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Am I financially ready to invest?

Answer these three questions to find out

By Karl Van Sielman

You might think you don’t have enough money to start investing. But you may be closer than you think.

If you can answer ‘yes’ to these three questions, then you may be financially ready to invest.

If not, then we’ll explain what you need to do first.

Q1: Are you free of any high‐interest rate loans?

You’ll want to pay off any high‐interest rate loans you may have before you start investing.

The reason is simple: you might have to pay more interest than the amount of interest you would actually make from your investments. Put yourself in a better financial position so you can focus on growing your investments instead.

Q2: Do you have enough money saved up for unexpected emergencies?

Build up your emergency savings and you won’t have to dip into your investment money from time‐to‐time.

You want at least three to six months of living expenses saved up. That way, if you do have to dip into your savings for an emergency, your investment money stays untouched.

Q3: Are you prepared to invest your money for at least five years?

The longer you invest your money for, the more time you give yourself to allow any potential returns to grow in value.

Your investments can rise and fall in value and you could get back less than invested. You need the confidence to hold onto your investments for the long‐term and stick to your financial goals.

The results

If you answer ‘yes’ to these three questions, then you may be financially ready to invest.

You can still learn more about investing in general in our Investment Knowledge Hub if you want.

If you answered ‘no’ to one or more of these questions, then you may want to pay off any loans, build up any savings and put long‐term financial plans in place first.

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