Tips on becoming a successful investor

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We should all approach investing with focus and a great awareness of the portfolios we’re building. This may entail doing solid research work, a willingness to stick with the investment during hard times, and knowing when the moment has arrived to pull out. After all, any such endeavor is a calculated risk.

Remember that while you cannot control market volatility, you have all the powers to control how much you put away. Make a conscious effort of monitoring how often you save, not just how much you earn. Your retirement outlook and overall financial future largely depends on your willingness to save more. We suggest setting aside about 15% to 20% of your annual income and putting the money into your retirement account.

Another advice is to work on a long-term plan. Investing is not about just hitting it big and getting quick money. More often than not, solid earnings will take time. So instead of focusing on immediate gains, work instead on reaching your goals, like building that house, or saving up for your children’s college tuition. Keep in mind that you’d probably need to make alterations to your investing strategies at some point, too.

Lastly, work on diversifying your investments. It comes with more risks, yes, but offers more rewards as well. Moreover, having this clear buffer allows you to not exhaust your finances during a financial crisis. Consider putting money on bonds, stocks, and short-term investment portfolios. In time, they will even out and allow for maximized gains and a less bumpy investment ride, so to speak.

Hello, my name is Steve Sorensen. I’m a CPA based in Colorado. I also advice businesses on topics such as avoiding employee embezzlement and improving retirement plans. For similar reads, check out this blog.