Do you like to invest your money? What do you typically invest in? Stocks? Bonds? Real estate? Precious metals? Do you think you’re a long-term investor or a short-term investor? Let’s explore the various types of investing and decide whether you are attempting to make short-term gains or whether you’re truly looking to prosper in the distant future from your investments today.
Long Term Investments
Many of you work in corporate jobs that offer 401(k) plans. Some of your companies even offer a match up to a certain perfect of what you put into your retirement fund. If you are contributing some of your earnings into a 401(k) account, this is most definitely a long-term investment. Your money is put into this account with the expectation that it won’t come out before you reach the age of 59 ½ years of age. If you do, then you will be penalized a percentage of your fund’s current value. If you are putting money into this account for a short term gain, please don’t because it won’t pay off for you.
Real estate is another great form of a long-term investment. Well, as long as you’re purchasing it as a rental that is. At this time, real estate can still be purchased for a reasonable rate. Let’s say a property is valued at $100,000 (just to keep things simple). The rent for this property will most likely be $1,000 per month, or $12,000 a year. So, even if you have the absolute perfect renter that pays every month and stays for an entire year, you’ll still only collect 12% of your investment for that year. But, as a long term thinker, you realize that not only are you gaining a return on your investment, but the equity in your rental home is also increasing. So, you could actually be earning 17% or more on your house instead of just 12%. If you earn that over the course of 30 years, you’ll have quite the chunk of change!
Short Term Investments
If you head to the bank, they have a few short term investment options available to you. For starters, you could invest your money into a simple checking account that pays interest (my credit union pays 3%). They also offer CDs that pay just a little more than 1%, but if you don’t plan on doing anything with your money for the next year anyway, then it might be a decent way to make a quick buck.
The stock market is a great place for people that like to make short term gains. In fact, spread betting is one of the most popular ways to earn money fast. If you believe that a stock price will move up or down from its current state, you could place a spread bet for more money than you’re actually putting down, and you don’t even have to buy the stock to do it! A great deal of money can be made in a short period of time, but of course a great deal could be lost as well. Invest wisely.