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Preparing to Invest? Here are some tips for you!

Before you consider investing you should look at your financial situation carefully. It is important to consider your assets, liabilities, income and expenditure to ensure that you are able to commit to the investment. Withdrawing early from an investment can be severely detrimental. For advice on financial budgeting you should consult an Independent Financial Advisor.
Investing carries a risk, more than that of simply putting your money into a bank. Investing directly in the stock market or via investment trusts means you are risking the possibility of losing your money, though in return you gain greater potential for your money to grow over the long term. If you are worried about the risks, it is best to refer the matter to your Independent Financial Advisor.
Some Tips To Help You Consider your liabilities
    If you are in a lot of debt you should think seriously before investing money in equities. Most investments are for the long term and withdrawing early can affect your investment badly. High risk investment is not a suitable way of getting out of debt.
Have some secure savings 
    Ensure that you invest all your capital, set some aside for emergencies. Removing your money from an investment early due to unforeseen problems can have crippling consequences, and drastically reduce your available capital.
Make sure you can survive losses 
    There is a risk involved with all investments. To be comfortable investing you should be able to survive any losses. You are after a profit, but your finances should not be crippled if you make a loss which could cause you to incur further losses or expenses.
Do research 
    It is a good idea to read financial publications as well as financial news sources, both in print and online, to get a feeling for the various investment choices. This includes the strengths and weaknesses of different sectors, the current performance of investment markets, what different experts advise, and how they differ from one another. Always remember to never take one source of information without consulting others, especially if you find the information online.
A lot of information on a wide spectrum of investments can usually be found on the financial pages of the national broadsheets, and there are also magazines and websites dedicated specifically to investing and financial matters.
If you are in any doubt, you should seek professional financial advice before investing. This isn’t free, but the cost of getting advice may save you a lot of money in the long run.
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