If there is one thing we all want from life, it’s to be better off. Whether that’s with money or general lifestyle, each one of us would like to think we can improve our situations. However, even if you want to cut down on your reliance on money, it is the one thing that can make things happen for you. So put away your dreams of going off the grid and becoming self-sufficient for just a moment. We’re going to look at ways of bringing you financial success, whatever your situation.
To many people born before 1975, all debt is bad. However, in the last couple of years, there has been a complete change in opinion. There are debts that are bad, but there are also ‘good’ debts. Understanding the difference is going to help you make better financial choices.
Let’s take a look at good debt first. Affordable mortgages and cheap loans are good – as long as you pay them back. Much of modern society is based on borrowing and, used wisely, it can give you what you need to succeed. Put it this way – if all debt was bad, would banks borrow money?
However, when you don’t pay back what you owe on time, or you borrow more than you can afford, it is a bad debt. Once you reach, this stage things can get out of control. Bad debt should be dealt with sooner rather than later, as it costs you more than you would make from a savings account or investment. So remove your bad debts – that’s your first step to financial success.
Once you have cleared your expensive debt, it is time to start saving. The higher interest account you can get, the better. Be aware that you won’t be able to access your money whenever you want, and it will take a month or so for those funds to be released. It’s the price you pay for a better return.
Play the long game, and your money will grow steadily. Also, have a quick access savings account. This is for money you should put away for a rainy day or an emergency, that can act as a buffer between your everyday money and your serious savings. Don’t be afraid of spending this when you have to, but make sure you keep it topped up.
After a while, you should have a good amount of savings in your high-interest account. While this money is safe, it isn’t working hard enough for you, so take any surplus that you can afford and think about investing.
Finding a good broker can help. There are plenty of tools you can use, too, from the stock market charts in the paper to software packages. Be careful about what you invest in, however. All investments can be volatile, and even currencies can weaken overnight and leave you in a vulnerable position. Even safe currencies like the dollar and euro can move wildly – as you can see on the eur-usd chart here. Create a portfolio with a good mix of stocks, bonds, property, and currencies, and you should reduce your risk.
And there you have it. It sounds simple, and with the right knowledge, it can be. However, as with anything in life, the less you know, the worse the results. So be careful, invest well, and have fun.