by a pension. The combination of company paid pensions and Social Security was supposed to provide the Baby Boomers with sufficient income through their golden years.
Unfortunately, most Americans failed to have an effective plan B. Continue reading “Work Until You’re Dead?!”
Warren Buffett, a popular investor and one of the world’s wealthiest people once said: “Someone’s sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.”
And you can have your spot under the shade too – through careful and prolific investments.
Though the current economic conditions may still seem unstable, the benefits of investing rings true in any market, and in any time.
Making investments means putting your money in something that would make it grow. Simply put, it’s also equivalent to making your hard-earned money work for you. Unlike saving your money in a bank, investing is focused more on getting returns.
Starting to invest though, is more than just about having the money. It is not just about knowing where to concentrate investing either. Continue reading “The True Value of Investing”
Making the decision to start investing in precious metals is a smart one, but it is only the first step. The next decision you will need to make is how to purchase your gold and silver. You have more than one option, each with its own advantages and disadvantages. In this article I’ll cover the three basic ways you can start adding gold and silver to your investment portfolio.
Mining Stocks. The first way is the simplest and the most common. This is how your investment advisor would probably advise you to invest in gold and silver, by buying the stock of companies that explore and mine precious metals. When most people think of investing they think of buying stocks, bonds and mutual funds through either their 401K or Individual Retirement Accounts (IRA’s), which makes this option seem like an easy choice. There are several gold and silver mining companies whose stocks are traded on one of the stock exchanges. There are also mutual funds that specialize in various segments of the mining industry – gold, silver, platinum and even the more exotic metals. Buying gold by investing in mining stocks is an indirect way of diversifying into the precious metal field and it has the advantage of being easy and familiar – buying one stock is just like buying any other.
As the demand for hard assets increases this can be a very profitable way to diversify your investment portfolio and take advantage of the relative strengths of the precious metals market. The chief disadvantage is that individual mining stocks often move with the general stock market which might not correspond with the price of the metal. The situation might arise where gold and silver are rising in price while the mining stocks are going down. Continue reading “Three Ways to Invest in Gold and Silver”
Throughout the human history, gold was considered to be one of the most reliable and valuable currency. It clearly established its domination over other currencies irrespective of the cultures and empires that prevailed. Gold was often referred to as an international currency and it still remains that way even today. This wide popularity has turned the gold market into a very lucrative investment sector for people across the world. They have made direct and indirect investments into this sector. This has also caused the entry of a large number of online websites and established companies into the gold market.
A general fact to note here is that the gold price is not determined by a single nation or community. Therefore, gold was able to put up a consistent performance throughout these years. Consistency is one factor that has always been a trade mark of gold currency. So, many international traders use gold as their currency. All these unique advantages that gold possess has made people to make decisions in favor of gold investment. Since, this is a highly complicated market one would require the assistance of experts.
Even though, investment in gold is relatively safe, it is not free from all potential dangers and risks. One should be well prepared and informed before setting out to invest in this market. There are various forums and discussion boards on the internet where one can obtain a lot of vital information on the trends and throbs of the gold market. People who have prior experience with other investment markets would soon discover that the gold market is entirely different from the others. Continue reading “A Beginners Guide to the Gold Market”
You want to diversify where your savings are deposited? How much should you invest in gold? Should you buy this and take delivery?
Here I offer 5 tips for the new Investor in this precious metal.
1. How much should I invest?
This is a personal decision, but most commentators would recommend anything from 5 – 25% of your wealth should be in gold. It depends on how ‘bullish’ you are. This metal is an insurance for the bad times and it will never go to zero in value. Many other investments have that possibility.
2. How much bullion should be in my possession and how much in a vault?
It is sensible to have some physical bullion in your possession. The ratio is yours to decide. Small bars and coins are the best option. You can buy small tradable pieces (or coins). Always buy pure 9999 coins.
For bullion storage try some of the better known gold and silver bullion companies. Make sure the company matches your investment with the actual physical gold.
3. Where do I store my physical bullion?
Most people buy a safe and install it in a secure place in their home. Others put it into Bank Deposit boxes. Or you can split between the two. With some companies you can opt to store your pieces in a secure vault in Switzerland. Continue reading “Investing in Gold For Beginners”
In today’s turbulent economy, one thing is for certain, gold coins are a good investment. Since the days of the ancients, gold has been used to bolster economies, and now you can do the same for your coin portfolio. By having gold coins as part of your portfolio, you are assured the overall value of your collection will increase as the price of gold increases. Precious metal coins can be purchased with ease these days, as they are available on the internet. Gone are the days where you would have to find a reputable coin shop.
Simply by going on eBay you can find a vast number of gold coins. Some of the more popular gold coins are American gold quarter eagle, eagles, and double eagles. Of course, the most popular of those is the St. Gauden’s Double Eagle, which depending on the dates, can fetch up anywhere between, $1000-$20000. A St. Gaudens Double Eagle from 1933 sold for a record $7.5 million dollars in 2002, the highest price ever paid for a coin.
Here is a list of the top 10 reasons to invest in gold coins:
1. Coins is Liquid, remember, bullion is Liquid. You can sell you precious metal coins pretty much at any time and anywhere and get cash.
2. You a virtually assured a profit. As an investment, gold continues to increase in value. In January, 2004 your were paying about $400 per ounce, in 2008 your were paying about $900 per ounce, simply a great investment. Furthermore, coins can become scarce, especially older coins from the 18th and 19th centuries. Continue reading “Investing in Gold Coins”
Right now you’re probably thinking that gold bullion investing is something best left to the pros. Yes, the majority of traders making noise are professional investors. But there are some easy ways to get into the bullion market, and gold could be a good investment for you. Of all things to invest in, gold is probably one of the most liquid investments. And much unlike many of the other commodities, it is literally traded 24 hours a day everywhere in the world. This means you can buy and sell gold in about any country.
Mom always said to not put all your eggs in one basket, and this is why gold should form the foundation in your overall investment portfolio. If you have only paper in your portfolio, know that gold tends to move in the opposite direction of paper investments. It really stands out as a diversifier. With your stocks, bonds and cash, gold can help offset fluctuations in the market. There are a lot of financial advisers that recommend having 5 to 10 percent of gold in their portfolio.
A real good way to get into the gold bullion market is by investing in the American Eagle. This coin is the only bullion coin whose weight, content, and purity are backed by the United States government. Think of the confidence you can have buying them. American Eagle gold coins require no assaying and they can be converted to cash at any moment. Simple to keep track of, American Eagles are tied to the spot gold price, plus a small premium to cover mintage and distribution. Continue reading “Easy Gold Bullion Investing”