Sunday, March 24, 2013

5 Possible Investments for a Better Retirement

The best type of investment for your future will depend on your age, disposable income and the amount of money that you have managed to save so far. Generally speaking, the older you are the less risks you should take. For example, investing in equities may be a good idea for those in their 20s, 30s and 40s but if you are planning to retire in ten years or less, it is probably best to minimize the percentage of your portfolio that is invested in stocks and shares. This is because stock markets can be quite volatile and if you are likely to need your money sooner rather than later, you may be forced to liquidate your holdings when the market is at a low point, historically speaking. 

Below are five areas in which you might like to invest, with some comments on their suitability for people of different ages: 

1. The equity market – as mentioned above, investing in the stock market, whether via exchange traded funds or directly in individual shares, can provide healthy returns over a reasonable period of time but is not advisable for those that are hoping to retire in the near future. Free online advice such as that offered by moneyvista financial planning and other similar organisations can be very useful when trying to work out which equity funds are the most suitable for your needs. 

2. Government bonds – known in the UK as gilts and elsewhere as treasuries, they are considered to be very low risk investments and because they pay a fixed amount, known as the coupon, it is easy to work out exactly how much income you will receive over time from the government bonds in which you invest. The value at which they can be sold does change but if you are going to hold them until maturity this is not an issue that will concern you. 

3. High interest savings accounts – sadly, these are largely a thing of the past. The low rates set by central banks in developed countries across the globe mean that it is very hard to find a safe home for your cash where you will receive interest payments that exceed the level of inflation in your home country. However, if you are prepared to accept the higher exchange rate risk associated with holding deposits with banks in developing nations, it is still possible to get a good return on your savings in certain parts of the world. 

4. Property – if you had asked a hundred people for investment advice 5 years ago, the chances are that nearly every single one of them would have recommended investing in property for those that could afford it. Recent events may have changed some people’s opinions with regard to the safety of bricks and mortar as a home for retirement funds but residential properties still offer a high potential for capital growth when compared to other investment opportunities. As with stocks and shares, it is inadvisable to put your money into property unless you have plenty of time to ride out any possible downtrends and wait for a recovery. 

5. Antiques and art – although not many financial advisors are likely to suggest investing a sizeable proportion of your retirement funds in Queen Anne chairs or paintings by Old Masters, such objects not only offer the chance of making a big profit over time but they also come with the added advantage of providing their owners with many years of pleasure in the meantime. If you appreciate beautiful things and you don’t mind taking a risk, antiques and works of art could be worth further investigation. 

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The MoneyVista financial planning site is a service that aims to provide users with helpful information on personal finances, covering topics on borrowing, saving, and budgeting.

1 comment:

  1. When I retire, I'd probably choose on depositing my money on high interest savings account and I will actually want to start early. This is one investment where I won't have to work and worry that much with my money and I can fully enjoy my retirement days.


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