The Basics of Investing

By: Ade Lamidi
Investing can be defined in many different ways. It can be termed as the proactive use of your money to make more money or, to say it another way, it is your money working for you. Another way of looking at it is when you use your savings to buy something and think you will earn a decent amount of income and/or go up in value over time.

The concept behind investing is that you put your money to use in such a way that it is likely to turn into more money. So investing is not only an opportunity to make more money, but away to protect the money that you currently have.

Short-term investing or day trading cannot be classed as investing because it's virtually impossible to see the very near-term future of a stock, however if you enlighten yourself and then take a long-term perspective, there is an excellent chance that you will earn a great return on your investment. In retrospect, investing will require a more conscious decision.

When you put your money to invest that and it accrues value at a slower rate than the rate of inflation it will worth less and less as time passes.

So in other words, you have to be creative and take some risk if you want to make more from your initial investment.

Stock Investing is more than just the receiving the right to receive future cash distributions from any business. When you initially buy a stock, you are buying a piece of a company or business and you become a part owner. For example, a lot of the people that joined Microsoft in the early days became part owners as well as employees of the company and ended up as millionaires because the value of Microsoft shares shot up.

There are different characteristics that set investing in stocks apart from savings. Trading in stocks differs from investing when you consider that trading relies more on the fluctuations of the stock value itself. Furthermore, stock investing risks are not distributed equally across all time-periods in which it is possible to own stocks.

Real Estate investing is another form of investing that can generate wealth. However, most people are lead to believe that real estate investing is only for the wealthy folks. What seems to amaze me it the amount of people who get started in real estate investing, only to fail when the going gets tough. Buying and flipping real estate over time has proven to be a great way to get started in real estate investing. Another way of taking advantage to real estate investing is to use the no money down concept and keep your ethics intact. A lot of people continue to ask if it is possible to get a piece of real estate without any of your own money. There are different ways to invest in real estate with none of your own money. It all depends on the value of the real estate in question when you purchase it. If you can get it at a reasonable discount to actual value, there are specialist lenders that will borrow you all the money up front in exchange for a good return on the money they borrowed you.

Finally, succeeding in investing will require you to anticipate the anticipations of others. The real key to investing is to minimize the outward risk and to maximize the financial reward. Investing could be termed as the science and art of trading off risk against reward.

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