Many are predicting a rough financial road ahead. And because of that, some will advise against investing in the stock market. This is a time to take pause and to really educate yourself before buying into all of the hype. Before stuffing your money under a mattress or halting investing, let’s look at things critically and get a good understanding of the stock market, so you can make informed decisions rather than those that are reactionary and emotional.
This is not a treatise against Dave Ramsey personally. He has helped countless people figure out their financial and life situations. He even provides some sound financial advice. Despite many reviews on the Internet about Dave Ramsey and the Ramsey machine, this is not a blog railing against him. This blog is actually my take on Ramsey’s ideology and how it aligns with mine along with key elements about which I disagree.
In today’s market, therefore, it seems like bonds would be something each investor would already have or would want to include in his or her portfolio, especially in light of today’s volatile stock market. However, the rising interest rates are driving bond prices down. What all of this amounts to is that we are in for some serious volatility in the market. But that should not cause us to pull out of the market. Being diversified is still the best thing for your portfolio.
I can help you with is the process of deciding what is best for your individual needs, thus enabling you to choose the investments that will fit your financial goals and your personal needs. Finances are personal.
Like any good, structurally sound building which has a strong foundation, the wealth triangle is the cornerstone to building wealth. There are three components to the wealth triangle: time, contribution, and return but TIME is by far the key element in building wealth rather than returns or contribution.
The stock market is YOU. People are what fuels the companies and, in essence, are the market. Don’t buy into the fear. More importantly, if you start buying into the idea that the stock market will fail or even crash, you are betting against yourself.
Investing is one of those areas where you can acquire the necessary tools and information, so you can be the “expert” in YOUR investing and save money that is unnecessary to spend. So when people ask me whether or not they need a financial advisor, I would say you DO NOT, but you DO need to understand some things and educate yourself on some of the basics before deciding to take on this task alone.
When hunting for dividends, here are four key considerations you should assess with every company
Excessively High Yield
Excessive Company Debt
Dividends to Earning Ratio
Fundamental Business Concerns