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How to be a Smarter Investor


1st Jan 2015 Managing your Money

How to be a Smarter Investor

You want to make the right investment decisions to secure your financial future. Finding smart ways to invest money and drawing a personalised investment plan around your needs can help you make the most of your savings. Here is a quick look at how you can make smart investments and the steps to take to maximise your money.

Get to Know Your Investment Personality

When it comes to smart investing, knowing your investment personality helps you make the right decisions. Everyone has a different relationship with money and different outcomes they wish to achieve. You need to know your investment personality in order to improve your decision-making and to find the best investment opportunities for you.

Consider your attitude towards risk and your current risk tolerance. You need to be honest with yourself on how much you know about different investment options and what your investment goals are.

You can map out your ideal investment scenario together with your realistic investment options.

Define Your Goals

Investing is much more focused once you know why you are investing, but surprisingly, almost half of Brits don’t have financial goals.

Smart investing is all about defining your goals and working out the most efficient way to achieve the objectives. You’ll most likely have both short-term and long-term goals and choosing the best investments depends greatly on what your ultimate objective is going to be.

Your investment goals might change throughout the years and this isn’t a problem. Go through your portfolio once a year and review your objectives. If your goals change, just adjust your investments accordingly. Remember that some investments will have fixed terms attached, so you might change your objectives one year but have to wait until the next to try a new investment.

Start Small

You don’t need to know everything right from the start. You’ll become smarter investor the longer you invest and therefore, you want to start by taking small steps at first. The key is to invest as soon as possible, even if you are investing just small sums of money.

This also means that you shouldn’t choose the toughest investment options at first. Invest in a pension fund or buy some gold as an investment at first. You can build up your investment knowledge over time and even venture into stock trading once you are comfortable with investing.

In addition, you want to invest regularly instead of just making one investment and waiting for it to grow. Regular investments not only keep you more focused, but also ensure that you start as soon as possible, since you don’t need to worry about having a lot of money at hand to invest.

Diversify Correctly

Diversification is one the key aspects of smart investing. It is essential that you learn about it and that you don’t invest in only a single fund or choose just one type of investment. The Money Advice Service provides great resources for leaning more about diversification.

Even though diversification is necessary, it doesn’t mean you should spread your investments too thin. It’s a good idea to first ensure you have both savings and investments. After that, you can pick two to three different investments and focus on these. If you invest only small sums across a variety of investment types, you won’t be able to reap the same benefits as you would by focusing on certain key investments.

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