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Tips for First-Time Investors

February 26, 2019 (Investorideas.com Newswire) For many people, the idea of investing is something that should be left to the wealthy. After all, you can only afford to make investments if you come from money, right? Actually, that's not the case. Investing money doesn't have to be for the wealthy, and actually should be something everyone should do. Investing money can help ensure a more secure future when you're ready to retire and help supplement your income in retirement. However, if you've never invested money before you may feel a little intimidated and not be sure where to start. Here are some tips first-time investors can use to make the most of their money.

Start Small

You don't have to wait until you have a large windfall of cash to start putting money aside in investments. In fact, the sooner you start putting money away the sooner you can take advantage of compound interest, which adds up over the long run and can be helpful when you're ready to retire. If you can't afford to put away hundreds of dollars from each paycheck, instead opt to put away a little here and there until you can afford to put away larger chunks of money. If you're the type of person who has a hard time putting money into savings after you receive your paycheck and pay your bills, then automate a portion of your paycheck to go into an investment account. That way, you never have to worry about putting money aside to invest and you're guaranteed to have a steady amount of money being put away each pay period.

Know Your Risk

When learning how to invest money, you should know your risk tolerance. Risk tolerance is the amount of risk you're comfortable taking on and can depend on several different factors. For example, if you're in your early 30s and plan to work for several decades before retiring, then you have more time to play the market and can likely afford to take on more risk than someone who's in their mid-50s and planning to retire within the next few years.

Diversify

You've likely heard the saying not to put all your eggs into one basket. The same is true for when you handle your investments. You shouldn't put all your money into one type of investment because not all investments are guaranteed. You should diversify your investments to include some riskier stocks and other, safer alternatives that won't pay out as big but are likely to provide more steady growth over time.

Reevaluate

You should always plan to reevaluate them every so often to be sure you're still on track with your portfolio. If you see something you aren't happy with or want to change your investment strategy, you can rebalance your portfolio over time. As you get closer to retirement, you should plan to rebalance your portfolio regardless so that it's not as risky. As you receive raises over time, you should also increase your contribution rate so that your investments can continue to grow.

Investing doesn't have to be scary or only for the wealthy. These simple tips can help you with your investment strategy if you're not sure where to start.

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