7 Factors to Consider Before Deciding Any Investment Product

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    Investing in right products is very important or else the investment will have an impact which may end up without giving any benefits.

    Investing is a life long process and it is better to start as soon as you start earning to the reap the best benefits.
    Every investor objectives are differ based on the commitment, income and risk. Investing requires rigid saving habits.

    It is always better to contribute to savings or investment accounts on regular basis with the help of automated systems, which will help you in saving or investing unknowingly.

    Before investing in any financial product one should be aware of factors which can impact investments.

    Time Horizon

    All investment carry some risk based on the income generation capacity. If you are planning to invest in shares, one should consider the price fluctuations in your investments.

    If the investment is for a long time, then you will probably tolerate more risk as you get more time to cover up your loses.

    Investing at different Life Stages

    An individual goes through different life stages professionally and personally. Financial investment should vastly depend on the stage you are and your near term and far term commitments.

    Investing when you get a hike may differ from when you are planning for your kids education or for retirement. So, asset allocation plan a major role in investment.

    Returns Expected and Risk

    Investment mostly depends on the returns you expect depending on that one can choose whether to invest heavily into equities or debt or balance your portfolio.

    One must know that risk and return go hand in hand. If you looking for better returns in short time, then you should be ready to bear risk if the market fluctuates.

    How much to invest?

    You should also know for what purpose you are investing and how much you need and the final amount. These factors will help you decide how much should invest now to reach that magic number.

    Considering Tax avenues

    Government has some best tax saving investment options which will help you in saving tax and help you save more as most of the tax saving instruments come with minimum lock in period.

    Come out of debt

    Before anything, better to come out of debt as debt will hardly help you to save and invest more. Avoid unnecessary loan for luxury, make less use of credit cards. Save your credit score for home loan.

    Emergency fund

    Setting aside emergency fund is very vital as it will help you not to touch your investment in case of need. Or else you will end up using you investment and may lose the expected return.

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    Story first published: Friday, February 20, 2015, 10:56 [IST]
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