Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Investing in Stocks and Bonds

Any investment, including interior decorating, is not without its risks and so cannot be done blindly. The risks involved must be calculated and be seen to pay off at the end of the day. One very common investment venture that is gaining popularity in the country is trading in stocks, shares and bonds. The first step in making a profitable investment in these is getting a reputable broker or brokerage firm with sound investment knowledge. There are several in the country who have been in the trade for a number of years and others who are just starting out. The key is in finding one that will suit the investment needs of the individual.

Risks and Returns in Investments

Purchasing a stock or share in a company gives the investor part ownership of the company and a return on investment in terms of dividends. A bond is money lent to the company by the investor which will be paid back with some amount of interest after a stipulated duration. These basics are fairly easy to understand, however the crux of the matter is in choosing where to put your money. This is where a solid financial knowledge about the company and the stock market will come in handy.

Generally investments operate on a high risk-high reward scale, meaning that high risk investments will usually yield high returns. The level of risk tolerance should guide an investor on what investments to make to avoid panic when the stock crashes and losses start trickling in. For an investor with a high risk tolerance, this is not the time to ditch the stock and sell in a panic especially when there is evidence that this is only temporary. However, in all investments, interior decorating included, high returns and low risks should not be the only motivation to invest.

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