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You Should Have a Strategy Before Investing

Sep 11, 2008
Investing is kind of like playing a game where you don't know who won until the game ends and a winner is declared - that is to say, there is a degree of risk involved and the outcome is not always knowable ahead of time. Much like in a game, having a strategy for your investing will help you to be victorious at this endeavor.

An investment strategy is a plan for putting your money to work by investing it so that it can grow over a specified time period. Different investment strategies are called for by different types of investments; all investments are a little different and all have their own unique set of questions to be answered in your strategy. Think of investing like a clothing store. While they sell clothing, obviously enough; there are dresses, pants, suits and so on which are all on sale there. Stocks are one kind of investment, but like a clothing store, they offer an enormous variety of different options to choose from.

Investment is a field which can get very confusing very fast since there are just so many kinds of investments out there and within them, so many individual investments to think about. Here is where your strategy will come into play, along with your risk tolerance and your style of investment.

If you're a newcomer to investing, you should work with a financial planner to develop an investment strategy before you make any investments of any sort. They will help you to come up with a game plan which will fit your financial requirements and risk tolerance.

Before determining your financial goals and an investment strategy to meet them, you should not invest. Never hand over your hard earned money until you know where it's going and when you'll get it back. Investing without a plan is doing exactly that - so always set a goal and come up with an investment strategy to met that goal before you begin investing.
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