Investing became a lot more than a hobby over the last century. Now, investing has become a status symbol, business model, industry, and pastime. As the industry expands so do the benefits of investing.

Wealth

This may seem like the most obvious motivation for joining the plethora or investors. You see, it has long been known that investment acts as a wealth engine. It creates a valuable asset out of ownership in a profitable enterprise. Not only does this have the ripple effect of making others wealthy, but it also strengthens the fabric of the economy by forming a solid basis of value as a foundation. Investing makes it possible for the productive enterprise of a few to create long-lasting benefits for many. Investing also helps you to increase the value of your wealth obviously. As described on AllBusiness, “Investing your money can allow you to grow it. Most investment vehicles, such as stocks, certificates of deposit, or bonds, offer returns on your money over the long term. This return allows your money to build, creating wealth over time.

Leverage

It has been famously noted there is no greater power in the universe than compound interest. I submit there may be no greater power, but there is an equivalent, and that is the power of an increasing share price. When you invest in equity shares, you can leverage this advantage to increase your profitability.

A valuable stock does so many great things for a company. It can be used as compensation. It can also be used to collateralize expansion and research. It can even become a marketing tool. But most importantly, it becomes an asset of the prudent investor.

Enterprise

The key to civilization lies in the spirit of enterprise. This is the key concept that makes investing attractive. Investing supports big-picture development. How else can a nation hope to build great works like highways, cities and satellites? Without investment, few great works would even be possible, much less a reality.

The fact that civilization has discovered a way to make enterprise possible while making those who invest wealthy and in a position to bring about their own great works is just as much a part of progress as the concept of stocks and bonds themselves.