A look at various investment practices that everyone should use to grow their money.
CDs and Money Market Accounts: You should have some money in a CD or money market account with your bank. They give you a good interest rate, and are secure investments. If you have a CD you can’t take your money out before a pre-determined date without incuring penalties. With a money market account you are allowed to make minimum withdrawals. The best way to use these accounts is to take a sizeable sum of money that you don’t currently need, place it in the account and leave it alone to grow. It is also important to shop around for the bank with the highest interest rates.
Rainy Days: You never know when an accident might occur. Tthat is why you can’t have all your money tucked away in long term investments. Some money should be kept in a checking account for paying bills, but an even larger amount should be in a high yield savings account as an emergency fund. These savings accounts are available online from banks and offer higher interest rates than land based accounts. Having money stashed away for emergencies that you can get to quickly without penalties is very important.
Bonds: Having a few treasury bonds in your portfolio is a good Idea. They are considered the safest investment since they are backed by a guarantee from the government. They also don’t have very high rates of return. As rule the safer the investment, the lower the return. Any money you have in treasury bonds, though, you can be sure you’ll have until you cash them in.
Keep in mind that the above is just the basics. There are many things to invest in now a days but I believe these are the important investments everyone should have to ensure their future financial security.
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