Teaching new, young investors, old tricks

The newest generation of young investors was raised during the Age of Information. Growing up alongside the internet, this generation has been exposed to more information and technological advancement than any generation before them.

Young investors have greater access to education around investing, and more diverse opportunities for investing, as well as a rise in social media content creators creating communities around building wealth. These factors all – make this topic much more popular among younger generations.

However, the world of investing can still seem intimidating, especially for young adults who are just starting out.

While investing does involve risk, there are some time-tested, old investment strategies that all young investors can adopt to set themselves up for success:

1. Know your financial goals

Before investing, it’s essential to know what you’re working towards. Are you saving for a house deposit? Or are you building wealth so that you can retire early? You may want to launch a business. Or start a family?

Knowing your financial goals can help determine the best investment strategy for you.

Once you have set your goals, you can develop a financial plan for achieving these through building cash flow by saving and investing.

2. Start small and grow your investment portfolio over time

When starting, you might think you don’t have ‘enough’ to begin investing.

Starting small and gradually increasing your investment portfolio over time is a great way to begin. It allows you to learn the ropes and build your knowledge and confidence over time, without feeling like you have too much at stake.

Getting started sooner rather than later also means you’re taking advantage of the power of compounding returns. Compounding returns happen when you reinvest your investment earnings, allowing your investments to exponentially grow over time. The earlier you start investing, the more time your investments have to compound, leading to significant long-term growth.

3. Diversify your investments

You might have heard the term ‘Don’t put all your eggs in one basket’, which, in the world of investing, translates to ‘Don’t put all your money in one type of investment’.

Diversifying your investments across different asset types, such as equities (stocks), fixed income (bonds), and cash (or cash equivalent), or money market instruments, is a key strategy that can be used to lower portfolio risk and provide more stable investment returns.

4. Keep calm… and remember your investment plan

Investing should generally be viewed as a long-term strategy, as markets are cyclical and typically go through periods of growth, decline, and stagnation.

This means that you will likely experience a market crash at some point in your investing journey, which can be a scary time for investors. It’s important to stay calm and avoid making impulsive investment decisions. In many cases, the best strategy during a market crash is to stay the course and stick to your investment plan.

Further, market corrections can often present a great opportunity to invest as markets sell off and asset prices reduce. As Warren Buffet said: “Be fearful when others are greedy and greedy when others are fearful”.

While investing may seem daunting at first, incorporating these fundamental strategies will pave the way for success.

A final tip… Seek expert guidance!

A financial adviser can help you set achievable financial goals, plan, and make informed investment decisions that will keep you on track toward helping you achieve your financial goals.

Don’t navigate the financial world alone – let your financial adviser be your partner in success!

The information contained in this article is general information only. It is not intended to be a recommendation, offer, advice or invitation to purchase, sell or otherwise deal in securities or other investments. Before making any decision in respect to a financial product, you should seek advice from an appropriately qualified professional. We believe that the information contained in this document is accurate. However, we are not specifically licensed to provide tax or legal advice and any information that may relate to you should be confirmed with your tax or legal adviser.

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