It’s just a plain fact that one of the many things that this nation has to keep it and its economy growing strong, is it’s heavily diversified financial services sector. Even so, for the individual investor and you may be one of the many out there, it’s the diversity in and of itself that can make the decision of what to select from in this genre so incredibly difficult.
You see the problem for investors and entrepreneurs today with an eye towards growth is that actual business environment, particularly in the financial services sector has become so complicated, and sophisticated that the opinions of a qualified investment adviser are a pretty much prerequisite.
In general, financial investment advisers tend to break down investing into two distinct categories, and those are what are commonly referred to as indirect and direct investments. You may already be superficially familiar with direct investments because those tend to be the most talked about when you’re among friends, and acquaintances.
They come in the form of the vast selection of stocks in publicly owned companies, and government issued, or private bonds that are openly traded each working day on the stock market. Now what drives the price either up or down, is basic supply and demand and that in and of itself can be influenced by any number of factors.
In simple terms, when any one company is performing well or its future prospects appear to be positive or bright, demand will increase which in turn will bring down supply, and the result of this is that their values will rise. Also another factor along with demand that can work to drive or prop up the value of these types of investments, is shared dividends, or in a sense a cut of the company profits.
What bonds are is loans that have been taken out by businesses and government entities and when you purchase a bond you in effect assume a share of that loan. The benefit of these financial instruments is that they carry absolutely no risk of value decline, but their downside is that their percentage return rate is fixed, as is their payout when they mature.
Then we come to the second category and this is the one that financial investment advisers like to refer to as indirect investing and while your money does work in the same pool as direct investing, it does so in sort of group collaboration called trusts, and open ended investment companies. That is that it’s put into fund that is overseen, and parlayed by a manager, or group of managers.
The benefit of this type of investment, is you’re risk is limited by a larger level of diversity than you could achieve on your own. In short, your money gets spread around further. Also you have the added luxury of being able to examine past performance of these types of group investment plans before you buy into it.
Now there are two ways that you can go about direct investing in stocks and bonds and group investment plans and the first method is to do your own research, and base your decisions off of the results of it. However; keep in mind that the road in and out of this particular market sector is littered with the corpses of self styled experts. The second way is to seek out professional financial investment advice.