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If you have a lovely little nest egg sitting patiently accruing interest in your savings account, that may be enough to satisfy your need for your money to work for you. However, if that shockingly low interest rate is sending you spiralling into depression, you need to do something about it. There’s no safer place for your money than in a savings account. But, is it the best place to witness your nest egg growing? Every day people are choosing to withdraw some of their hard earned cash to find different investment avenues. These are inevitably more risky, but they are also more lucrative leading to a bumper nest egg and a more comfortable future.
When you look into investment options, you may decide a route down property lane, forex street or stocks parade. However, you don’t have to put all of your eggs into one financial basket. It’s more prudent to spread the risk to mitigate any investment failures that may arise, and to ensure that at least one of your investment options is fruitful. If you are keen to take a dabble in more exciting but riskier financial entities, read on to ensure that you maximise your profits.
The world of bricks and mortar has been described as safe as houses when it comes to making money. Hundreds of people every week are choosing to make a foray into the property world as a side hustle while keeping their full time job. They may have been seduced by the daytime TV shows that make it seem easy to buy a house at auction, renovate it and sell it for a profit. Or they might enjoy the idea of gutting a derelict home, remodelling it and selling it on for a lucrative profit. Or they could be one of those amateur investors who likes to think of themselves as a property mogul in the making.
If you are motivated to invest some of your hard earned cash into property, it’s vital that you do your research. It doesn’t matter whether you are flipping a profit to make a quick buck or whether you are holding onto your asset and letting it out, you must try and purchase at the optimum price. Too steep, and you could find yourself in negative equity. Ensure that you future proof any purchase by buying a pad in a well to do area. Sure, you could opt for that up and coming area, but it may have been up and coming for the past decade. Head online and check out the property market history for the area you are looking to buy. With any luck, the houses will have been increasing in value every year for the past five. If this is the case, then buy.
Check out crime statistics, commuter links, and schooling options. If these come up smelling of roses, you will appeal to young families, professionals and retired couples alike. It’s vital that you purchase in a sound location with decent future prospects. This way, you are mitigating the risk to your investment.
If you like to think of yourself as a potential landlord, consider letting out your dwellings. You might like to purchase a flat or two in prime commuter belt country to appeal to young professionals. Or you might prefer to secure a couple of suburban three beds to appeal to the young family market. It doesn’t matter what property you choose, you must consider your responsibilities as a landlord. You need to be on hand to sort out leaky pipes, a broken oven or a faulty alarm. If your full time job already requires you to work all hours God sends, it might be wise to look into securing the expertise of a property management services company who can maintain your property for you. You won’t have to worry about being woken at two in the morning with a panicked tenant on the end of the line worrying about a flooding issue; you have outsourced this worry to somebody else.
When it comes to renovating a pad to sell, make sure you don’t get too personal with your fixtures and fittings. Remember this is a business. You might adore the bright red kitchen cabinetry and the magenta pink bathroom suite, but the chances are that your buyers will wince. Instead, opt for a more neutral palette. Yes, this might be boring and make every creative muscle in your body spasm when recoiling in horror, but at least your potential buyers will be able to put their own stamp on the place. Set yourself a budget and stick to it. Don’t overspend on frivolous things that aren’t needed. No one buys a house for the hot tub out the back. Set yourself a contingency and list every job that needs doing. By doing this, you can work out your optimum profit and sales price to ensure a lucrative return on your investment which will give you enough readies to pump into another investment option.
If you fancy a dabble in the trading sphere but don’t know where to start, consider taking a look at the Forex trading market. Plenty of amateur investors take a punt on this exciting way to make money. You will have to speculate to accumulate, and this option is risky and not for the faint hearted, but the rewards can be astronomical.
Begin by opening a dummy account on one of the many Forex trading platforms. This is completely free and you will be using pretend money while you are in a practice mode. Here, you can attempt to learn the art of buying Yen against the Dollar, and selling the Pound against the Renminbi. Monitoring the markets and working out how and when to sell to maximise the currency you have is tricky. There are algorithms to learn, history to study and financial forecasts to ponder. However, if you have enough time on your hands, you do your research and you enjoy getting stuck in to learn a new skill, you can make a small fortune.
After you have spent a month or two with your dummy account, and you are starting to make dummy profits, it might be time to have a real go. This time you will be using your hard earned cash so start small and build up your profits. Try and quit while you’re ahead and reinvest the fruits of your labour elsewhere. If you are struggling with a dummy account, and you are finding yourself in the red, don’t even attempt to take the plunge for real. Your skills may be better suited elsewhere.
Many people will be aghast that this is even suggested as an investment option, especially with the downturn of the cryptocurrency market. However, buying when the virtual currency is low can have its rewards. Investing in this highly volatile and unregulated realm shouldn’t take up your whole investment portfolio. You may want to purchase only a tiny portion of one bitcoin and see how your investment plays out over the long term. This can be done. Tread cautiously, and only ever invest what you can afford to lose.
While most people consider wine as a delightful tipple to partake in at the weekends after a particularly stressful week at work, it can also make a sound addition to your investment portfolio. You might be keen to study the most sought after vintages and buy a case of Rioja in the same way as you would a painting by a highly regarded artist. Keep hold of it for a decade or more, keep it stored in a cellar, and keep an eye on the market. Wines tend to get better with age, more scarce and more expensive.
Get The Professionals In
If you are struggling to work out how to spread your money across investments, it might be time to get an investment manager or financial advisor on board. These professionals make a living out of investing other people’s money wisely. While they will take a small percentage of any profits that you make, this will keep them motivated to ensure that your money pays you back handsomely.
You can discuss with your advisor the sorts of risks that you are willing to take. As such, they will come up with a strategy, with usually a mixture of low, medium and high risk investments. You could find yourself investing in a small startup in silicon valley, a crowdfunding initiative or in the shares of a FTSE100 company. Trust your advisor but keep an eye on your investments. It is your money, so ultimately you are responsible for its fate.
Investing across a spectrum of options is the safest way to ensure that you mitigate risk and maximise your return. Keep some of your cash in your savings account, but select other avenues down which to invest your money. Do your research, use this guide to inspire your investment options and prepare for your financial future.