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5 Things to Know Before Investing

When it comes to investing, there are several things you need to be aware of before diving in. While investing your money is one of the best ways to increase your wealth, knowing what you are doing is the only way to be successful in investing. Keep reading to learn five things to know before investing your hard-earned money.

  1. Investment Has Risk

Ever heard of investment risk? If not, investment risk is real. As the stock market tends to fluctuate and is volatile, it is imperative to decide whether or not you want to invest short-term or long-term. The reason for this is because due to the stock market’s uncertainty, especially right now in the midst of this pandemic, investing short term might result in a larger return on an investment. However, with investing short term or long term, investors need to be aware of the inevitable fluctuation of the stock market.

  1. What Type of Account Do You Want to Open?

When investing, you have several types of accounts to choose from and eventually open. For starters, there are standard brokerage accounts, retirement accounts, education accounts, and even accounts for kids. These types of investment accounts rely on the status of the stock market, as most accounts do. It is crucial to do your research on each type of account and which you want to invest in. We would be happy to help you research and explore your options for investing.

  1. Options for Your Accounts

Do you know where you want to begin opening an account? Most investors opt for opening an investment account via a brokerage. However, you can also open investment accounts through banks. How you want to invest and where you want to invest will help guide you in finding the best place to open an account and begin investing.

  1. Research Taxes on Stocks

Taxes tend to give most people worry, but when it comes to stocks, they are not too big of a deal. In fact, the type of account you are wanting to open determines the taxes you’ll owe. If taxes are a concern for you when making the decision of whether or not to invest, your best bet is to talk to a financial professional to see how taxes will look for you should you open an investment account.

  1. Times Have Changed

Nowadays, your ability to research investment account types and stocks can be done at the palm of your hand. Using apps such as Acorn or Robinhood is a great way to begin investing. However, prior to signing up, you still need to properly research and be educated on this process.


Investing in general does not have to be hard, as long as you are in the correct mindset. The internet is a wonderful resource for information; however, we highly recommend you speak with a financial professional to go over what’s best for YOU personally. Ready to get started? Give us a call: 301-907-9790

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