Five steps to plan your investments
1. Set your goals
- What are my top financial goals?
- When do I hope to reach those goals?
- How much money do I want to save?
2. Find out what kind of investor you are
- How do I want to approach investing?
- How important is it to me to keep my money safe?
- How comfortable am I with the idea that I may sometimes lose money if I want to grow my savings faster?
- How important it is to me to make a good return on my investments?
3. Pick a mix of investment types
- What types of investments do I understand and want to buy? Some types of investments may grow faster than others. A good mix of different investments (your asset mix) will help you get enough growth, while keeping losses in balance.
- Am I comfortable choosing my own asset mix? If not, get some expert advice.
4. Choose specific investments
- Once you know your asset mix, you can choose specific investments of each type.
- Do a lot of research before you decide. Look at how an investment has done in the past and how well it may do in the future.
- Again, many people get expert advice.
5. Keep track of your investments
- Keep good records of your investments so you will know how well each one does.
- If you have an adviser, check that he or she is following your investment instructions.
Remember: Smart investing starts with clear goals and good information
Make sure you understand the investments you are thinking about. Make investment choices that you can live with.
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