Awhile ago I made a video about how to invest your first $1000, although since $1000 wasn’t enough to really see a sizable return, heres how to invest your first $10,000 in 2018. Enjoy! Add me on Instagram/Snapchat: GPStephan
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These would be my personal top 5 ways to invest your first $10,000 to get the most bang for the buck:
The first option could be to invest in a tax advantaged account like a Roth IRA or 401k. This would give you the one of the highest IMMEDIATE benefits of just about any other option you could take at the beginning. A Roth IRA is an account where you contribute your after-tax money, and your money grows tax-free until your 59.5. At that time, you can pull out all of your profit without paying any taxes on the gains. You also have the option of investing within a 401k…this is where you contribute money before you pay any taxes on it, it’s deducted from your total earned income that year, and you won’t pay taxes on that income. Both of these options would give you a really solid foundation long term. This is a set it and forget it strategy.
The second option to invest $10,000 would be individual stocks. Even though I’m personally not a fan of investing in individual stocks and I’d rather go for an index for simplicity’s sake, $10,000 is enough to see some really great returns if you’re an experienced trader or can pick well-performing companies and stocks. It’ll likely be better to invest in individual stocks within a tax advantaged account like an IRA or 401k, but you can play around with it in a taxable trading account and have access to your money whenever you want it. This would be a solid option for anyone looking to invest $10,000 and doesn’t mind researching and trading stocks – it can actually be pretty fun if you’re making money.
The third option is – REAL ESTATE. FYI: it’ll be hard to invest in real estate with only $10,000 unless you buy something in a very, very cheap part of the country – at which case, I’d recommend you also have some savings built up besides the $10,000 because things can and will break. But more realistically, a better option for $10,000 might be through a REIT. This stands for a real estate investment trust – these are companies that own a large portfolio of real estate, and you can buy in for pretty much any amount – often times the returns are given through dividends, which can be pretty decent. However, just be mindful of how these dividends are taxed – often times REIT dividends are taxed as ordinary income instead of long term capital games, so it’s much more beneficial to hold REIT within a tax-advantaged account to avoid paying more than you should. But REITs can be a great exposure to real estate without any work and minimal money.
The fourth suggestion might be to invest $10,000 into starting your own business. Really with this, the sky is the limit and you can make $10,000 go a long way. $10,000 could really be a good amount to buy the equipment you need, buy the advertising you need, set everything up – and begin making money. From everything on this list, starting a business would likely have the highest potential to make a TON of money – or the highest amount to lose it all. Just depends what type of business, how well you know it, and how dedicated you are to making it happen.
The fifth and final way to invest $10,000 is probably the most practical, but also the least exciting…but I’d put a big emphasis of using $10,000 and first paying down any high interest debt. By doing this, you’re pretty much just getting a guaranteed return at whatever the interest rate is. Before doing any of the above, make sure to pay off high interest debt that might be weighing you down.
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