Investing Basics " What Are Your Investment Goals?

By: Marc Abrams

Many first time investors want to jump right in with both feet when it comes to investing. Unfortunately, this frequently ends in disaster. Regardless of the investment, investing requires some degree of skill. It is important to realize that very few investments are a sure thing - you can easily lose your money!
Before getting started, you should not only learn as much as you can about investing and how it works, but you also need to define your investment goals. What do you hope to achieve with your investments? Will you be retiring? Funding a college education? Buying a new home? Before you invest a single penny, really think about what it is you hope to achieve with that investment. Knowing your goals will help you make the right investment decisions along the way.
Many times, people invest money hoping to get rich quick. Even though it is possible, it is also rare. It is a bad idea to start investing with that kind of attitude. The better way is to invest in such a way as to grow (or compound) your investment earnings slowly over time. However, if your goal is to shoot for the stars as it relates to investments, you should study high-yield, short term investing before you invest.
If you are new to investing, consider talking to a financial planner before making any investment decisions. A financial planner can help you reach your goals by determining what type of investment vehicles can be used in your situation. He can give you realistic information about the kinds of returns you can expect and how long it will take to reach your investment goals.
Again, remember that investing requires more than calling a broker and telling them that you want to buy stocks or bonds. It takes a certain amount of research and knowledge about the market if you hope to invest successfully.

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