By setting aside some of your money now in investments that could appreciate over time, you’ll set yourself up for greater financial security in the future.

How Investments works

Whether you want to build a pension for retirement, save a deposit for a house or generate extra income to cover an expense, any savings you may have been able to accrue that are not required to fnance your day-to-day living may provide a more substantial return if you invest them.

Once you’ve made the decision to invest, you can either invest a lump sum or invest monthly to build up your investments over time. In broad terms, those with a medium to long-term investment goal – fve years or more – should consider stocks and shares given the historically higher returns offered by stock markets and to protect their savings against the impact of inflation.

What you need to know

The sooner you start investing, the better off you will be. This is a simple truth, and it is based on the fact that even the most conservative investments grow on a compound basis. It’s well worth taking the time to think about what you really want from your investments. Knowing yourself, your needs and goals, and your appetite for risk is a good start.
1: Goals Be clear about what you’re investing for. Investing is generally most appropriate for medium and long-term goals (at least fve years). If you want access to your money before that, you might want to think about saving instead.
2: Payments
Before you start investing, frst make sure that you can afford your essential living costs, as well as any debts. It’s also a good idea to make sure you have some savings to cover emergencies.
3: Investment risk
Have a think about how much risk you feel comfortable taking with your money. You should also consider your other fnancial commitments when deciding how much risk to take. If you don’t want to or can’t take any risk with your money, then investing may not be for you right now
4: Timescale
The longer your money is invested, the more opportunity it has to grow in value and reach your goal. Each year, not only will the money you invest potentially grow in value, you’ll also potentially get growth on any previous growth. This is commonly known as ‘compounding’, and over longer time periods it can make a significant difference to the value of your investments.
5: What you’ll get back
The final value of your investments will depend on three main factors: how much you pay in, how your investments perform, and how long you’re invested for. Generally speaking, the more you pay in, the better your investments perform. And the longer you can keep your money invested, the more you’re likely to get back at the end.
6: Mix it up
Putting all your money in one type of investment can be a risky strategy. You can help reduce that risk by spreading your money across a mix of investment types and countries. Different investments are affected by different factors: economics, interest rates, politics, conflicts, even weather events. What’s positive for one investment can be negative for another, meaning when one rises, another may fall.
7: Be tax efficent
You can do this by putting your money into your pension or using up your Individual Savings Account (ISA) allowance.
8: Review, review, review
Make time to regularly review your investments to check they’re on track to meet your goals.

Time to identify which Investments options are right for you?

Creating and maintaining the right investment strategy plays a vital role in helping to secure your financial future. To review your situation or discuss the options available, talk to us today.

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Our website offers information about investing and saving, but not personal advice. If you’re not sure which investments are right for you, please request advice, for example from our financial advisers. If you decide to invest,  remember that investments can go up and down in value, so you could get back less than you put in.

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