People invest for different reasons, such as to fund their retirement or another future event. Whatever the reason, the objective is usually to maximise the potential returns on their money.
Investing in stock market based investments can give your money the potential to work harder and grow quicker. Of course, with the potential for growth comes the risk that you may not get back what you invest. Risk is also related to how long the investment is undertaken. With stock market based investments you should consider a longer term view and be willing to invest for the medium to longer term (at least 5 years) to minimise the potential adverse effects of short term market volatility.
Making investment decisions needn’t be difficult, however there are some important factors that should be considered before proceeding with any investment. Read more below.