Safe Investing 101:
Getting Started with Invest Safely
Safe investing 101 isn't just the basics. It's not "take your first $1,000 and buy an index ETF" either. Even when I was first crafting this page, I was worried you might think it was just for beginners and skip it all together.
But now that we're all personally responsible for our retirement (401k plans, etc.), there's much more at stake with much less room for error. And with that in mind, it's now easier than ever to get into investing...all you need to do is download an app on your phone in some cases.
So investing 101 needs to change. It needs to expand and cover the process of investing and how you can use that process to create long-term financial success.
After a few years of investing, I realized losing money is easy, whether you're a beginner or an expert. It doesn't take any special know-how. And THAT is where safe investing 101 begins!
But, just in case you ARE new to the world of personal finance, investing, and money management:
This page is the perfect place to start your journey through my site. Hopefully, you'll be surprised, and see just how much information isn't covered by many "professional" investors.
And you can always find your own way around Invest-Safely.com by browsing the sitemap and seeing all the site has to offer.
What Safe Investing is NOT
Before we begin, let's get honest and talk about what safe investing isn't:
Safe investing is NOT a "get rich quick" process
If you're making money hand over fist in the markets, congratulations. Enjoy it while it lasts. If there's one thing I've learned about investing, it's that no one has a perfect track record. Everyone has trades and/or investments that move against them and lose money now and then. The key is not losing too much when it happens (and it will happen).
Safe investing is NOT risk-free investing
There's no such thing as a risk-free investment. But there are ways to limit the risk of any investment.
Safe investing is NOT predicting the future
We can't predict...we can only prepare. So let's prepare to make money, rather than try to read the tea leaves.
Safe investing is NOT rocket science
You don't need special training to practice safe investing. All you really need is the desire to take control of your finances, and you're good to go.
Safe Investing 101
So, you know what it isn't. Now, what is safe investing?
As mentioned on the home page, safe investing is a process; no more, no less. And this site is focused on giving you the knowledge and lessons learned you'll need to make better decisions; educated decisions related to your investments.
Decision making needs more than just data and information; you need knowledge and understanding. And that's where investing 101 comes in...highlighting all the factors that affect your personal finances.
Before making any choices on investing techniques, types of investments to buy, or which trading accounts/investment brokers to use, there are three areas that you need to be familiar with: Personal Factors, Market Factors, and Money Management.
- Personal Finance Goals
- What are your goals related to investing? Proper goals will focus your effort and help you streamline the selection process
- Risk Tolerance
- How much money are you willing to have at risk or in the market? Your risk tolerance will affect your position and portfolio sizes.
- Investor Type
- What type of trader are you? Your tendencies will affect how you trade and invest.
- Return Requirements
- How much profit do you want to make or need to make?
- When do you plan on using your profits (years, yearly, quarterly, monthly, etc.)?
After you've got a good handle on your personal situation, it's time to get the lay of the land. You now need to learn how "markets" can make or break your investments.
Money Management Factors
The third and final aspect of Safe Investing 101 is the most important and least discussed. Even though the following concepts are easy to understand, they are rarely included with the "investing basics" because they are considered a "given".
For example, everyone knows how to buy shares. Right? Wrong. There are lots of different things you can do when you place an order with your broker. And all of them can change when and if your order is executed.
In addition to
personal money management and personal budgeting, the following topics will also affect your investments:
Why Practice Safe Investing?
I'm sure you work extremely hard for your money. But when was the last time you made that money work hard for you?
From an early age, we are taught to work hard and the money will take care of itself. Unfortunately, very few of us are taught what to do with the money once we have it. Investing, trading, and personal finance are not taught in our schools, so you need to educate yourself.
The Purpose of Invest-Safely.com
Invest-Safely.com combines lessons learned in personal finance, money management, and trading all in one place, so you can spend more time enjoying the rewards of successful investing (profits), and less time worrying about your money.