Asked on 02 Nov 2018
Not bad! That's half the battle won haha. It's the most difficult part of the process (in my opinion)
Investing should never be a rash decision. One should get to know his financial health and his investing mindset such as risk preference better. Below are some articles to read up while understanding your personal investing mindset.
My advice is that its importance to increase your financial knowledge first and understanding your personal risk appetite! This would require some effort put into research and self-reflection. Take the time as you are still young and in no rush.
Some questions: "Am I investing in hopes of realising it all in the future to fund my child's future education/buy a house?" or "Do I want it to be an alternative source of annual income that can come in terms of dividend?"
I would recommend investing 50% in a market portfolio like S&P500 ETF as it historically yields 10% return and has a general upward trend. Another 50% can be other individual stocks that you like and see a potential of 10% return. Diversification is always important. There is no reward for bearing unnecessary risks.
While building up your knowledge, you can think about investing in low-risk savings plans (e.g. from banks, SSB) first to gain some extra interest, instead of keeping cash in the bank.
Accumulate once every 3 months and put it into a S&P 500 ETF quarterly! The historical returns are 10% and I would say it is much better than saving bonds
I would recommend you looking into investing in ETFs as they are diversified already, which means they carry lower unsystematic risks.
In particular, I think the S&P500 is a good choice for two main reasons. Firstly, it has historical returns of 10% per annum over the last 80 years, proving its amazing track record. Secondly, the US market is so big that it basically represents the global market, and it is quite impossible for the global market to collapse completely.
Hope this helps
I think this post by Fifth Person is a good guide (with all the links and stuff) to help you get started. Take your time to read all! I'm also learning from them :)
First, you should find out wat kind of stocks you want to buy, for example, growth stocks, dividend stocks etc etc. After that list down a few stocks that yoy have interest in and study the companies. Once you are satisfied with the price, you can buy it from the stock market.
Hmmm I'd say start by finding out how you want to invest, i.e. pick a strategy. Growth stocks, dividend stocks etc.
For me, I focus on dividend growth investing, which essentially means I pick companies with strong fundamentals, that increase their dividends year on year. I like it because it is similar to getting a pay raise, for absolutely doing nothing ! Doesn't that sound great?
I have a website that you can check out, where I share stock analyses as well as investing articles to help you learn more !