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    Posted by Shane McQuillan 20 Aug 2019
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    A Beginner's Guide to Investment - How to set up an Investment Portfolio

    The world of investment has been dramatically changing over the past few years; undergoing what can almost be described as 'proletarianization' as investors get younger as the avenues for actually setting up a portfolio.

    We've seen this with the emergence of digital trading platforms. Some of which include Trading 212,, and TrustedIn Trading, which provide a broad amount of insight into the world of investing, while also providing the virtual pieces of what would normally be the role of a stockbroker.

    With this kind of digitalization happening in a world considered so high-stakes, it's pretty easy to either get over-stimulated with all of the opportunities. Or so overwhelmed that you actually stop before you ever began.

    For those getting started, it's always worth knowing how to actually get started. So here's a little beginners guide to starting up in the world of investment, and how to start up your own investment portfolio.

    First of all - Set out With a Plan

    It's not enough to just unilaterally decide that you're going to get started up on an online stock trading platform, you have to know where you're going to be. So you need to ask yourself just why you want to start investing; is it for your future house? Are you looking at flipping stocks for quick returns?

    Whichever it is, you'll need to think about just how much you're able to inject into your portfolio on a weekly, monthly or annual basis.

    So what does a plan do for you? For one, if you're building up a long-term investment plan, this gets you in the mindset of accepting some initial setbacks on your investment picks.

    Second - With a Plan, now Think About Your Budget

    As much as we commonly associate investors with the kinds of people with thousands, even tens of thousands of pounds to pour into stocks, the truth is that it's much more accessible these days.

    There are actually a growing number of investment platforms (including crypto exchanges) that allow investors to make monthly deposits of £10 or more a month. This allows you to steadily accumulate money in order to shape your portfolio.

    Third - Risk and Reward

    If you're looking to make some major returns on your investments, then you have to be willing to accept a certain amount of risk in your portfolio. But, what's the difference between the different kinds of investments? And what kind of balance should there be?

    For starters, here are some of the 'stable' kinds of investments available:

    • Bonds (low-risk corporate)
    • Funds
    • Government bonds (gilts)
    • UK property market
    • Exchange-Traded Funds
    • ISAs
    • Precious Metals - Gold, Silver, Palladium, Etc.

    These are generally considered more stable on account of the reliability of institutions you're investing in. Government and corporate bonds in more financially stable countries tend to be either low or almost zero risk on account of this.

    Having a collection of these in your account allows you to have a stable 'rock' from which you can invest in more risky assets.

    For example, here are some of the more 'risky' investments you can make:

    • Moderate risk corporate bonds
    • Global Shares
    • Mutual Funds

    Having these in your portfolio allow you to get a good mixture of stability while getting exposure to assets that offer an often significantly higher annual yield. Holding these longer-term tend to be great for yields; with moderate-risk investments providing returns of anywhere from 5-15%.

    Lastly, have a modest number of high-risk investments in your portfolio that offer you some rewarding payouts if they perform well. It's important to either concentrate on these if you're more experienced as a short position trader, or a smaller number of them so as not to shatter the liquidity of your total portfolio.

    These high-risk assets can offer payouts of 10-30% compared to other kinds of investments.

    Here are some of the high-risk investments you can get involved with:

    If you're more comfortable sustaining some losses in the interest of securing bigger returns, then invest in a couple of stable investments, with a larger percentage of moderate and higher-risk assets.

    If, however, you're looking to have a stable portfolio, simply reverse this ratio.