Investing for Beginners: A Guide to Getting Started

Shawn Plummer

CEO, The Annuity Expert

Like most people, you’ve probably heard about investing but don’t know where to start. It can seem like a complicated topic, but it doesn’t have to be. In this guide, we will discuss the basics of investing and provide tips for getting started. Whether you’re just starting or investing for years, we hope this guide will help you make intelligent investment decisions and grow your wealth!

There are many different types of investments, but we’re going to focus on three main categories: stocks, bonds, and cash. Then use our free investment calculator to get a better idea regarding rates of returns.

What Are Stocks?

Stocks are ownership interests in a company. When you buy a stock, you become a company shareholder and have the potential to earn dividends and capital gains. Dividends are periodic payments that companies make to shareholders, and capital gains are profits that occur when you sell your shares for more than you paid for them.

There are two main types of stocks: common stock and preferred stock. Common stock is the most common type of stock and gives shareholders voting rights and the potential to earn dividends and capital gains. Preferred stock is a less common type that does not have voting rights but typically pays higher dividends.

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What Are Bonds?

Bonds are debt securities that allow you to lend money to an entity, such as a corporation or the government. In return for lending your money, the entity agrees to pay you interest payments and principal (the amount you lent) at a specified date in the future.

Bonds are typically less risky than stocks but offer lower returns.

Related Reading: Annuities, An Alternative To Bonds

What Are Cash Investments?

Cash is simply money that is not invested in stocks or bonds. This can include savings accounts, certificates of deposit (CDs), and money market accounts. As a result, cash typically has the lowest risk and return of the three asset categories.

What Are Annuities?

Deferred annuities are insurance policies that can be used for retirement savings. With a deferred annuity, you make periodic payments into the account, and the money grows tax-deferred until you withdraw it. Then, when you retire, you can choose to receive your money in a lump sum or regular payments (an annuity). The insurance policies earn a guaranteed interest rate and can guarantee a retirement income for life.

Factors To Consider

The first step is to decide what your investment goals are. For example, do you want to save for retirement? A child’s education? A down payment on a house? Once you have a goal in mind, you can start to develop a plan.

Now that we’ve covered the basics, let’s talk about how to start. There are a few things you should consider before making any investment:

  • Your goals: What are you looking to achieve with your investments? Are you trying to grow wealth, generate income, or preserve capital?
  • Your time horizon: How long do you plan on holding your investments? This will affect your choice of investment and expected return.
  • Your risk tolerance: How much risk are you willing to take? This will also affect your choice of investment and expected return.

Investment Calculator

Looking to invest your money but not sure where to start? Our investment calculator can help you determine the best way to grow your money. Simply input your initial investment, any monthly contributions, the interest rate you’re aiming for, and the length of time you plan to invest. The calculator will do the rest, telling you how much your investment is expected to grow over time. With this tool in hand, you can make informed investment decisions and confidently reach your financial goals. So why wait? Get started today and put your money to work!

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Next Steps

There is no “right” way to do things when it comes to investing. Some people like to take a hands-off approach and invest in mutual or index funds, while others prefer to pick individual stocks. Both approaches have pros and cons, and the best way to invest will ultimately depend on your goals, time horizon, and risk tolerance.

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Shawn Plummer

CEO, The Annuity Expert

I’m a licensed financial professional focusing on annuities and insurance for more than a decade. My former role was training financial advisors, including for a Fortune Global 500 insurance company. I’ve been featured in Time Magazine, Yahoo! Finance, MSN, SmartAsset, Entrepreneur, Bloomberg, The Simple Dollar, U.S. News and World Report, and Women’s Health Magazine.

The Annuity Expert is an online insurance agency servicing consumers across the United States. My goal is to help you take the guesswork out of retirement planning or find the best insurance coverage at the cheapest rates for you. 

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