- Determine Your Financial Goals
What is it that you hope to achieve by investing? Are you looking to buy a home? Do you want to save money for retirement? Saving money to send your children to college? Once you know your what you want, an investment counselor can figure out the best plan to help make your financial dreams a reality.
- Make Sure You’re in a Good Position to Invest
Before investing money, be sure you have no other pressing needs to be taken care of first. Pay off any outstanding credit card debt so you aren’t throwing money away on interest rates. Make sure you have a healthy emergency fund saved up. An emergency fund should have enough money to cover 3-6 months worth of living expenses in the event of sudden unemployment or other crisis.
- Consider Several Investment Opportunities to Diversify Your Portfolio
When it comes to investing, there is safety in numbers. Investing all your money in one or two ways is a bad idea because if one of them takes a hit, you have nothing else to fall back on. But if your portfolio is sufficiently diverse, your other investments should be able to soften the blow of one investment not performing very well.
- How Much of a Risk are You Willing to Take?
All investments involve taking a risk of some sort. It’s up to you to decide if you want low risk investments or high risk opportunities.