When most people envision investing, they usually picture the endgame; that is, they see themselves as an older, wealthy mogul, living off of the profits of their risky-but-profitable investments from their younger days. Of course, this fantasy risks ignorance of the down-to-earth details that are necessary for prudent investment. That is not to say that wise investments in the present will not reap dividends in the future–everyone can dream of their yacht, vacation home, or retirement nest egg–but rather to urge the reader to make regular review of investment news and be disciplined in their investments.
The first step in making investment easier is immersing oneself in the available material to learn what kind of investments are worth making, affordable, and accessible. For instance, a free financial magazine, such as the Money & Markets Newsletter, should be a part of a daily reading routine. This newsletter allows for the review of expert opinions on a variety of financial matters; resources for any variety of personal investments; and regular market updates. In a field as complex as personal investing, sometimes total immersion is the best way to pick up on trends and conventional wisdom, and receiving a newsletter like this is a good first step. Supplement a periodical reading list with a well-known and accessible site designed to give advice to personal investors, such as The Motley Fool. This is a website expressly designed for those who have little to no experience in the world of finance, and who are looking to make investing easier for themselves.
Finally, in order to truly make investing more accessible, a prospective investor must ensure a certain level of personal discipline and consider seeking out expert advice. First, a personal portfolio should be free of such toxic investments as high-interest credit card debt. Paying off credit card debt is, in its own way, a simple investment: removing this expense will eliminate costly interest in the future. Additionally, many investors will be able to be relatively successful on their own by building a diverse portfolio, becoming a careful student of the stock market, and investing a portion of their disposable income in a low-yield, low-risk commodity such as a savings account or a certificate of deposit. However, a novice investor–especially one with a significant amount of money to invest–might want to place their capital in the capable hands of a portfolio manager. An expert in the financial game will be able to seize upon opportunities while still balancing a portfolio with prudent, long-term investments.