You’ve probably heard that investing is a good idea. Heck, if you read my site everyday, you know that I think investing is a good idea. But you may not have given any thought as to why investing is a good idea. You just assumed it was.
So, instead of just taking my word for it, I thought I would reach out to some other great financial minds and ask the simple question, “why do you think investing is a good idea?”
Open-ended questions are a lot of fun, so check out some of the great responses to this simple, yet complex question, from some amazing investment and personal finance gurus:
Investing for the long term is a good idea because it allows an individual to share part of the profits that businesses generated over the long haul.
When stocks go up, like they have been for the past four years in a row, everybody is a genius and investing is definitely a great way to boost one’s net worth. The question is whether investors will keep the faith during an inevitable pullback or freak out? The only way to know is to put your money where your mouth is and invest!
One of the most fun things about investing is the ability to buy stock in companies you use. Having a portfolio of Johnson & Johnson, Google, and Apple have done fantastic for example. When you make money, it’s like getting to use those products for free. The markets are clearly “risk-on” now, and I’m looking for laggard names in laggard countries to invest. One of the most attractive places right now is China in my opinion.
About 35% of my net worth is in stocks and it will remain that way +/- 5% for probably my entire lifetime. Investing in stocks in my early 20’s was what helped me buy my first rental property. Now real estate is also roughly 35% of my overall net worth with the remaining being in long-term CDs that have a blended annual return of around 3.5%. Here is my net worth mix recommendation by age and work experience I believe well help folks outperform in good times and bad times.
Investing is a powerful way to grow wealth over the long term, and anyone can do it. Whether it’s putting aside a little bit here and there to build a future for yourself or buying a large stake in a company you really believe in, investing prudently gives you the opportunity to move towards financial independence and can create a better world for others associated with the investment.
To me, it’s simply a question of what’s the alternative? Spending every dime I earn, but then having to work my entire life — assuming I’m even able to do so? No thanks!
Investing to me is like brushing my teeth. Yeah it can be annoying to stay on top of all the time, but the end results are just too damn good to pass up. Nothing’s sexier than a healthy smile and bank account!
Investing is not just a good idea. It is essential to building wealth and beating inflation. If you are not investing, your saving will slowly lose value due to inflation. Investing is more risky than just stashing your money in the bank, but it can pay off handsomely as well. It also takes a lot of time to get better at investing so the earlier you start, the better off you will be in the future. Don’t wait, learn to invest now.
Investing opens up the door to many more possibilities down the road. Whether you’re investing in yourself, your business, or the stock market, it adds to the bottom line for exponential growth.
Investing, specifically passive, long-term, tax-advantaged investing is certainly a good idea. It’s a good idea because when you get old you won’t be able to go out and work for a living. But you will still need money. A great way to get this money instead of relying on others is to have it saved through periodic passive, long-term, tax-advantaged investing contributions.
Now It’s Your Turn
Now, it’s your turn to share why you think investing is a good thing. Tell me why you do it, and why you choose to invest versus just savings? Do you think it’s a good thing – and how did you come to that conclusion? Have you ever really thought of it before?
Robert Farrington is America’s Millennial Money Expert® and America’s Student Loan Debt Expert™, and the founder of The College Investor, a personal finance site dedicated to helping millennials escape student loan debt to start investing and building wealth for the future. You can learn more about him here.
He regularly writes about investing, student loan debt, and general personal finance topics geared towards anyone wanting to earn more, get out of debt, and start building wealth for the future.
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