Posted on 06 Oct 2020
I am planning to start with just $2-3K, don't intend to pour all my savings into investing yet, which I know I shouldn't.
Thanks for this question! It is great that you are starting to think of investing. Investing in markets has proven over time to deliver above-inflation returns to investors who are able to stay invested long term.
There is an African proverb that says that the best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now. This applies to investing as well! It is time in the market that counts and not the timing of the market. Time in the market allows you to reap the compounding impact of returns over time. Whereas timing the market is a close to impossible exercise, and most professional managers don’t manage to do it.
What might give you comfort is that over the last hundred years or so, it did not matter when you started. As long as you had time (~10 years or so), even you had started at the beginning of a major crisis, you would not lose money if you managed to stay invested in the stock market. You can take a look at this webinar on investing, especially in the middle or so, when you see a mainly green-and-pink matrix diagram. https://www.facebook.com/moneyowlsg/videos/851434158708343
Do also take a read at https://www.moneyowl.com.sg/the-right-way-to-invest/
About how much to start with, yes, you are absolutely right that you should not pour all your savings into the market. As a financial adviser at heart, and not just an investment house, MoneyOwl always advises clients to take a holistic view and ensure that they are in good financial health before starting to invest – much as we should be physically healthy before we run a marathon. One of most important things we need to do is to keep an emergency fund of about 6 months’ worth of living expenses. Otherwise, should you suddenly need money to fund your lifestyle and do not have this, you might end up having to liquidate your investments and take a loss, thus derailing your wealth accumulation plan.
If you still have questions, do email MoneyOwl at [email protected] or message us on FB Messenger and ask to speak to one of our qualified advisers. As you may know, we aren’t just a robo but have a full team of human advisers on the AWP/CFP programme. For now till end of 2021, we also have zero advisory fee on all cash investments up to $10,000: an initiative we introduced recently to help Singaporeans, especially small investors looking to start, better manage amidst challenging times, something that is in our DNA as an NTUC social enterprise.
Hope this helps!
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