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Many people want to expand their financial portfolios by making investment decisions.  Investing can be a great way to expand your portfolio, and potentially earn extra money as time goes on. Investing is done when you want to make your money grow faster than it would by just contributing to a savings account.  However, investing can be a risky game, and when it’s not done correctly, it can often do more harm than good to you financially. Your first investment should be well thought out and planned; that way, you have a great potential for a higher return in the end.  Here are a few major tips to consider before you decide on investing. 

Investing Objective 

What is your objective behind making your investment?  In other words, what are your goals from doing so? Are your goals more long term, or short?  There are numerous reasons one may decide to start investing. From simply wanting to earn extra money for other expenses to putting together a plan for retirement.  Your objective behind your investment will also help you decide where exactly you want to invest your money. According to Budgeting Income, your investment objectives can vary from:

  • Keeping your money safe
  • Taking a moderate risk for better appreciation
  • Taking aggressive risks for increased gains


Risks are a large part of making any investment.  Generally, the higher the risk, the more potential you have for a higher return on your investment.  However, you should be well prepared before taking these risks. This can widely depend on how comfortable you are with your finances and the potential to lose money before you gain it back. 

Your Current Financial Situation

Always consider where you are financially before investing.  Your financial stability plays a big role in the potential for your investment opportunity to have a successful turnout.  How much time are you willing to invest, also? Can you stay invested for a long period, or do you have a limited amount of time?  Would a little bit of a loss, in the beginning, be detrimental to your overall financial portfolio, or can you afford a slight loss for the potential of a higher gain in the end? Evaluate your financial health before making any affirmative decisions.