When thinking about the future, the conversation generally steers towards one form of investment or another. Before considering anything, though, it is vital to understand your risk profile and define your future needs.
With that said, in this slideshow, you will find the top seven most popular types of investment, their risk profiles, and all their pros and cons.
As the name suggests, a mutual fund is a company in which investors can safely pool their money. The company then invests this money into securities (such as bonds and stocks). Investors can participate in a mutual fund by buying shares. Each share represents a percentage of the company the investor owns (and how much of the generated income they can claim).
Mutual funds are, by far, one of the most comfortable ways of investing, particularly for beginners. You won’t have to stress yourself out deciding where and how much to invest – fund managers are the ones doing all the research and hard work. When looking for the best mutual funds to invest in, make sure to check the following items:
- Even though fund managers do all the investing, try to find a mutual fund dealing with niches with which you’re already familiar.
- Once you have chosen a fund, dig for more information about their market performance. Standard & Poor provides rankings based on past transactions. Disclaimer: past success is, by no means, an indication of future profits.
On average, a mutual fund has over one hundred securities. Because these are spread out, you will not risk losing your investment in the way that you might if you invest in one company that turns out to perform poorly.
There are three main ways that you get returns from a mutual fund. These are:
- Capital gains.
- Shares that you can sell for a profit.
Typically, the mutual fund will require you to pay 1-3 percent in annual fees.