Why should you invest?Investing basics
If you’re reading this, then you probably want to learn more about investing. Before we dwell on it, let’s take a look at the main reasons that make investing worthwhile for your future.
Make your money work
There are three great ways you can get returns from investing.
- First up: capital gains. This is the value of your investments increasing over time. Of course, your investments can also lose value, but that’s the risk of all investment opportunities.
- Next: dividends. This is money paid out to you at regular intervals as a shareholder if the company is sufficiently profitable. Please note, not every company distributes dividends, and amounts vary depending on the company.
- Lastly: compound interest. This can generate long-term wealth as you slowly earn interest on your interest over the years. It depends on your ability to be patient.
Curious about how these work? Read more about how investing makes your money work.
Limit exposure to inflation
By making your money productive through investing, you can potentially protect yourself from inflation. The general rise in prices of goods effectively causes your money to lose value, especially with historically low bank interest rates.
Of course, it’s important to build up a security savings pot so you can handle any emergencies. However, investing allows you to build up wealth that could grow faster with a higher rate of return.
Want to know more about inflation? Check out this article.
Profit from rising markets
If you follow the news, you probably see headlines about record stock market prices, but also deep crashes. But despite the short-term fluctuations, the numbers speak for themselves. The S&P 500, which is an index made up of 500 large US stocks, consistently posts strong average returns between 6-7.5% annually.
And you’re in luck: it’s easier than ever to keep up with the news and latest trends. You can stay up-to-date with our Newsroom and read charts that show a stock’s historical performance, all in your BUX app.
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Invest according to your values
Maybe you’re interested in a particular sector, such as luxury goods, automobiles, or tourism? You can participate in the growth of these companies by becoming a shareholder.
Investing in a project you believe in and a company you share values with is even more motivating.
So, are you ready to take your first steps? Test yourself with our quiz first!