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Retirement Investment Ideas - How To Get The Biggest Payoff

Aug 17, 2007
You have done your share. Now, it is almost your turn to shine and feel relaxed after so many years of toiling and sowing greener fields just to earn a living. The next thing you have to worry about is to how you will put your money to good use so you can maximize how much money you will have during your retirement. For many aspiring retired persons the best action to take is to make a retirement investment. As a wise investor, you have learned already the importance of understanding risk and rates of return, asset allocation and diversification. So what are your options?

1. Real Estate

There are five things to consider before opting for this kind of retirement investment plan:

- Location
- Market value
- Structure
- What entity is selling it
- Financial standing.

According to some financial experts, real estate is an ideal retirement investment vehicle because it usually appreciates in value and can provide you with a steady cash flow. You may also use it to leverage for loans. Properties with delinquent accounts and those about to be foreclosed are usually sold 10% to 60% below their market value. That is why real estate can be good retirement investment for you. Before you buy real estate as your retirement investment, however, be sure to check first the property for any defects and see if you can get good returns.

One good advice for this kind of retirement investment plan is to buy the worst property in the best location - but remember that the real estate sector is always first to be affected by political instability or an economic downturn.

2. Bank And Trust Products

If you have good tolerance for risk, you may opt for a retirement investment on non-guaranteed funds or trust products for higher yields. Common trust funds pool resources from various investors and then invest money in mutual funds or stocks for higher earnings. If you want to play it safe, make retirement investments in government securities, bank products or guaranteed funds. These are very likely to give you stable returns, with of course the huge downside of much lower yields for your investment.

3. Art

You may have your retirement investment in art pieces that will become more valuable over time. If you are not sure about your ability to tell good art from bad, hire an appraiser to help you. Depending on your preferences, you may have your retirement investment in anything from jewelries, antique furniture and decorative arts like porcelain and saints. You may also place your retirement investment upon paintings, either from new or upcoming artist. Or you may also make your retirement investment in gathering collectibles such as stamps, paper money, comic books, or action figures. Just remember that placing your retirement investment in art objects can be expensive, and they may require maintenance. Also, art pieces are perhaps the most difficult to sell.

4. Life Insurance

You may still opt for this kind of retirement investment vehicle. Older people would still want to have their retirement investment placed on life insurances. In fact, many are investing in whole life plans because the premiums are generally lower, though, it varies according to one's age. There are, however, also short term plans for those that are paid in a shorter time frame and other life insurance terms to choose from. Just remember, before you place your retirement investment on life insurances, check the insurance company first before buying it. Make sure that the company will still be around when your policy matures or if you or your benefactors will need to file claims already.
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