Start saving while you are young, most financial advisers would say. But if you find yourself quite late in the game, your 40s are just a good time as any to start.
All you need to do is choose a type of investment that has a good potential for growth; one that covers not only you but also your loved ones.
Here are four ways you can make wise investments in your 40s.
1. Invest in mutual funds
Most people in their 40s have a lot on their plate: kids, work, and the day-to-day challenges that keep their minds occupied. This means they no longer have the spare time to commit to new things, and so they tend to be conservative in their investments. Sometimes they might even decide to forget about looking into new investments altogether.
A good investment option for the preoccupied forty-something is mutual funds. Let professional fund managers handle your money. All you need to do is find one that you feel comfortable with to invest your life savings in.
If the concept of mutual funds is new to you, read more about the basics of mutual funds.
2. Set up a source of passive income
You can also start a business that will allow you to earn extra income.
If you’re the type of person who would rather do it yourself, and if you need to see where your money is going and how it’s growing, make an upfront investment and earn money with minimal effort.
Find developing areas where there’s potential to start a business such as a hotel or a restaurant, or a resort, and be one of their investors. You can also be an investor in a business that’s already profitable, so long as you’ve done your research on the risks involved.
You might also want to seek some legal advice about acquiring properties, and the taxes that come with them.
3. Invest in self-improvement
Whether it’s starting a new hobby, putting up a small business to earn more money, or creating a more solid bond with your friends and family, always make time on things that truly matter—including your health and loved ones.
Depending on your priorities, this may mean maintaining a healthier lifestyle, pursuing further studies, and setting up an emergency savings account if you haven’t yet.
4. Develop a sound financial plan
One of the wisest financial decisions you can make is to keep your spending in check. Lifestyle inflation is real, and it commonly affects families with newly growing incomes. This doesn’t mean that you can’t indulge every once in a while; it only means being mindful of your spending and knowing where best to put your money.
These days, investing for planned purchases in the future is no longer enough. You also have to prepare for the financial impact of unexpected expenses.
As far as wise investments go, AXA’s MyAmbition is something to consider. With a minimum one-time investment of P50,000, you can already grow your money with the help of professional fund managers. Plus, you get the peace of mind knowing you’re covered. These benefits and more can be enjoyed with just a few clicks.