Many Americans choose to invest some of their savings in stocks, bonds, and the like. For those who have the extra money and are willing to take the risk, investments can pay off. Some people are able to make large returns on their investments, making far more money in return than they would from interest from savings accounts.
At the same time, however, investments can carry substantial risk. Savings accounts are the most stable way of keeping your money. Even if your bank folds, the FDIC will cover your losses up to $250,000 per account holder per bank. The same amount of money invested in stocks, however, can vanish into thin air if that company’s stock crashes. But by investing your money wisely, you can reduce the risk of losing your hard-earned money in the markets.
There are many ways you can invest your money: even purchasing real estate can count as an investment, in particular given that (as of late 2009) real estate prices are still low after the housing bubble burst. Other traditional ways of investing include purchasing stock in companies, or investing in bonds. Some people choose to invest in liquid assets, which is to say things that can be easily converted into cash. Gold is a good example of a liquid asset.
Many people choose to participate in collective investment plans or organizations, such as mutual funds. In these systems, investors allow professionals to determine specifically where to invest the organization’s money. Often these are organized around a theme: for example, there are mutual funds where all the money investors contribute is invested in ‘green’ businesses, on the expectation that demand will increase for environmentally-friendly products and services.
One advantage of mutual funds and other collective investments over directly managing your investments is that these funds are managed full-time by finance professionals. These professionals usually try to diversify the investments they make. The better the money is balanced between different investments, the more you can reduce the risk of losses. By participating in such managed investments, you can better the odds that you will gain rather than lose money in the markets.
If you have lost substantial amounts of money in the market, you may find yourself considering filing for bankruptcy. This is a difficult decision to make, in particular for people who have experience in the financial world. But bankruptcy doesn’t only affect people who are reckless with their money and debt. It can affect anyone. Only an experienced bankruptcy lawyer can help you decide what course of action is best for you.
The West Palm Beach bankruptcy attorneys of Eric N. Klein & Associates, PA have years of experience with bankruptcy cases of all kinds. By working with them, you can start down the road to financial recovery. They have the expertise to help you take back control of your financial well-being.