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INTRODUCTION

Congratulations! You’ve just made that first crucial step to securing a brighter future for you and your loved ones, and towards fulfilling your dream of an early and happy retirement.

So, you’ve decided to invest your money into stocks and bonds or whatever other alternative investment grabs your attention and then watch it grow, but you don’t know where to start? Most people don’t. You need investment advice but you don’t know where to go. You’ve come to the right place. Our guide is designed to help you navigate through the complex maze of stocks and bonds and the investment spectrum and act as a guiding light on your new and exciting journey. Don’t be scared, be exhilarated.

The first thing you have to understand is that you do not have to be some sort of expert on stocks and bonds or any other part of investment to make money from investing; yes, it can be a risky business which is often complicated, but anybody can do it as long as they take the time to do some research and follow some simple guidelines set out in this very manual. And yes, there are no get-rich-schemes in this, the real world, but investing your money is the best way to invest in your future. Just seek out some sound investment advice make sure you invest wisely.

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We’re here to offer you that sound financial advice and to help you learn and work out how to make your money grow no matter what level of experience you have, and to help you understand that the world of investment and stocks and bonds is not an incomprehensible entity that is beyond your understanding. It’s easy to grasp when you break it down to small bite-sized chunks and go step-by-step. Once you have all the right information, investment advice and guidance, you will then be able to make intelligent and informed decisions when buying stocks and bonds which will help you to reduce any potential risk, and give you a strong margin of safety in any investments you make.

You need financial advice. There are so many questions.

Where do you invest your money? Why and for how long? What are you looking to achieve? Do you want a safe and steady option, or do you want higher risk with a potential to make huge returns? Should you invest in stocks and bonds, mutual funds, real estate, precious metals, the foreign exchange, or in any of the other various assets available? How much should you invest? When do you buy and when do you sell? How do you avoid the pitfalls and bear markets? What is a bear market? How do you choose who to ask and what advice to follow? ETF’s, CEF’s, Hedge Funds, Dollar-Cost Averaging, IPO’s, and a bunch of other exotic-sounding alien terms – what do they actually mean?

We’ll help you to grasp the fundamentals and obtain a comprehensive understanding of stocks and bonds and the investment landscape and the various steps you need to take in order to make your money grow. We’ll clarify the convoluted terminology and humanize all that Wall Street jargon, we’ll explain the different assets you can invest in, explain what stocks and bonds and alternative investments are, the various vehicles to invest with, and the varied strategies you can adopt depending on your needs and goals, as well as what kind of person you are and what investment personality you have. We’ll also point out how to avoid scams and how to steer clear of online fraud.

We won’t tell you what to buy when, or how to buy it; we’re going to explain all the different options, and, where applicable, point out the pros and cons of each one. We’re here to offer you all the basic information you need in a clear and concise way which is designed to enlighten and inform rather than to confuse and intimidate. We’re here to offer general investment advice, not specific instructions.

We’re here to help in any way we can, and we’ll be glad to answer any questions you may have through our CONTACT US section of the website.

So, you’ve made the first step, now it’s time to take a giant leap and educate yourself on everything you need to know about the wonderful world of investment. In, as much as possible, a nutshell.

Glossary

Glossary


We present you with a comprehensive investment glossary which you can use as your faithful companion on your investment journey.

Essential Guidelines Before You Start

Essential Guidelines Before You Start


The world of investing is complex and multi-faceted, with a myriad of different choices and decisions you can make and a wealth of investment opportunities which will crop up. As an inexperienced novice investor, it can often seem perplexing, especially when trying to take that nerve-racking initial cold plunge. The problem is that it’s easy to get tripped up by bad advice and lies, silly speculation, lack of information, your own emotions and a whole host of other understandable…

Investment Assets

Investment Assets


An asset is quite simply what you invest in, the actual individual item which you buy in the hope that it will generate income or appreciate in worth over time and can thus be sold for a profit in the future. Wealth management is about building an investment portfolio which is made up of assets. There are three main asset classes, and several others which fall under the category of alternative assets.

Investment Style

Investment Style


Everyone is different in life and this also applies to investors. Everyone will have their own style when building an investment portfolio and it’s important to work out what your own style is since this will have a great influence on what investments you make. What is your overall investment strategy or theory in your asset allocation? Knowing who you are as an investor will help you clarify your investment philosophy and narrow your search down when investing in stocks, making sure that you…

Investment Vehicles

Investment Vehicles


Once you work out what asset class you want to invest in, whether you want to invest in stocks or bonds or one of the alternatives, you must then decide how to invest, what investment vehicle to use in order to put your money into whatever security you decide on. An investment vehicle is simply a means by which to invest in a particular asset.

Investment Strategies

Investment Strategies


You know what you want to invest in, you know what investment vehicle you want to use, and you know your own individual investment style; now what? Well, you now have to decide what investment strategy to use to build your investment portfolio. An investment strategy is the tactics you use when investing, basically, your plan of attack. It’s a set of rules and procedures which depend on, and in turn guide, your investment decisions, based on your goals and objectives, your risk tolerance and…

Online Fraud

Online Fraud


Let’s face it, none of us are too big or too clever to get caught out by online fraud, especially when dealing with today’s more sophisticated fraudsters, who have, over time, refined their techniques and honed them to perfection, and who use the internet to reach a mass audience with minimum effort. While the web is a fantastic tool for investors to conduct research into buying stocks and obtain general investment information and receive important updates, it’s often difficult to…

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