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What are your financial options?
If you’re looking to retire or invest then you may be wondering what your financial options are. In fact there are many options available to you. If you’d like to invest very securely you may invest some of your money into a CD or multiple CDs. CDs are certificates of deposit with your local bank and both your bank and the United States government, through the FDIC, back them. CDs are run in terms such as one year, ten years, or thirty years. The longer the term you choose, generally, the higher the interest rates on the loan you receive. As long as you do not withdraw any money from the deposit prior to the expiration date you will receive the full interest and after the expiration you are usually given the option to invest the full amount into a new CD. If you withdraw money prior to the expiration date however you may lose your interest or have a penalty upon it.
If you’re looking for longer term investments or those with greater risks but possibly greater rewards then there are many options you can choose. If you contact a financial advisor they can help you choose between futures, options, bonds, and stocks. Futures are an agreement whereby you either agree to buy or sell a certain commodity, resource, or currency at a later date a price set during the current date. In some cases you may end up with a loss but in some cases you may end up buying a commodity for much cheaper than the current market value. Options are another security similar to futures. Options are contracts that say that a later date you may, but do not have to, buy or sell a resource or commodity at a price set today. Options are nice because supposing the price of the commodity you have the option to buy drops you don’t have to purchase it. On the flip side if the resource you have the option to sell increases in price you do not have to sell it.
Stocks are another option and they’re frequently invested in. With stocks you actually own a portion of the company whose stock you own. If you buy enough stocks you can influence the direction the company takes in the future. Stocks rise and fall independently of the company’s assets and sometimes a company may sell an asset for a loss but receive a rise in stock value. The last option covered in this article is bonds. Bonds are similar to stocks but instead of being an owner dependent upon the company doing well you’re actually a creditor to the company. You receive payment based upon a certain plan and timeframe with a set interest rate. These are usually rather secure although they may not offer quite the same possible gains as stocks. If you’re interested in investing you should do some research into all of your financial options and consider contacting a financial advisor today.