What advice would give your younger self? Although it may include many tips on life or relationships, it likely includes tips on savings and investing as well. Mostly likely, you wish you'd started sooner in life. As an investment and financial planning professional in Murfreesboro, TN, we have these types of conversations with clients on a regular basis.
No matter your age, you may be worried about the basics of your financial life, like budgeting and saving. We specifically have noticed this trend among millennials, which are individuals currently ages 26 - 41. While four in five millennials have started saving for the future, only one in two millennials are investing.1
Whatever your age, investing can be an intimidating endeavor. Because of this, it’s possible you’ve put off investing or haven’t given it much consideration. Regardless of where you currently stand with investing, here are five tips to help you get started and make sure that you are on the right track.
Tip #1: Start Early
You don’t need to be earning six figures in order to start investing. If you’re able to, start small with what you have. A modest amount of money can grow exponentially over time thanks to the power of compound interest. Starting a small investment creates a habit now and can create a big payout later down the road.
Tip #2: Invest Regularly
While it may be tempting, it isn’t productive to wait around deciding when the perfect time to invest is. This is called trying to time the market, and it has a reputation for not always being a favorable move for the investor. Instead, try investing small amounts of money on a scheduled basis, like clockwork, which is referred to as dollar cost averaging. It’s also important to invest regardless of your recent returns, as past performance does not guarantee or indicate future performance. Instead, create a plan and stick to it.
Tip #3: Diversify
If you only invest in one company or sector, you could lose a lot of money if something causes those stocks to drop. Avoid putting all your eggs in one basket by keeping your portfolio diversified and investing based upon your age, time horizon, and goals.
Tip #4: Enroll in Your Company's RRSP
If you’re a full-time employee, you may have the option to enroll in your company's retirement savings plan, such as a 401(k), 403(b), or other qualified plan. After enrollment, you’ll likely have the option to automatically divert a fixed amount from every paycheck into the plan. Also, any income you earn in the retirement plan is typically exempt from tax until you make a withdrawal.2 Not only does this option have tax-saving advantages, but you also won’t even have to think twice about when or how much to invest.
Tip #5: Work With an Advisor
You are always going to have a certain amount of bias when it comes to your money. This can make it tricky to make fact-based investment decisions. An investment advisor offers unbiased, educated guidance to help you make investment decisions based on your long-term goals, not short-term worries. An advisor can provide the dedicated time, know-how, and coaching needed to properly manage a portfolio that you yourself may not have.
Hindsight is 20/20, and there are ways in which everyone wishes they would have handled their money differently in the past. If you’re just beginning to build your portfolio, take the advice we wish we could give our past selves. These five tips are just the beginning, be sure to speak to an advisor before making any big decisions regarding your financial future. As an advisor located in Murfreesboro, TN, we partner with clients to guide them toward a bright future rather than dwelling on the things we should have done in the past.
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