At E World, we often discuss investments and more ‘experimental options’ like cryptocurrency, but this month we wanted to take some time to discuss the tried and true method of purchasing stocks for your portfolio. The first and most important thing to consider when investing in stocks is your level of comfort managing risk. Investments can be one of the most financially risky things an individual may do if they don’t take the time to properly research it.

Before venturing into an investment portfolio, know your level of tolerance for risk. Ask yourself how you would manage a serious drop in investment value. The answer you reach will help determine how much risk you are willing to tolerate and how well you measure risk.

Return on Investment (ROI) Expectations

All too often, investors dive into risky investments without a thorough study of their chosen investments’ past performance and ROI. This is a big mistake. Rather than increasing your investment risk, take the time to analyze each investment you plan to buy and invest in, such as stocks, bonds, mutuals or real estate.

The definition of ROI can clarify what your expectations should be. The general definition of ROI is that it is a ratio between net profits and the cost of investments. Study the highs and lows of your chosen investments.

How to Invest

Beginners to investing can rely on an investment company, financial institution, individuals or hedge fund managers to create an investment portfolio, a collection of investments chosen by the investor with the assistance of an investment adviser. Investments are purchased through a licensed investment broker.

The simplest introduction to investing for beginners is their employers’ retirement plan. As with all investments, make certain you understand the details of a retirement plan. Choose the one best suited to your income and retirement planning.

How to Buy Stock

Investors set up an account with an investment broker by depositing stocks or cash into the account. Once the account has been opened, the broker will provide investment options on the types of investments you want. The broker will then execute the trade on a stock exchange such as NASDAQ or Dow.

Another factor to know is that you can make a “market order” or a “limit order.”Market orders are those in which you request stock purchases at prevailing market prices. Limit orders are when you buy stock at limited prices.

Other Considerations When Investing in Stocks

Avoid investing heavily in an employer’s company stock. Choose a stable mix of investment types. At E World, we encourage our clients to build thoroughly diversified portfolios. Develop a personal investing plan for the future and keep a financial emergency fund. Take advice from most successful investors and study their investing habits as well.