An investment is something that an investor puts money into to make his money grow. If an investor works part-time, his hard-earned money can be invested, making his money work for him. Investments carry varying degrees of risk, which can depend on the amount invested, its duration, and most importantly, the rate of return.
Safer investments provide greater certainty that the investor can keep what he originally invested, although the rate of return may be lower in such cases. When investment risk increases, the investor may be offered a higher rate of return, but the risk of what could lead to the loss of all or part of the invested money increases.
Based on one's own budget and goals, before investing, a person must decide what type of investor he wants to be and what financial risk he is willing to take with his money. Investments can be cash or cash equivalents, fixed asset investments, equity investments, investments in the purchase of liquid commodities in commodity markets, etc.
Cash or cash-equivalent investments are the safest investments, but generally have the lowest rates of return. They include savings accounts, term deposits, treasury bills, and money market mutual funds. These investments can easily be converted to cash.
Most banks, trust companies, credit unions and investment firms offer a wide range of investment options for investing clients' money. It all depends on what type of investment the client prefers in terms of risk, duration, amount and other market factors.
These financial institutions have advisors on hand to help invest, either in banking products or in other financial instruments, which implies a consulting fee or management fee. Therefore, an investor needs to think about goals, preferences, and comfort zone before investing