Friday, March 22, 2013

Tips for New Investors on Saving Money Effectively

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saving and spending (Photo credit: 401(K) 2013)

“A penny saved is a penny earned” ~ Ben Franklin 

Learning to save money is the best thing for you to get started as an investor. It is good to keep your investment strategy cinch as a beginner in this field. Here are some tips which would help you out in saving more money. 


Investment:


You can take advantage of the investment programs offered by your employer especially the ones which permit you to invest pre-tax money. Pre-tax money means that you are able to invest in 100 percent of the money you earned. Pre-tax dollars are a part of accounts like 401k plans, IRA’s, retirement plans etc. This investment plan will work out for you as a strong foundation for the other investment plans. If you trust the company you are working for then you can hold benefit from the stocks that your company owns and you can always look for opportunities to acquire stocks in your company.


Investing by yourself:


For instance, if you’re running a PPI Claims firm or an interior designing firm or any other financial services, you should know when to invest and where to invest. With the online brokerage investment firms like TDAmeritrade, E*Trade, Charles Schwab Scottrade, etc. help you in investing on your own. You can invest in mutual funds to gain a broader spectrum of investment base. Some of the mutual funds providers are Pimco, Vanguard, Franklin Templeton, etc. They invest in various stocks like Mid-Cap Growth or International Growth Stocks and then would offer fund shares to the investors.


10% rule:


You should aim to at least save 10 percent from your tax earnings before investing. Many millionaires adapt themselves to living with minimum means as they are focused on attaining their financial goals.


Budget:


Budget is the key to any saving strategy. It helps you to identify for what purpose you are spending money. It could help you minimise your spending on unnecessary things.


Investment Pyramid:


You could design your investment plan like a pyramid. You could start with low risk investments at the bottom. Low risk investments include money market account, personal savings account or Treasury bills, etc. Most people would include real estate in this category. Bonds, stocks, certificates of deposits (CD’s), mutual funds would constitute the middle part of the pyramid. The investments with high risk could be a part of the top of your pyramid. Riskier investments could be the ones which would offer high returns compared to the others. Stock options, high growth stocks, collectibles, and so on d fall in this category.

About the Author: This guest post is written by Amy Lawson who is a specialist in financial blogging from Manchester. Apart from blogging, she does research on tax credit phone number.



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