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Investing for beginners: what is investing, anyway? Might sound like an easy question, but investing can get pretty complicated pretty fast. Let’s chat about a few forms of investing, as well as a big risk you may not have previously considered–NOT investing.

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what is investing?

investing for beginners

Investing for beginners: what is investing, anyway? Might sound like an easy question, but investing can get pretty complicated pretty fast. Let’s chat about a few forms of investing, as well as a big risk you may not have previously considered–NOT investing.

What is investing and why should you do it?


Have you ever heard the phrase, “let your money work for you?” The theory behind investing is simple. You want to buy something now that’s going to be worth a lot more later so that you can build your wealth. That’s what investing money is. Buying something, holding that something for a certain period of time, and then selling that something when it’s matured in value.

 

What’s the other option? Not investing. When you leave your money in a regular bank account, you’re not letting your money work for you. By letting it sit there, you’re losing an opportunity to make much more.

 

 

People invest their money in many different ways:

 


Investing in Stocks

 

Investing in stocks is the most common form of investing that families engage in across the country. But it’s just one of many ways to watch your money grow. And before we focus in on the stock market, let’s talk about some other forms of investing.

 


Real Estate Investing

 

Ever wonder why there’s a building down the block with construction that’s been ongoing since forever? Developers have made a real-estate investment in the hopes that developing the property will increase its value and they can sell it later on for a lot more than they put into it.

 


Retirement and Savings Accounts

 

Other common forms of investing are retirement and savings accounts. Ever heard of a 401k or an IRA? For those, you invest money consistently over time so that it can grow for when you reach retirement. When you’re a million years old, you’ll be thankful you invested in your retirement savings.

 

 

These are three of the most common forms of investing, but there are many other ways you can invest your money.

 

 

Should YOU be investing your money?

 

So, the obvious question. Should you be investing your money? When does it make sense to start? The easiest answer is: as soon as it feels comfortable for you to do so and you’ve understood and weighed the risks. Stay tuned as we dive deeper into the investing world, and we’ll tell you about those risks–and so much more.

 

 

Source(s): Forbes, Investor.gov

what's in this lesson?

Investing for beginners: what is investing, anyway? Might sound like an easy question, but investing can get pretty complicated pretty fast. Let’s chat about a few forms of investing, as well as a big risk you may not have previously considered–NOT investing.

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What is investing and why should you do it?


Have you ever heard the phrase, “let your money work for you?” The theory behind investing is simple. You want to buy something now that’s going to be worth a lot more later so that you can build your wealth. That’s what investing money is. Buying something, holding that something for a certain period of time, and then selling that something when it’s matured in value.

 

What’s the other option? Not investing. When you leave your money in a regular bank account, you’re not letting your money work for you. By letting it sit there, you’re losing an opportunity to make much more.

 

 

People invest their money in many different ways:

 


Investing in Stocks

 

Investing in stocks is the most common form of investing that families engage in across the country. But it’s just one of many ways to watch your money grow. And before we focus in on the stock market, let’s talk about some other forms of investing.

 


Real Estate Investing

 

Ever wonder why there’s a building down the block with construction that’s been ongoing since forever? Developers have made a real-estate investment in the hopes that developing the property will increase its value and they can sell it later on for a lot more than they put into it.

 


Retirement and Savings Accounts

 

Other common forms of investing are retirement and savings accounts. Ever heard of a 401k or an IRA? For those, you invest money consistently over time so that it can grow for when you reach retirement. When you’re a million years old, you’ll be thankful you invested in your retirement savings.

 

 

These are three of the most common forms of investing, but there are many other ways you can invest your money.

 

 

Should YOU be investing your money?

 

So, the obvious question. Should you be investing your money? When does it make sense to start? The easiest answer is: as soon as it feels comfortable for you to do so and you’ve understood and weighed the risks. Stay tuned as we dive deeper into the investing world, and we’ll tell you about those risks–and so much more.

 

 

Source(s): Forbes, Investor.gov

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