If you are young and have a stable career, then you should look at starting to save for your retirement (if you haven’t started already). Remember, the sooner you start, the bigger your retirement fund will be. Heck! You may even be able to retire much earlier too. Imagine playing golf or relaxing by your beach house on a weekday by the time you are 45, or even 50. No more Monday blues or rush hour traffic. Sounds great, doesn’t it? It is possible, provided you start building up your retirement fund early, and build it right.
We all know that the economy doesn’t look good right now, but the depression isn’t going to last forever. The stock market’s volatility has eroded many a retirement funds, and don’t seem to be recovering any time soon. But, there are other avenues where you can invest to beat the volatility of the stock market or the low returns on cash deposits, not to mention the ever growing inflation. For instance if we take the annual inflation rate at 4% (an average of the last few decades), then a fund of $1 million after 30 years will be roughly equivalent to $300,000 in today’s value. So do the math and figure out how fat your retirement fund should be to live on comfortably after you stop working.
Adam Ginsberg, a highly successful entrepreneur and wealth-building coach, recommends two key areas to invest in that can boost up your retirement fund beyond the cost of inflation.
That’s right! The good ol’ shiny, yellow metal. Gold prices have beaten the economic downturn, the crashing stock markets, the economic depression, and have risen the most in the past decade. Gold has always been a practical investment for the pragmatic citizen. The rising inflation and the eroding value of paper money have had little effect on the value of this precious metal. Adam Ginsberg strongly recommends including this commodity in your retirement nest egg. Now, you could buy gold in a variety of ways too. The most common is to buy this metal in the physical form of bullion bars or coins. But remember when buying physical gold that while bullion bars are available at prevailing market prices, coins, on the other hand, are priced at perceived collector value. The second option is to invest in Gold ETFs (exchange traded funds), which too are traded at the prevailing market rates. This way you do not have to take physical possession of gold but instead get fund certificates, which are easy to store and faster to liquidate.
2. Real Estate
If “are you kidding me?” is the thought in your mind right now, read on and you’ll know why Adam Ginsberg recommends investing in real estate. Sure, real estate has probably felt the worst brunt of the economic crash in the last few years, which is exactly why it makes such a lucrative investment option. Home prices are probably at their lowest right now and so are mortgage interest rates. So, go ahead and buy yourself a home. Take out a mortgage on it and pay it off. Over years the demand for real estate will grow, because the population will grow and the economy must grow, so the prices will grow. Secondly, once you’ve paid off your mortgage, redirect your mortgage installments to more traditional retirement savings. Third, once you retire you can consider selling off your current home and buy yourself something smaller, which could possibly get you some extra cash to spend in your retirement years.
While these investment options come highly recommended by Adam Ginsberg, you should do your own research before you decide to put your money into them. And, if you come across some more lucrative areas to put your retirement money into, we’d love to hear about them.
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