Top Questions on How to Invest Money
To get started, let your goals be your guide. First you must ask yourself key questions: What is my purpose for investing? What do I plan to do with the money I earn? When will I need it? Get help setting your goals now
Generally, sooner is better. History has shown that the longer you’ve been invested, the less impact short-term ups and downs of the market will have had on your overall return. So the earlier you invest, the longer your money has time to gain from market upturns, recover from downturns—and build on market returns through compounding.
Savings accounts are often seen as the ultimate “safe” place to put your money. But keep in mind that they can be affected by economic and market forces. When interest rates go down, your rate of savings generally does too. In fact, these days some savings rates haven’t even kept up with the rate of inflation, which means that if you put all your cash in savings alone, you could end up losing purchasing power over time.
To manage investment risk, we recommend including a mix of different types of investments, spreading your money across various investments helps balance your exposure to risk for the long term. Learn about planning your mix
We believe that
is the key to a long-term investment strategy. Over time, the markets will go up and down, and different investments may react differently. So it’s important that you spread your money (and risk) across different types of investments, such as stocks, bonds, and cash. By including a mix of investments from across asset classes, market segments, and industries, you can potentially gain greater opportunities with less downside risk.
No, there is no set investing limit to get help from Schwab. Whether you have a little or a lot, we can help you get started on the right track. Note that the Schwab One® Brokerage account and Schwab's Individual Retirement accounts (IRAs) have minimums to open of $1000. Those minimums are waived if you set up an automatic monthly transfer of $100 through direct deposit or Schwab MoneyLink or open a Schwab Bank High Yield Investor Checking account linked to your brokerage account.To speak with a Schwab investment professional, call 800-435-4000
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Past performance is no guarantee of future results.
Diversification strategies do not ensure a profit and do not protect losses in declining markets.
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