How to Invest
Investing does not always have to be complex. At PhillipCapital, we have simplified the investing basics into four simple steps below. Follow our step-by-step guide to get you started.
1. Set Your Goals
Before you can define any objectives, ask yourself what you would want to achieve. Is your goal to save for retirement, payment for mortgage or something else?
Pen it down
Instead of visualising, writing your objectives will make them more realistic
Set your investment timeframe
Is it short term (<1 year), medium term (1-5 years) or long-term (>5 years)?
Figure out how much you’ll need
Based on your goals, define your target rate of returns and therefore, figure out how much money you’ll need
2. Plan Your Investments
It is important to understand how much risk you can accept before embarking into the investment.
Understanding your Risk Profile
Determine your risk tolerance here to find out what level of risk and reward you are comfortable with.
Diversifying your assets
Based on your risk tolerance, see the suggested asset allocation. Remember that in order to further minimise your risk, it is important to diversify your investments within each asset class as concentration on a single investment is risky.
3. Start Investing
Now that you know your Investment objective and have planned your investment, the next step is to put that into an action plan. Start your investment early to maximise the effect of compounding.
Open an account
At PhillipCapital, we have several types of accounts to best suit your investment needs. Find out more and open a Phillip Trading Account.
Transferring funds to your account
Explore the various educational tools available to help you in your investment decisions.
4. Stay Focused
It is important to regularly look at the progress you are making towards your investment objectives and rebalance your portfolio, if required.
Even modest contributions, when made regularly, will have a substantial effect due to the power of compounding.
Check your investment (s)
You’re working hard for your money, so ensure that your investments are also working for you. Check your investments regularly (more often if you have a riskier portfolio), especially if any major life events (such as getting married or welcoming a new child) occur as these may call for some adjustments in your portfolio.
Rebalance your portfolio
This is an important process in managing your portfolio because when the markets move, it requires commitment to stay on track. Remember that you may need to rebalance your portfolio by moving gains from assets that have done well to put them into those that may have high potential growth.
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