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It will be there when you need it! Especially if you are a low risk taker like me, and you choose sedurities that support industry that you value.
Imagine a little more flexibility in your budget but just could not seem to make it happen. For years, I have been interested in the stock market, but was too risk averse based on my investor profile to take the plunge. However, one year I did! With birthday money. Not a lot by some standards, but I found an investment house that worked with my budget and bought my first stocks. Then, I forgot about it, allowing the interest to be reinvested in more stock purchases. Over a few years, my tiny investment multiplied to more than 15 times it’s initial value. When I needed it, it was there.
And, it is never too late to start! Here are a few noteworthy facts about the markets:
- Investors trade debt securities, mostly bonds, issued by corporations or municipalities on the bond market. Equity securities, stocks and derivatives (options, futures, etc.), are traded on the stock market (https://www.investopedia.com/ask/answers/09/difference-between-bond-stock-market.asp).
- The entire world’s stock exchanges have a capitalization of $80 trillion USD.
- The U.S. exchanges (NYSE & NASDAQ) comprise 39% of the entire global stock market value – with a market capitalization of $31 Trillion USD. This is larger than next 7 largest exchanges combined, I.e., Japan, China, Euronext, London, Hong Kong, and Canada (https://www.liberatedstocktrader.com/stock-market-statistics/).
If you have never bought a stock or a bond, you can put a stake in the ground as soon as you get some “unbudgeted” money. Consider the following stats on people who have taxable investment accounts in the leading US markets:
- 21% of women and 24% of men hold investment accounts
- 46% of married couples without dependents and 36% of couples with dependents hold investment accounts.
- 27% of single males with or without dependents hold investment accounts
- 23% of single females without dependents and 15% of single females with dependents hold investment accounts
- By generations: 22% of millennials, 29% of Gen Xers, 39% of Boomers, and 53% of Silents hold investment accounts
- Investors typically have an income higher than $50K, a college degree, high levels of financial literacy, and higher risk tolerance.
- Race does not matter with just a negligible 4% difference across groups (https://www.liberatedstocktrader.com/stock-market-statistics/).
So, don’t let anyone talk you out of making a good investment in an industry that you value!
Investors are globally in the minority, but that doesn’t mean that you are excluded because you did not get a personal invitation! Listen, I know that if I did it then you can do it too. Start with what you have, be it $25, $100, or $100,000. Nobody’s future is at stake but yours. Put a stake in the ground and tell yourself that it is just a symbol of your brighter future.
I guarantee you that it will be there when you need it the most!
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