In Plain English: Where to Invest Your Money
<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">You have a bit of money that you want to save, but the sheer number of available choices can give you a headache. Which is actually a great problem to have, all things considered. The good news is that this is a fairly easy issue to resolve with some reading. The first step you would need to do is to find out what kind of an investor you are. Do you want your money safer than in the hands of the World Bank? Or are you willing to gamble for great rewards? In investment talk, what is your </span><a href="https://blog.trueprofile.io/investment-risk-profile-simplified-pinoy-style/" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Investment Risk Profile</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">? The next step would be to find out the different kinds of investment “vehicles” in the market.</span></p> <h2><span style="font-weight: 400;">Where to Invest Your Money</span></h2> <div class="wp-block-image size-medium wp-image-4541"><figure class="alignleft size-large"><img loading="lazy" width="1024" height="683" src="https://production-prod-trueprofile-blogassets-origin.s3.ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/uploads/2021/03/pexels-photo-164474-1024x683.jpg" alt="Where to Invest Your Money" class="wp-image-9572" title="Where to Invest Your Money" srcset="https://production-prod-trueprofile-blogassets-origin.s3.ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/uploads/2021/03/pexels-photo-164474-1024x683.jpg 1024w, https://production-prod-trueprofile-blogassets-origin.s3.ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/uploads/2021/03/pexels-photo-164474-300x200.jpg 300w, https://production-prod-trueprofile-blogassets-origin.s3.ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/uploads/2021/03/pexels-photo-164474-768x512.jpg 768w, https://production-prod-trueprofile-blogassets-origin.s3.ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/uploads/2021/03/pexels-photo-164474-1536x1024.jpg 1536w, https://production-prod-trueprofile-blogassets-origin.s3.ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/uploads/2021/03/pexels-photo-164474-1200x800.jpg 1200w, https://production-prod-trueprofile-blogassets-origin.s3.ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/uploads/2021/03/pexels-photo-164474.jpg 1920w" sizes="(max-width: 1024px) 100vw, 1024px" /><figcaption>Make your life future-proof when you invest your money wisely.</figcaption></figure></div> <h3><span style="font-weight: 400;">Mutual Funds</span></h3> <p><a href="http://www.investopedia.com/university/mutualfunds/mutualfunds1.asp" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Mutual Funds</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> are money pooled from different people and invested in different vehicles. A fraction may be invested in government bonds, and the rest may be invested in stocks, etc. Different funds have their mix of investments depending on the investment outlook of that fund. Furthermore, the investment outlook of the fund you choose should match your </span><a href="https://blog.trueprofile.io/investment-risk-profile-simplified-pinoy-style/" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener"><span style="font-weight: 400;">investment risk profile</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">. Y</span>ou only need to buy a share in mutual funds and the good thing about it is that they are managed by professionals. You can read up on the <a href="http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/mf/analysis/top-10-mutual-funds/articleshow/58822349.cms" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">top ten mutual funds</a> in <a href="http://lifeinsurancehub.ph/blog/top-mutual-funds-in-the-philippines-as-of-april-30-2017/" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">your country</a> so you can decide which will give you more returns. You don’t need to be actively monitoring your investment like you would shares of stocks.</p> <h3><span style="font-weight: 400;">Shares of Stocks</span></h3> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Shares of stocks are like buying part-ownership of a company. </span><a href="https://www.colfinancial.com/ape/Final2/home/online_trading.asp" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Investing</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> in the stock market can be as simple as buying a share. If you don’t have a lot of experience or knowledge in stock trading, you might want to confine your investments to </span><a href="http://www.investopedia.com/terms/b/bluechipstock.asp" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener"><span style="font-weight: 400;">blue-chip companies</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">. What can be complicated about it is if you are looking to actively trade in order to gain. The best strategy is to just leave it there to accumulate, if it’s a blue chip company with a great outlook.</span></p> <h3><span style="font-weight: 400;">Personal Equity and Retirement Account (PERA)</span></h3> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">If you’re investing for retirement, the best vehicle for you would be the </span><a href="https://blog.trueprofile.io/pera-law-mean-ofw/" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener"><span style="font-weight: 400;">PERA</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">. It would have the benefits of a mutual fund, without the interest income taxes. An additional benefit that you can get from a PERA account is tax incentive. The only drawback is that you can only benefit from a PERA account when you retire, or you would need to give back the tax incentives that you got.</span></p> <h3><span style="font-weight: 400;">Government Savings Schemes</span></h3> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">There are governments that provide savings schemes to its people on top of their social security programs. In the Philippines, two different government agencies offer savings and retirement supplementary programs. One is the <a href="http://www.jbsolis.com/2016/10/how-to-open-sss-flexi-fund-investment.html" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">SSS Flexi-fund</a>, and the other is the <a href="http://www.pagibigfund.gov.ph/pop/mp2.htm" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">PAGIBIG MP2 fund</a>. In India, they have <a href="http://www.dnaindia.com/money/report-here-are-top-7-government-schemes-you-can-invest-in-2165264" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">several supplementary schemes</a> that would ensure a worker&#8217;s financial freedom.</span></p> <h3>Why Invest Your Money?</h3> <figure class="wp-block-image alignnone size-large wp-image-4530 size-full"><img loading="lazy" width="848" height="566" src="https://production-prod-trueprofile-blogassets-origin.s3.ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/uploads/2021/03/Fotolia_119417663_S.jpg" alt="Where to Invest Your Money" class="wp-image-9573" title="Where to Invest Your Money" srcset="https://production-prod-trueprofile-blogassets-origin.s3.ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/uploads/2021/03/Fotolia_119417663_S.jpg 848w, https://production-prod-trueprofile-blogassets-origin.s3.ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/uploads/2021/03/Fotolia_119417663_S-300x200.jpg 300w, https://production-prod-trueprofile-blogassets-origin.s3.ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/uploads/2021/03/Fotolia_119417663_S-768x513.jpg 768w" sizes="(max-width: 848px) 100vw, 848px" /><figcaption>You prepare for your future when you invest your money.</figcaption></figure> <p>Finally, not living beyond your means as well as saving up for the future is the way to financial freedom. In addition, Investing is a way of future-proofing your money. This is achieved by putting it in vehicles that would make sure the interest outstrips inflation. Your investment should also be able to provide you with enough income when you retire. Ultimately, having a worry-free life is why you should start investing now.</p>