How to invest smartly.

It is possible to start investing with little money; you do not have to have thousands of dollars to start the investment journey. Knowing where to invest and knowing the right investment practices are very important if you hope to reap the benefits of your hard work.

Do your research.

Through research, you’ll be able to know which investment platform works for you. Nowadays, with the advent of online platforms, you can do a search and pick an investment platform that fits your needs. You need to consider a platform that is easy to understand and one that has the potential for growth.

 If you do not want to walk the journey alone, you may consider getting an investment broker who can give you the right kind of advice. You will find that you will need to work with a number of consultants including financial experts, tax lawyers amongst others. This is very important if you do not want to find yourself facing tax prosecution or losing a lot of money because of a poorly made investment choice.

 If you opt to pick the investment vehicle on your own, do not start out with a very big amount of money. This will make it possible for you to cut your losses early, without heavy financial loss if the investment does not work out.

Think long term.

 Many people go into investment hoping to make quick cash in the shortest time possible. Those who have made a lot of money in the investment arena will tell you that it is better to have a long term plan when you’re investing and allocate an amount that will give you good returns. When you start out on the investment journey, you should have a well thought out plan and timelines for achieving it. If for example, you want to buy a house in the next 10 years, then look for an investment vehicle that can assure you of some returns during that time. Set the time to 10 years and let your money grow without you constantly changing the investment vehicles you are using.

 Diversify your portfolio.

Some people may argue that you should have as many investment vehicles as possible so that you spread your risk around. The most seasoned investors will tell you that this is not a good idea because spreading your risk around is based more on fear than an actual understanding of how the financial markets work. Take a maximum of three investment vehicles so that you’re able to carefully monitor what is happening to each one. Having too many portfolios means that you’ll get careless about some, and may not be able to arrest a potentially negative situation because you did not pick up on it.

Investing is very important because you should always let your money work for you and not the other way around. With an investment, you’re sure that you will get a steady flow of income even when you retire from active work. Look for the right vehicles and make sure you understand everything that is happening in the financial markets so that you do not lose your money.

Author: Chakraborty

Dr Chakrabarty is the Chief Innovation Officer of IntuiComp TeraScience. Earlier she was Assistant Professor of Delhi University, a QS ranked university in India. Before that she has held research positions in IITs and IISc. She holds 2 patents and over 20 publications in her name. Her area of research is in smart technologies, integrated devices and communications. She also has a penchant for blogging and is an editor of Business Fundas.