The whole point of investments is to earn money on them. It doesn’t matter whether you put money in a savings account, stocks and shares, real estate investing, mutual funds or anything else. What matters is the ability to earn money on those funds in order to make the investment worthwhile.
Focusing on risk
We all know riskier investments tend to bring better rewards. However they also bring bigger chances of losing out on those rewards – and indeed on the money we have invested in the first place.
The idea is to balance out the need for risk with the rewards you are likely to get. For example riskier stocks and shares will reward you with bigger returns if they come to fruition. However there will be a bigger risk of losing your investment here than there would be with a much safer bank account.
Do you want to earn from your investments or simply receive a reasonable return?
There is a difference between the two that is wise to understand. Some people arrange their investments to provide them with a monthly income they can use. This is particularly common with retired people who would still like to receive a regular income in some way. However young people will still sometimes set up an investment of this kind too.
The other option is to invest your money so it provides you with a sum of interest every now and again, according to the terms of the particular investments you choose. But the main rule is the same – you want to get the best income or return on your money as you possibly can.
Bigger risks mean the potential of bigger rewards
We’ve mentioned this already, but it is worth repeating and putting the emphasis on the word ‘potential’. It is very easy to focus on the potential of a particular investment and to do no more than glance over the idea of risk. Discovering your own limitations when it comes to considering risk is a good idea, so you can more easily choose the most appropriate investments for your needs.
For instance some people would never consider investing in the stock market in any way. For others this is the only sensible form of investment they would consider. We are all different and it is these variations that lead us to make different decisions. You must find the right path for your own needs so you can get the best returns you are comfortable with in your own situation.
Once you do this you will be far more confident in choosing appropriate investments for the future as well. Of course your needs and views may change as you go through life. But all in all you will gain more understanding of how risk and reward are so closely intertwined. When you achieve this knowledge you can more confidently choose the investments that will reward you best for your efforts every time.