Here’s a step by step guide of How to Invest in 2021 and the basic strategies to begin investing and growing your wealth – enjoy! Add me on Instagram/Snapchat: GPStephan
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First, for those just looking for a basic place to put their money, we have the almighty Ally Bank Savings Account that currently offers a 2% interest rate. You can also use a few other high interest bank accounts, like Barclays, Sychrony Bank, or American Express Savings…they all currently offer around a 2% return.
Second…and this is arguably the most important part of this entire video…when it comes to investing, especially if you’re JUST starting out, is set up a Roth IRA. This is basically an account that you can put money into, and by the time you’re 59.5, you can pull ALL of your profit completely tax free without paying ANY capitals gains tax. Vanguard has a great option for a Roth IRA if you chose to invest with them.
Now third, in terms of WHAT to invest in, my BIGGEST recommendation for MOST people out there is to invest in an index fund with a low expense ratio. When people always ask “how can you get an averaged 8% return”…this is pretty much my advice. Long term, historically, over the last century, the stock market has returned about 8% annually, adjusted for inflation, with dividends re-invested.
Ok…number 4…and I figured I’d put this here instead of listing it back to back with the Roth IRA…but that’s setting up a Traditional 401k. This is an account where whatever you contribute is deducted from your total taxable income, and you can grow your investment tax free until you take it out at 59.5. This means that you’ll have MORE money to invest because you’re paying LESS in taxes. The “catch,” however, is that you’ll pay taxes on whatever you take out of your account after the age of 59.5.
Now number 5…back to investment options. If you want to, or you’re interested in doing a little more work, you can invest in individual stocks. I personally recommend you try to do this within a Roth IRA or 401k to avoid getting taxed on your profits…but this isn’t required. You can just as easily open an account on Robinhood, invest in individual stocks commission free, and reap some pretty great returns.
Now Number 6…my favorite…obviously…is investing in real estate Real Estate. Now unfortunately, this is one of those things that you’ll probably need to work up to. Especially if you’re just starting, unless you have a decent amount of money to already work with, I’d probably recommend saving up or investing elsewhere and then coming back to real estate one you have some capital to work with. Typically, you’re going to need about a 15-20% down payment – which could be a lot of money depending on where you’re planning to invest.
But real estate is my favorite for a few reasons:
The first if that you get immediate cashflow from renting it out.
Second, because of all of the tax deductions, most of that income you make is tax free
Third, you’re able to BORROW most of the money to buy real estate and slowly pay that off over time
Fourth, you’re building up equity as you pay down the loan – so eventually you’ll own it outright
And finally, the property is likely to increase in value over time
This is why it’s no surprise that 90% of the world’s millionaires are created through investing in real estate…and I’m absolutely no exception!
And finally…number 7…drum roll…is investing into a business. And this is probably where you can get the highest return from just about ANYTHING I’ve mentioned so far, or pretty much ANY other investment out there.
Now these are just a few ideas for you to go out and consider…some people might say forex trading, swing trading, etc, the list goes on. But as I mention time and time again, the higher the return, the riskier the investment, and that’s absolutely something to take into consideration.
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