Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Investment ideas for the home maker

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Homemaker and Investments?
Not a good combination, most people would say. Many people think homemakers make very bad investors, as they do not have knowledge about the share markets and the technical aspects of investing. That's completely false notion. Looking from a fundamental analysis point of view, they are the ones who could be good investors as they make all purchase decisions for the entire family and they are aware which company performs better for what reason.

They may not have to make a decision by looking at the balance sheet of the company; they are the main consumers of most of the products around. This is a strength, which can help them analyze stocks and invest in shares and equity. They are uniquely qualified to buy and sell shares.

How does a homemaker choose appropriate investment options?
The best way to plan your investment is to know your goals. Try to take a piece of paper and write down what you would like to achieve in your life time, you might want to have a house of your own, probably a luxurious car, a world tour etc. These are your long-term goals.
There may be a few other things that you need to achieve in the next two to three years or more, for example higher studies, marriage, purchase a two wheeler etc., these are your short term goals. Remember, your short term goals keep changing as you move on in your life. Your short-term goals today are not going to be the same when you become a mother. The article discusses in detail about the investment options for homemakers at different stages of life.

Where to invest in your 20s
In your 20s, you are likely to be in your college or at your first job, so your income is definitely going to be very less. You can choose to invest them in a recurring saving deposit or bank deposits where you can earn low but regular and fixed returns. You can also choose to invest your money in mutual funds because the risk involved is lesser and you can invest very small amounts of money. Once you have started earning good money in your late 20s you can start investing your money in equities where the risk and returns are higher.

Where to invest in your 30s
In your 30s as homemakers, you might not have plenty of money to invest in, but make sure you have a term insurance for yourselves and your family. A health insurance will help keep you more secure during times of emergency. Try to cut down unwanted expenses and invest in education funds for your childrens' higher education, take up a suitable retirement plan for yourselves and your spouse. Avoid endowment plans; they carry higher charges and may not give high returns.

Avoid buying gold ornaments, they are only going to eat away your money in the form of wastage and making charges. Instead, invest in gold-based funds and buy gold in the form of coins/bars.

Where to invest in your 40s
In your 40s, you need to boost your children's education and wedding investments and your investment for retirement. If you are planning to build a house for 1500 Square feet, take only 1000 Square feet for your accommodation, rent the 500sq feet space, and use the money for investments. You can also take in a paying guest and use the rental and food charges for your short-term investments avenues.

Where to invest in your 50s
In your 50s you should invest in risk free investments. If you need to withdraw your long-term investment for your son's higher education, withdraw it or switch it to a debt fund at least a year before he gets the admission. Do not wait until the last minute, as you will be at risk if there is a sudden fall in the market.

In the 60s and beyond
Transfer the amount of money you have into bank deposits or into a recurring deposit (RD) so that you will receive good returns and your money will be safe. Avoid risky investments in your 60s.

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