Thursday, March 1, 2012

What Are the Different Ways of Investing Money With Currency Trading?

When looking to gain some profit in the foreign exchange market, one should get himself armed with the different ways of investing money with currency trading. There are a lot of ways to move around the ever-liquid forex market and here are some of them:

Practice makes perfect too, in forex

Like the athletes or performers who exert much effort in practicing to perfect their crafts, a forex investor should also start learning his way through by practicing actual trading at a minimum level first. There are online forex systems now that can help in making a beginners become more familiar with the forex business first before actually diving. These forex trading systems employ demo accounts that users can use temporarily so they can simulate how they are going to earn or lose at the forex.

Be aware of market conditions and world economies

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Investing Money - Where to Invest If Clueless and Cautious

Jack and Mike were at a party in 2011 and the chatter was about investing money and where to invest it. Jack whined about interest rates, and Mike agreed that investing money in the bank was a lost cause. Assuming they both preferred relatively safe investments, a stranger overhearing this suggested they invest in safe mutual funds.

Investing money in mutual funds was on Mike's list of where not to invest because he had lost a bundle in stock funds during the financial crisis. Jack wasn't too fond of funds either, since his safe mutual funds (money market funds) were paying MUCH less than 1% in interest. Both felt clueless and uncomfortable as the stranger rattled on about a type of fund. According to mister know-it-all, you could invest in a relatively low risk fund, earn higher returns than at the bank... and just relax.

As they walked away from their new acquaintance Mike suggested that Jack ask his brother Jim (who knew about this stuff) what the devil the guy was talking about. Jim, as usual, had an answer. Can you invest in one single relatively safe fund in 2011 and have exposure to stocks, bonds and safe investments all in one package with relatively low risk at relatively low cost? Can investing money in 2011 and into the future be that simple? Yes it can, in a NO-LOAD balanced fund called a Retirement Income Fund.

Here's how investing money in these balanced funds works. Let's say you invest $10,000 in a retirement income fund with a major no-load fund company like Vanguard or Fidelity, the two largest fund companies in America. It should cost you nothing for sales charges when you invest and about $100 a year (or less) for management and other fund expenses. This money will automatically be deducted from the value of the fund shares you own. No-load means no sales charges when you invest or cash in shares.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Top Tips For Investing Money in a Recession

Recession is a general slowdown in the economic activity and causes a significant drop in the spending patterns. Many people stop investing in the times of recession because they think it won't be profitable and many resist investing because they are not aware about the techniques and ways of investing in periods of recession. Rather than resisting to invest money in the times of recession one should find ways or use the tips to invest wisely and carefully for securing their future. Recession does bring unfortunate news of rising unemployment and inflation but some market areas remain unaffected and can even rise.

The key to start investing in times of recession is to start off with the right thinking and mentality and know that unfortunate events are more likely to happen but they are not guaranteed and not everyone will be affected by them. Interest rates tend to fall in poor conditions making it less expensive to borrow money allowing you to invest in the stock market during recessions and once the market has recovered you will benefit from the rise in the prices that your investment will bring in form of profits when you decide to sell. You have to analyze the opportunities and see what affect recession will have in every market and then decide to invest.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Investing Money: Good Investments For the Investor Who Feels Clueless

In 2011 and into the future most folks in search of good investments will again turn to mutual funds for investing money, and for good reason. These funds do the money investing for you and try to pick good investments for their (your) portfolio. It's your money and you pick the funds, so in case you feel clueless, here we take the mystery out of investing for 2011 and beyond by getting back to basics.

In the process of investing money for the future you really only have 4 basic choices. That was true 100 years ago and still applies in 2011 and beyond. There are good safe investments that pay interest, bonds that pay more interest, stocks that grow in value most of the time; and alternative investments like gold & other commodities including real estate that offer growth opportunities sometimes when stocks don't. Those are your basic choices when investing money unless you bury the stuff, in which case inflation and decomposition can eat away at your underground deposit.

Now let's look at each of these 4 alternatives for investing money in search of good investments in mutual funds. Cash in the bank is safe and so are money market securities. These don't look like good investments now because interest rates are near all-time lows. That won't always be the case, so put some money in money market funds for safety.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Timber and Forestry Investing - Money Really Can Grow on Trees

Forestry and timber investing - the very concept seems either dull or extremely alien to most people. After all, its' much more satisfying to follow the rest of the herd and chase the latest hot social networking stock. However any investors - especially those looking for true diversification and stable returns - are making a real oversight by ignoring the value timber investments could bring to their overall portfolio. Noted stock market skeptic Jeremy Grantham of GMO Asset Management has long been a fan of timber investments (whilst being quite pessimistic about the long-term returns on offer from global equities at their current valuations), and when Mr. Grantham has an investing opinion it is well worth listening to.

There are a number of factors that make timber and forestry investments attractive:

1) First, as a "hard asset," timber investments are an excellent hedge against inflation.

2) The returns on timber investing have been quite impressive. According to the National Council of Real Estate Fiduciaries in the United States (NCREIF), timber returns since 1987 through 2010 have averaged 155 a year, whilst the main US stock index the S&P 500 has gone up only 9.1% annually. Furthermore, on average the price of harvested timber itself has gone up 5% per year over the last 100 years.

3) Timber investments also perform extremely well when stocks are in a Bear Market. For example, in 2008 when stock indexes lost as much as 40 - 50%, the NCREIF's main timber index actually went up 9.5%. As another example, during the Great Depression when stocks fell anywhere from 70 - 90%, the main US timber index went up 233%.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Why Investing Money Can Bring Long Term Gains

You don't have to look far to find the naysayers to tell you keep your money nice and safe in the bank or tucked under your mattress. Somewhere where it will for sure be when you need it. It's the truth.

There are both winners and losers in the investment game because in the broad scheme of the investment profiteering food chain. Some have to be eaten so that others may prosper.

So if you have money really the choice is yours to make. To sit on it as it is and be assured that it will be there as it is when it comes time to spend it. However, don't lose track of the fact that it will lose value in storage this way and "that", like it or not, is in fact a loss.

A loss that depending on what type of currency you keep in can be quite substantial. So now your response may be that the "banks or other similar savings options" pay interest. However, rarely does this amount of interest keep up inflation. As an example imagine someone who might have saved $100 in a bank say 40 years ago at 5% interest.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Annuities - Investing Money For and in Retirement

Investing money in annuities offers advantages over other popular investment options like bank CDs and traditional mutual funds. This is true whether you want to invest money for retirement or in retirement.

Ideal candidates for investing money in annuities would be people in their peak earnings years who want to invest money for retirement and get a tax break. Annuities are good investment options IF you plan to stay invested for at least 7 to 10 years; and you won't need this money until you are in retirement. Tax-deferred annuities have traditionally been offered in two basic forms, and are issued by life insurance companies.

Basic FIXED ANNUITIES are similar to bank CDs in that they pay investors an interest rate that is fixed for a period of time. For example, the issuer might guarantee an initial interest rate and then periodically adjust the rate over time based on the interest rate environment.

An advantage of investing money in fixed annuities is that they generally pay higher interest rates than you can get at the bank. The second advantage is tax deferral.

VARIABLE ANNUITIES in their simplest form resemble mutual fund families. They offer various investment options. Tax deferral is again an advantage here. For example, you can invest money in one of their stock funds and later switch to one of the other investment options without income tax consequences.

Tax deferral is the signature of annuities in general, and this makes them especially attractive to folks in a higher tax bracket. Here's an example of why people invest money in a tax-deferred retirement annuity (annuities).