I was recently asked:
These Economic Times
The future, so we are told in the Bible, is always uncertain. In fact, one of the great mistakes of some of the people in the book of James is that they presumed upon the future (James 4:13-14). They forgot that their economic and mortal future was in the hands of God.
Every financial bear market followed a season or a time of relative (or extreme) market strength. One of the greatest investing mistakes a person can make is to forget that the stock market always carries risk. It carries risk during times of economic growth and prosperity as well as times of financial uncertainty.
These economic times simply call for us to do what we should always do – make wise investing decisions based on our own financial goals.
The Best Investment
Thus, the best investment depends completely on your risk tolerance and your investment time frame.
Important Investing Rule: The greater the returns you can expect, the greater the risk you must take.
A lot of people get into trouble with investing because they believe they can get something like a 10% guaranteed return. This violates the above investing rule.
Your investing returns will depend on the risk you are willing to take. If you are a low risk taker, you can expect minimal opportunity for losses and minimal opportunity for gains. If you are a high risk taker, you can expect a greater opportunity for gain and a greater opportunity for loss.
As such, CDs and money markets will not earn you more than a couple of percent, but you will not likely lose any money. These are low risk, low return investments. In this market, if you have money you cannot risk you could consider building a CD ladder or opening high yield savings account.
Even in this economy the stock market does have potential for gains, but also an equal potential for loss.
Typically, you should have a 5-10 year time frame for stock market investments. One way you can help regulate your returns would be to consider value averaging or dollar cost averaging.
In the stock market, there is a whole array of options from single stocks, to mutual funds, to index funds. How you invest your money in the stock market depends on your financial goals. The risk you are willing to take in exchange for greater returns.
I just recently sold most of my non-retirement funds. That was my best investment choice because I’m using the funds for another financial purpose. However, if I didn’t need to access that money, I would leave it there until I needed it. This simply illustrates that there is no such thing as a best investment across the board, For most people, the mirror is the biggest stock market indicator they need to watch.
Here’s some other investing articles to help you find your best investment:
- How to Assess Your Investment Risk
- Investing for beginners
- Basics of stock market investing
- Index Funds, Mutual Funds, & ETFs Defined
- How To Start Investing | A Step By Step Investing Guide For New Investors
- The benefits of mutual funds
- Mutual funds may be a bad way to invest
- Important Mutual Fund Tax and Capital Gains Facts Every Investor Must Know
What advice do you have for this reader? Do you believe there is a ‘best investment’ during these economic times?
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