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08/03/2008

Investment Advice During an Economic Slowdown

Investing money can be a difficult task. Knowing where to invest your money and who to trust to invest your money is a big decision. Making it even more problematic is the slump in the economy. Just ask Mike. He has been investing money since he was 25 years old. He thought that his money was safe in this economic slowdown, but when he received his last investment statement, he was shocked by the overall numbers... everything was down... in fact, it looked like he had less money than last year.

Whether you are a first time investor or an experienced investor, making a decision about your money investments during an economic slowdown is difficult. Not knowing where to invest or investing in the wrong places can cause you to lose money in the long run. By taking the time to educate yourself on your money investments, you can continue to see your money grow during this slow time.

Whether you are an experienced investor or just starting your portfolio, there are some general rules that you should follow. First of all, you need to figure out what you want your investment to do for you... are you looking for a retirement investment, short term investment or long term investment. Once you have figured out what you want your money to do for you then you get the added task of making sure that you choose the correct investment. This means that you should take the time to research all of your options. Once you know what you want your money to do for you then you need to look for investment opportunities that have a predictive value. This means that you want to make sure that when choosing where to put your money that you look for investments that have low expenses as well as making sure that your investment has a wide range of managed funds, low cost funds and exchange traded funds. If this sounds like too much work for a first time investor then you can look into investments where you don't have to do anything else once you set it up. These types of investment include retirement portfolios which should provide you with a wide range of mixed funds that should over the years become more conservative.

Keep in mind that the younger you are the more aggressive and diverse your investments should be. As you get older, your investments should be more conservative and have the ability to allow your money to make money for you in your retirement years. Regardless of whether you are a first time investor or a long term investor, by choosing the right investments in this economic slowdown, you can continue to make your money work for you. If you are unsure of where to put your money to maximize its benefits then you would be best to consult with a financial advisor. They will be able to help you put your money on the right track.

Julianne Alzamora has 7 years of experience as a freelance writer. Her articles can be seen in several financial websites about investing, investment strategy, personal finance and topics on real estate.





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