Since you started working and saving money, where have you kept your money? Most young professionals worry about if their hard earned money is being invested properly. By properly I mean, is the money earning you more money? Nobody wants their money to just sit around in a checking account. We all want to feel like were the doing the most with our money that we can (without risking it all of course). Today I wanted to look at places where young professionals are keeping their money.
A few options for where you can store your money:
High yield Savings account.
Nothing wrong with a standard savings account to store your hard earned money. Online savings accounts  are really popular with our generation. These accounts allow us to save our money in a very “hands-off” manner that doesn’t require us to stress about market fluctuations. The interest rates aren’t the most impressive these days but you can rest assured knowing that your money is safe while you focus on other areas of life.
Not all of us are risk takers. Yet most of us will want a higher return than what most savings accounts are offering these days. This is why money market accounts, CDs, index-fund investing, and GICs (in Canada) are conservative investments that are a nice safe option to keep our money. This is typically where new investors will start off as they search for ways to invest their money. As you learn more about investing money and become more comfortable you can move on to the next stages.
Many college graduates choose to purchase a home with their savings. Real estate can be treated as an investment in two ways: as your primary residence that you hope appreciates in value or as a rental property. Both have the potential to yield decent returns in the long term if you can bear the risks. Also, there are a few reasons why real estate is such a common invest:
- It’s a tangible asset.
- We have been conditioned into thinking that real estate is the best investment to make.
- Most of us treat it as “forced savings.”
My only warning is to watch out here because this is an investment that comes with a lot of fees. From administrative tasks (lawyer and real estate agent fees) to property taxes, you’ll be paying some decent coin to keep this investment up. Aside from the costs, this can also be a fairly risky investment for young professionals due to the housing market situation. This is why you need to ensure that you know what you’re doing.
Perhaps you’re willing to take on a little more risk. This is where investing in stocks comes into play. You take on more risk in hopes of earning much greater returns. Below are a few quick tips for young professionals that are new to investing in stocks:
- Diversify your portfolio. It’s often too risky to put all of your money into one company, hoping that it’ll grow significantly. This is why diversification is key for young professionals that are new to the world of stock trading.
- Don’t panic. Since you’ve decided to take on a little more risk, you shouldn’t panic during every fluctuation. Stock prices go up and down all day everyday. This shouldn’t be a cause for alarm. It’s just apart of life.
- Know your limits. Have you placed all of your savings into rather risky investments? Does this bother you all of the time? Do you have a minimum number you want your account to reach? You must understand our limits or else you’ll lose your shirt.
There are things in life you just can’t quantify. I personally prefer balance in my life but I’ve met people that strongly believe in experiencing life in their 20s. None of us are created the same and we all have different things that spark our interest. This option might be a little “out there” but it’s not my position to be judging.
Spending money on experiences can range from:
- Going out all the time with friends.
- Travelling to new and different parts of the world.
- Testing out adventurous and extraordinary sports.
Now I want to ask you guys: where do you keep your money? Do you have balance or is your portfolio heavily shifted in one direction?
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