When Should You Save and Invest Money?

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It is important to understand the similarities and differences between saving and investing your money. It is also important to be sure that you are doing both within your budget and wealth building plan. Basically, saving money is putting money aside on a regular basis. You spend less money than you earn and put the rest into the bank. You should have this be an automatic part of your monthly budget.

Saving money is an important part of being financially successful.

What Is Investing?

Investing is taking this a step further. Once you have a good amount saved, you can begin investing money. Investing is the way that you will begin to really grow your money and begin to build wealth. If you keep your savings in a savings account, the amount of interest you will earn will be very small. However, if you invest in mutual funds or stocks, your interest rate will be much higher. You will eventually come to the point where your investments make more than you are contributing each month. Your wealth really begins to grow at that point. Investing is a bit riskier since the money you put into the stock market does not guarantee you a return and it can negatively affect your 

What Should I Invest in? 

When you begin to build wealth, it is important to spread your risk. Mutual funds are an easy way to spread your ris,k as well.

These funds are spread out over many different stocks, so that if one company fails, you do not lose everything. You should have your money invested in more than one mutual fund. You don't need to have twenty mutual funds, but three or four is a good start. If you feel confident with investing in individual stocks, be sure that you spread your investments over a wide variety of companies and business types.

It is not enough to invest in different companies if they all in the same industry because sometimes entire industries can take a hit. 

You may consider investing in other things. One example is real estate. This can bring you a good passive source of income. Real estate also tends to rise in value over time. However, do not do this until you are ready to purchase in cash, and can cashflow any repairs or other expenses involved with the real estate. Real estate can be a good steady investment, but it also has risk, since property values can go up and down. It also may require more work on your part depending on how you choose to rent it out and whether or not you use a property management company which can cut into your profit. 

When Should I Start Investing?

Most financial advisers recommend that you wait to start investing until you have paid off the majority of your debt. Investing will not begin to help you build wealth until you spend less than you earn and you focus on getting out of debt. Your net worth is determined by subtracting your debt from your assets, if you accumulate debt as fast as you save and invest, then you are not going to come out ahead. Begin budgeting, and then you can begin saving and investing effectively.

The interest rate you pay on your debts is usually higher than you will make on the returns of many investments. You should have money in your emergency fund, that is not invested. It needs to be easily available without taking a big penalty for accessing it. A money market account at your bank is a safe place to put this.

Who Can Help Me Start Investing?

If you are ready to invest, you may be wondering how to start. A financial adviser can explain the different types of investments that are available to you. He can explain the risks and the potential gains to help you find investments that you are comfortable with. Another option is to select an online brokerage site. The fees are lower and if you know the types of investments you want to do, you can save money. It is important to remember that investing is a long-term prospect and you need to be prepared to ride out the times when the market is not doing as well.