Find yourself with a bit of extra cash lying around in the bank account at the end of each month? The Coronavirus pandemic has had a hugely negative effect on many industries, businesses and individuals struggling for work, but for many living at home, the restrictions put in place have resulted in a lack of spending, leaving us with a few extra pounds in the pocket.
If you want to continue/ begin a savings mindset and perhaps even build up your financial portfolio with an investment strategy, it might be a good time to start thinking about investing online. But how can you be sure that what you’re investing in is secure, and trustworthy when online? Well, for those interested, we’ve prepared a short guide, with some points on how to make sure you’re following the right information, and staying secure when investing online.
If you haven’t invested before and are unsure of where to start, a good thing to try might be some investment simulation apps and games on your smartphone, particularly if you’re someone that doesn’t have a lot of time on their hands. It might sound trivial, but switching out the normal phone games for something more productive is a good first step, and learning as you go with the risk removed is a good way of throwing yourself in at the deep end without any of the financial stress.
Tip – You will know this already, but your smartphone is a powerful tool, and there are a ton of different apps that might help you along the way in your investment journey. The Big Investment blog has a handy list of some that you might want to try, even just financial advisor apps.
Getting the right information
While the internet provides an endless pool or resources for people to learn and educate themselves on investment, the fact that anyone can post things means that there is also an equal amount of inaccurate and perhaps incorrect information. Make sure that when you’re figuring out the best route to go down, you stick to authoritative figures, guides and expertise, and perhaps even contact a financial advisor before going ahead with an investment strategy.
If you’re interested in investing in the property market, you might think that it’d be a difficult thing to do online, as the viewing process and finding the right areas are both crucial elements. However, a lot of this research can often be done remotely. RWinvest, a buy to let investment company with offerings throughout Liverpool and Manchester, provide a wide variety of guides, videos and podcasts on different topics, helping you to get started.
Understanding the risk
One key point to remember is that there is always a risk involved with an investment. While you might be going for one of the most secure and low-risk investment strategies out there, and through a reputable and trustworthy company, there is still no guarantee that you will make a profit. It is for this reason, then, that you should not take the decision to invest lightly, and make a well-informed decision based on your own personal financial situation.