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How to Invest Money Responsibly

By Charles Hopkins Published 09/19/2006 | Entrepreneur

Money is such a powerful thing. It can determine one's freedom, success and even his outlook in life. That is the reason why money needs to be invested properly. And it has to be done as early as possible.

You are sure to be investing money responsibly if you:

1. Set your priorities right. Make a set of achievable goals. You might not achieve all of them, so focus on the most important ones first. You should also be prepared for obstacles along the way. Formulate viable plans on how to counter these situations.

2. Devise a sound budget. Always map out the ways you are going to spend your money. Make an outline and stick to it. Budgets may be limiting, but it is very necessary to effectively manage funds.

3. Understand how investments work. Stocks, bonds, mutual funds and real estate, these are just some of the popular options when it comes to investing. If you are particularly interested in any one of these, you've got to exert some effort to learn how it works.

4. Watch your debts. Debts can come from loans, credit cards, and mortgages. There are good debts and bad debts. Before you borrow money, always determine whether doing it is reasonable or not. Are you borrowing to secure a house? That's usually a good cause. But if you need to make a loan just to buy personal things, that's a bad debt. You'll just end up paying off interests later on.

5. Save. Save for the most important things. Save for your children's college so you won't need to secure a loan for it in the future. Save for your retirement so that you will have enough when you reach your golden years. It is advisable that you start saving early. There are different ways to do it nowadays. Maximize all the options available to you.

6. Allocate your assets. In order for you to yield good returns on your investment, follow the basics of asset allocation. Know the stocks and bond funds you own. Project their individual earnings accurately.  

7. Get help. Look for a person trustworthy enough to manage your finances, assets and funds. Let them guide you accordingly. Ask for their opinion whenever a major decision has to be made. But do not rely on them entirely. You should have some take on things too.

8. Manage your taxes. Accurately compute for your taxes. This is to make sure that you don't pay over or under what is due. There are different rules in assessing your income tax. Some profits have different brackets of their own. If you know how to prepare tax papers, do it accurately. Otherwise, have a professional do it for you.

9. Apply for practical insurance coverage. There are three basic things that you have to insure. That's your life, your house and your car; in that order. Get only the coverage you need the most. Do not apply for provisions that you won't possibly need. But be careful in eliminating those that seems unimportant now but that could be essential sometime in the future.

These are just some of the ways to invest your money responsibly. Follow all of these and you are sure to enjoy financial freedom sooner that you've expected.