Everybody should think carefully about how to fund their retirement. Unfortunately, many people don’t start thinking about it until it’s too late. Whether you plan for retirement in your 20s or just before you retire, you should think about making investments. Investing not only gives to something to do, but it helps to top up your retirement income too. And perhaps it could even give you a full-time income. Some investments may require more work than others. For example, if you invest in rental property you will need to pay for maintenance and other unexpected costs. But for many investments you can hand over the hard work to someone else, so you can sit back and reap the benefits.
Stocks and Bonds
Owning a portfolio of stocks and bonds might not sound like the most exciting thing in the world, but it can be a solid investment. Building up a simple portfolio isn’t very hard, especially if you get help from a mutual fund. A mutual fund takes thousands of small invests and puts their money together. Then the fund’s manager buys stocks, bonds and other securities with it. By putting some of your money into a fund, you get a part of its investments back. This method of investing allows you to build a more diverse portfolio with less money. You can also manage your own investments, but this will take a little more skill and knowledge.
Investing in rental property is another way to bring in a continuous income during your retirement. Building up a portfolio of properties will allow you to create a substantial income package. And you can even have someone else manage the properties. Remember though that you are responsible for the upkeep of the properties and will need to pay maintenance costs. Paying someone to manage the properties is another cost, and finding people to live in them could cost you further. With this type of investment, it will be easier to make a profit with several properties. Alternatively, you could buy, renovate and sell properties. But your chance at success will rely heavily on the housing market.
For something slightly different, you could consider investing in precious metals. The most common precious metals to trade in are gold, silver and platinum. The value of gold remains fairly stable, especially in comparison to the stock market. It is less affected by supply and demand than other investments. Silver value fluctuates more, while platinum is an ever riskier investment. If you are considering investing in precious metals, you can place your assets into a gold IRA (Individual Retirement Account). Doing so can give you additional tax-related advantages.
Making investments in whichever assets or industry may seem like something only an expert can do. But the truth is that it isn’t difficult to begin setting up an investment portfolio. If you do some research before starting and continue to ask for advice as you go, you will soon learn the ropes.