Hello Free Financial Advisor readers! I’m Marvin from Brick By Brick Investing, a blog that focuses on teaching the average joe how to invest in the stock market and grow their wealth in order to achieve financial independence. It’s my pleasure to have you as my audience today. If I could explain one thing to investors it would be this…
Investment returns are not the number one factor in regards to building wealth through the stock market. Now before you strike me down and start to curse my name hear me out. I pride myself in being completely honest with you and if our roles were reversed I would want you to do the same. Here are the three things that you have complete control over that matter most.
Earn More Money
While some make the noble attempt to educate themselves financially it has been my experience that they prematurely start investing and in return lose a substantial amount of money. I would advise instead of focusing all that energy chasing hot stock tips, attempt to be the best in your field. Strive hard for that promotion at work or for that bonus and when you achieve success allocate your increase in income to your overall portfolio. I would much rather see a safe low risk return of 6-8% on a portfolio of $100k+ than a high risk return of 15-20% on a portfolio of $10k.
Throughout college I worked hard and was able to levy that hard work into a favorable job market where I obtained a very coveted job skill. In return I was able to start making a large sum of money compared to my peers that I graduated with the year before. It wasn’t easy, there was a lot of sacrifice not only from myself but from my family as well. I basically sacrificed three years of my young adult life in order to acquire a nice salary. Now I am able to make low risk trades and investments and compound my wealth.
Increase Your Savings Rate
Stop trying to keep up with Joneses and stop living above your means. Eliminate your debt and spend less than you earn while investing the rest. I believe a good bit of us have been deployed and lived under basic conditions. Therefore I believe it is safe to say you can do without some of the luxuries that deplete cash from your wallet. I personally recommend that individuals should strive to save 50% of their income AFTER tax.
Time and time again I hear that this cannot be done but I did it for two years of my life. In fact I use to save 80% of my after tax income before I got married. I will never forget the day my wife discovered that I used shirts on hangers as curtains for my room, her facial expression was priceless. For six months I had nothing more than a mattress, laptop, and gorilla case in my room. These are the things that allowed me to save so much money at a young age. Since then my wife and I have come to happy medium and we save 50% of our after tax income and indulge in some luxuries but if it were up to me we could save a lot more.
Choose A Great Financial Advisor
While no fault of their own a lot of individuals believe all financial advisors are created equal, but the harsh reality is they are not. It is imperative that you verify potential advisors credentials, fee structure, and capabilities. Some advisors may try to use a broad stroke with all their clients and you need to verify that your potential advisor has a plan for your specific situation. Do not feel that you cannot ask questions. In fact you are interviewing them for a job to manage your investments. Ensure that you leave no questions unasked and make sure you understand the answers that are given to you. Albert Einstein said, “If you can’t explain it simply, then you don’t know it well enough.”
Increasing Investment Returns Can Be Simple
If you do these three things I guarantee you will outperform 90% of your peers in terms of investing and ensure a successful retirement. These are the things I live, preach, and teach.
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