7 Different Stages Of Financial Independence And How To Achieve Them

Luckily, different stages of financial independence can give you the power to take back your freedom bit by bit so that you can slowly but surely break free from the trap.

Imagine knowing that the next 500 Mondays will be just as dread worthy as the one coming next week. It makes you want to quit your job almost immediately. Unfortunately, you have a mortgage, bills to pay, food to put on the table, and a car on finance. Thus you are resigned to the feeling that you are trapped in your job, and the concept of financial independence or early retirement is nothing but a pipe dream.

Luckily, different stages of financial independence can give you the power to take back your freedom bit by bit so that you can slowly but surely break free from the trap. By identifying your actual financial wants and needs, you can calculate if you have reached stability, can take a lower-stress job with less salary, or can quit the rat race altogether. The way I see it, there are seven stages, and each has specific criteria before you can join the club.

Stage 1: Financially Dependent

Everybody starts at this stage.

It’s when you must have a job to earn money so that you can pay for your expenses in life. That, or there is another person in your life bringing in the money and graciously supporting your cost of living, i.e., your parents.No financial indpendence

Without your job or financier, your income will drop to zero, and you will be faced with the challenge of paying your bills and debts or putting food on the table. You know… the basics and necessities of life.

Maybe you can last a short while, like a couple of weeks, before you need to start making difficult decisions – but that dreaded day is coming if you have no income.

This is pretty much the worst stage of financial independence because you have zero independence. Losing your job would be near catastrophic, and if you wanted to leave a job you didn’t like, you’d need to think twice to ensure you have somewhere safe to land.

The sad thing is that too many people are in this stage. If you’re among them, then your only priority should be to start gaining some more financial independence by focusing on three key things:

  1. Setting up your budget
  2. Paying down your debt
  3. Putting some money aside

Stage 2: Financially Stable

At this stage, you’re still entirely dependent on a job, but you’re in a much better position to handle a situation where you might stop earning for a short period.

You would have a sensible budget that works for you and focuses most of your income on essential debt payments, basic living expenses, and savings.A person looking at a person in a kitchen

Ideally, you want no debts besides your mortgage or a student loan, depending on the interest rate. Everything else must already be eliminated, such as credit card bills, car finance, and other loans with exceptionally high interest rates.

Depending on your specific situation, you’ll have an emergency fund that covers your cost of living for at least three months, ideally 6, and possibly more. This will give you breathing room if your income suddenly stops.

Finally, you’ll also have some savings for your future years, ideally in tax-sheltered or efficient accounts such as your pension or an ISA (Roth IRA if you’re from the US).

Being financially stable may afford you a decent life – one that’s certainly better than someone else’s who must keep worrying about what will happen if they lose their job next week. But it’s tough to break free from the rat race if you stay at this stage.

Developing your financial independence further will require you to find ways to grow your wealth outside of your average day job. Among these would be:

  1. Earnings from investment growth and dividends
  2. Income from side-hustles
  3. Passive income or royalties from your products

Stage 3: Financially Growing

When you have money that is earning even more or from something you already did in the past, you’ll become a member of this stage. Your job may still be your primary source of income, but it isn’t the source of all your income.

Author’s note: This is assuming you meet the conditions for Stage 2. If you have investment income, but you’re in a lot of credit card debt, then you’re not financially growing… at least not to your maximum potential.

One of the easiest ways to get your money earning more money is by investing it into a low-cost index fund that tracks a globally diversified benchmark and grows around 7% each year on average.

Don’t underestimate this “low” rate of return because it’s money you didn’t need to work to earn and with the power of compounding, your money will grow exponentially over time.Selective focus photography of pile of decorative stones

Besides investing, you might have some skills to monetize and earn a little bit of extra money. This will mainly require you to work actively – which has a limit due to time available – but if you’re savvy you might be able to direct those extra earnings into building more passive income streams.

With a bit of focus and discipline, most people can quickly get to this stage, but be prepared to spend a large amount of your time here. At the start, it’s going to be slow, but as you build the momentum, you’ll eventually reach escape velocity, allowing you to leave the rat race.

The accurate indicator is that as each month passes, you will become more financially independent, meaning you are less and less shackled to your job.

The mission is to keep this going until you’ve finally transferred all of your dependence away from your job and can live off your existing wealth and other income sources to the end of your life.

But there’s more!

Stage 4: Coasting to Retirement

As you continue transitioning your dependence away from your job, you will reach a stage where you have enough of a nest egg that effectively means you never need to save again.

There’s just one caveat – the money is only enough to last your traditional retirement and still needs to grow until you reach the age of 67 (or whatever the retirement age for you will be).

Let’s say, for example, you’re 45 years old, and your retirement age is 67, and you’ve calculated that you need £20,000 each year to live while in retirement. Your savings will have 22 years to continue growing and it will hopefully reach an amount that can support your retirement lifestyle.

At a 4% safe withdrawal rate, that would mean you’d need to have £500,000 on your 67th birthday to have money that would, theoretically, last you for the remainder of your life.Woman meditating on floor with overlooking view of trees

Assuming your savings are invested into a low-cost index fund that returns 7% each year on average, you would need roughly £113,000 saved up at 45 to achieve this. Here’s the math:

Savings invested into a low-cost index fund at age 45: £113,000

Years to grow: 22 years

Average annual return: 7%

Savings after 22 years of growth: £500,635

£113,000 x (1.07^22)

This means that once you’ve hit that £113,000 milestone for your savings, you can effectively stop and spend every penny you earn from that moment on without too much concern about your future – since you’ve already set something up for yourself.

Thanks to this, you’ll get your first taste of absolute financial independence because you can choose to keep working your job as usual -keep going – or take a lower paid but lower-stress job to keep you going until you retire.

The choice would entirely be yours!

In my opinion, this is also the stage where you can taste “F**k you money.” While you’re still going to need to work to support your “present-day” living costs – you’re not fully financially independent just yet – you don’t need to be too concerned about your financial future.

A top tip is to build up your emergency fund to an amount that could give you considerable time to live without earning any more money.

Imagine knowing that your retirement years were secure and having the money in an emergency fund to support your living costs for the next 12 months. The moment you get sick of your job, you could say “F**k it,” and move on.

Stage 5: Financial Independence


Fan of 100 u. S. Dollar banknotesAt this stage, you can finally decide to stop working and live off your current wealth and investments for the rest of your life, regardless of your age, albeit that lifestyle might be pretty basic.

You would have needed to continue to “Financially Grow” to get here beyond the “Coasting to Retirement” stage. The more of your monthly income you can save and invest, the sooner you’ll get here (obviously).

Let’s say you average £1,500 monthly on general living costs covering housing, bills, groceries, new clothing (infrequently), and other basic activities. At a 3.5% safe withdrawal rate, that would mean you’d need to have roughly £515,000 in your current investments to support that cost of living. Here’s the math:

The annual cost of living: £18,000

(£1,500 x 12 months)

Investments balance: £515,000

Withdraw 3.5%: £18,025

(£515,000 ÷ 100) x 0.35

New Investments balance: £496,975

Grows by 7% on average each year: £531,763.25

£496,975 x 1.07

You might have noticed that in this example, I am using a 3.5% SWR instead of 4%, like in the earlier example. This is because I assume you need your money to last longer, potentially much longer.

While the safe withdrawal theory says your money will keep lasting your lifetime or even increase over time (as seen in the above example), you never know what will happen in the future regarding returns on investment. Therefore the lower rate accounts for this, and you can always increase it if things are playing out quite well.

Author’s note: I’ve assumed that all of your money comes from investments you’re drawing down from. However, other passive sources of income, such as rental income or income from royalties, would also count and could lower the amount you need to have invested.

Now you have “F**k you money” because you no longer need to work if you don’t want to.

Bored of your job or what you’re doing – just quit!

Don’t like your colleagues, your boss, or your customers? – stick it to them!

Got fired – who cares?

You’re financially independent by this point, and any other income you earn on top of what you already have or would’ve been earning – for example, continued growth in your investments – would be “excess” and not “required.” However, it would improve your quantity of life.

This is an important difference between this stage and the next – at this stage, you’re fully independent, but your income can only support the basics of life.

You can enjoy simple hobbies like road trips, hikes, outdoor activities, family days, homecooked foods, and the occasional activity. But you’d need to think twice or plan a little to partake in some things that could be slightly more costly. If that’s what you’re looking for, you’ll want to keep going until at least the next stage.

Stage 6: Financial Freedom

This is the stage that most people are probably wishing to get to whenever they’re thinking or talking about financial independence. It’s where you can afford the relatively average lifestyle you want, including some luxuries you feel are worth paying for.Silhouette photo of woman against during golden hour

You could easily spend money on at this stage: Regular holidays abroad, a decent car, weekly meals out in more excellent restaurants, new clothes more regularly (but not the designer stuff), paid clubs and hobbies for your children.

While the actual amount of money spent each year will vary from person to person – or family to family – a benchmark number for this stage of financial independence seems to be $40,000, probably based on a 4% safe withdrawal rate on a million.

But let’s say £40,000 since this comes from a UK-based writer.

At a £40,000 income, you would have £3,333.33 to spend each month, which is more than sufficient to support a family of 4 people in most areas of the UK, especially if you’re mortgage free.

You’ll be comfortable if you’re living a normal life. You mostly cook meals at home, have a gym membership, go on family holidays once a year, and buy new clothes every couple of months. You know, the same things that you would’ve done when you weren’t financially independent

The only real difference is that you’re not trapped in a day job, and you can do whatever you want with those hours you have back in your life.

As I said before, when most people think about financial independence, they’re talking about this stage. But there is one more stage for those who want to live in more luxury.

Stage 7: Financial Abundance

This stage is when you have much more money than you need and can live a life of luxury. In other blogs, forums, or financial independence communities, you might hear this being referred to as “Fat FIRE.”Business, rich, money

Holidays abroad happen multiple times a year; you have a nice car (better than a decent one), you mostly eat out at restaurants, you have a pretty big house, you can buy designer clothes and accessories, and you can send your children to private school.

How luxurious a life you lead will, of course, depend on your income level, but the benchmark appears to be at least £100,000 a year in spending money. At a 4% withdrawal rate, you need an invested net worth of £2.5 million.

Getting to this would require quite some effort and possibly not worth it for people focusing on early retirement.

Let’s say you have achieved stage 6, Financial Freedom, and have a net worth of £1 million. If you were to keep saving and investing £1,000 each month from that point, it would take you another 13 years to surpass £2.5 million, assuming a 7% average annual return.

If you were to save and invest £3,000 a month, it would take 11 years.

At £5,000 a month, it takes nine years.

Don’t forget you’re starting from £1 million, not £0.

A little bit of luxury in life isn’t bad, but if you need to keep working another decade before you can “afford it” then you might want to think about the true value of those things – don’t lose sight of your original goal!

Final Scribbles

When I first started on my journey towards financial independence, I found it daunting due to the massive number I would need to reach.

Even by investing my savings, I was looking at quite several years before retirement was a real prospect for me. Even though I would be retiring early, in my mind, it wasn’t early enough, and I found it highly demotivating.

But, by breaking the goal of financial independence into stages and realizing that I wanted the last but one stage of “financial freedom,” the mission became much more digestible.

Whenever I feel hopeless about the whole mission, I remind myself of these stages, and when I see where I’ve managed to get myself since starting in 2015, I remember that everything is going very well.

Once I remember that small fact, I become much more focused, motivated, and, more importantly, patient.

Hopefully, it can do the same for you, too – keep going!

Get Rich Investing In The Stock Market For Your Grandchildren

We experience highs and lows in the stock market, just as we experience highs and lows in the real estate market.

It’s slow and methodical, but you can get rich investing in the stock market. You must do your homework, understand the stock market, and monitor your stocks or the companies they represent. That is a tall order, some folks do it and it has shown proven results, others don’t and they sell before their stocks make money.

Over A Long Period Of Time

Over a long period of time, the stock market has been a good investment. The average return has been about 6%, but that adds up over time. Be aware of the reasons the stock market bombed in the past, and that should help you choose your stocks and understand the behavior of the market at specific times.Get rich investing in the stock market for your grandchildren 1

During the depression, we did not have unemployment insurance, disability insurance, and other safeguards to keep money circulating during financial crises, during the stock market crash of 1987, we did not have proper stock trading stops in place to help guard against a crash, and during the start of the internet dot-com companies hype took over all reason and many people lost money purchasing companies that had no history, no money or expertise behind them. After the 1987 crash, for those who stayed in, many of their stocks recovered in about three years.

The Best Stocks For Amateurs

The best stocks for amateurs to research are large companies with an excellent history and good management. If it is growing slowly and has a lot of cash behind it, it could be paying dividends that will help your portfolio until products get to market. If you are an amateur, seeking a stock specialist’s advice may help you understand the stock market.

Researching Your Stock

The Internet has made it easy to research stocks and track them. Most of the major portals have stock and other investment research. Most of the research is free.

Monitoring Your Stock

At least once a month, read the news about your company, ask your broker to give you research reports if you cannot search the internet, and understand what type of stock you have and its fundamentals. Any stock can change over time, especially if another company purchases it or a major product stops selling.

Only Time Will Tell

Sit back and relax. If you have a quality company, growth takes time if the company is well-balanced and well-managed. Our recent run-up in home prices came as a 20-30 year high, depending on the area of the country you were in.

We experience highs and lows in the stock market, just as we experience highs and lows in the real estate market. You must understand why the highs and lows are occurring, so you don’t make a mistake and buy or sell at the wrong time.

Household bills and Finance in Marriage

With Internet security’s continued development and improvement, paying household bills is much easier than it was a few years ago.

Who takes care of the bill payment center at your house? Does it matter who the financial guru is at home? With Internet security’s continued development and improvement, paying household bills is much easier than it was a few years ago. With services such as online auto or automatic bill payment, electronic bill payment, and online payment reminders. Paying a bill online is a breeze.

The question remains: Who takes care of the household finances, the husband or the wife? The obvious answer to the question is whoever is more organized and better with money, but it goes beyond this simple answer. The household finances should be a shared responsibility between both husband and wife. It’s ok to have one person, usually the more organized person, take care of paying bills and budgeting, but both should be involved with the overall process.

Since 50% of all marriages end in divorce and the number one cause of divorce is money, this should be an important job in the family. If the husband takes care of most of the finances, the wife should always be well informed of how much money they have to spend on the family’s debt. A husband can’t expect a wife to control her spending if she doesn’t know they are broke. The same goes for the wife; if she takes care of most of the finances, she should often update the husband on the current financial situation. Men tend to enjoy “toys,” which usually carry a hefty price tag; they need to know if you can’t afford to purchase big-ticket items.

Taking care of household bills and personal finances is a significant burden and responsibility. The couple should share the workload. Keep each other well informed of your current financial situation, and always talk before making any significant purchases. Maybe you can be one of the 50% that stays together!

Importance of Financial Goal Setting

Setting and achieving personal financial goals to achieve long-term financial success is essential. Let your money work for you each month instead of working so hard for your money.

Financial goal setting can be challenging but well worth the rewards you will reap if you are successful. Setting and achieving personal financial goals to achieve long-term financial success is essential. Let your money work for you each month instead of working so hard for your money.

When setting goals, identify and write down your goals. Keep in mind you need to make specific, realistic goals that are attainable. Everyone’s financial situations are different; thus, financial goals will differ. For some people, goals may be focused on getting out of debt, others may be debt free and want to save for a home or car, and others may be ready to focus on retirement goals. Regardless of your life stage, determine your goals and write them down.

Next, break down your goals into three different categories. The first category should include several easy short-term goals which can be attained in 1 year or less. For example, pay off a small credit card balance. The second category should include medium-term goals which can be accomplished in 1 to 3 years. An example might include paying off a car loan or saving to pay cash for a car. Finally, include a few long-term goals that can be accomplished over five years. For example, saving 10,000 toward retirement.

Next, educate yourself and do some significant planning. Since you have your goals written down and sorted into categories, figure out how you will accomplish these goals. If your first goal is to pay off a credit card, you will have to come up with some extra monthly money to pay down the balance. This might include searching for a part-time job or finding extra money in your monthly budget. Research other financial websites, magazines, and publications to get ideas for accomplishing your goals.

It is now important to evaluate yourself and your progress while continuing the process of setting and achieving goals. Give yourself a financial checkup every week, month and year. If you fall short of your original goals, develop a different plan. You won’t be able to achieve your goals overnight, setting and achieving goals is a difficult task that even professionals struggle with. Stay motivated and focused, and you will be successful!

Why You Should Always Pay Yourself First

You’ve heard it over and over again: Pay yourself first.  Why is this so important?

You’ve heard it over and over again: Pay yourself first.  Why is this so important?  First, it establishes good saving habits.  If you continuously pay yourself first, despite whatever is going on in your life at that time, you will be much more likely to achieve your goals.

Second, the power of compounding.  Sometimes called the 8th wonder of the world, the power of compounding is truly remarkable.  The best way to explain this concept is to show you an example:

Person 1 invests $2,000 per year beginning at age 19 and ending at age 27.  Person 2 invests $2,000 per year beginning at age 27 and continues to invest until retirement age. Assuming the same rate of return (10 percent) in each of the two examples, a person who invests early and for just eight years will have more money at 65 years old than someone who starts late and invests for nearly 40 years.

Example 1: Example 2:
Age Annual Investment Year-End Value Annual Investment Year-End Value
19 $ 2,000 $2,200 $ 0 $ 0
20 $ 2,000 $4,620 $ 0 $ 0
21 $ 2,000 $7,282 $ 0 $ 0
22 $ 2,000 $10,210 $ 0 $ 0
23 $ 2,000 $13,431 $ 0 $ 0
24 $ 2,000 $ 16,974 $ 0 $ 0
25 $ 2,000 $ 20,872 $ 0 $ 0
26 $ 2,000 $ 25,159 $ 0 $ 0
27 $ 0 $ 27,675 $2,000 $2,200
28 $ 0 $ 30,442 $2,000 $4,620
29 $ 0 $33,487 $2,000 $7,282
30 $ 0 $36,835 $2,000 $10,210
31 $ 0 $40,519 $2,000 $13,431
32 $ 0 $44,571 $2,000 $16,974
33 $ 0 $49,028 $2,000 $20,872
34 $ 0 $53,931 $2,000 $25,159
35 $ 0 $59,324 $2,000 $29,875
36 $ 0 $65,256 $2,000 $35,062
37 $ 0 $71,782 $2,000 $40,769
38 $ 0 $78,960 $2,000 $47,045
39 $ 0 $86,856 $2,000 $53,950
40 $ 0 $95,541 $2,000 $61,545
41 $ 0 $105,095 $2,000 $69,899
42 $ 0 $115,605 $2,000 $79,089
43 $ 0 $127,165 $2,000 $89,198
44 $ 0 $139,882 $2,000 $100,318
45 $ 0 $153,870 $2,000 $112,550
46 $ 0 $169,257 $2,000 $126,005
47 $ 0 $186,183 $2,000 $140,805
48 $ 0 $204,801 $2,000 $157,086
49 $ 0 $225,281 $2,000 $174,995
50 $ 0 $247,809 $2,000 $194,694
51 $ 0 $272,590 $2,000 $216,364
52 $ 0 $299,849 $2,000 $240,200
53 $ 0 $329,834 $2,000 $266,420
54 $ 0 $362,818 $2,000 $295,262
55 $ 0 $399,100 $2,000 $326,988
56 $ 0 $439,010 $2,000 $361,887
57 $ 0 $482,910 $2,000 $400,276
58 $ 0 $531,202 $2,000 $442,503
59 $ 0 $584,322 $2,000 $488,953
60 $ 0 $642,754 $2,000 $540,049
61 $ 0 $707,029 $2,000 $596,254
62 $ 0 $777,732 $2,000 $658,079
63 $ 0 $855,505 $2,000 $726,087
64 $ 0 $941,056 $2,000 $800,896
65 $ 0 $1,035,161 $,2000 $883,185
Less $ invested ($16,000) ($78,000)
$1,019,161 $805,185
Money increased 64 fold 10 fold

Need I repeat it?  Pay yourself first, and start early!

Why to Read About the Stages of the Business Life Cycle?

Every company goes through a certain development life cycle, and each stage has characteristics that significantly impact the quality of the investment and the result. To understand more clearly the return on investment, the nature of asset price movements, and other interrelationships, it is important to correctly define the company’s stage of life.

The main stages of a company’s development

Idea development

Every company begins with an idea and the development of the first product. This is the most interesting stage for venture capitalists and the least interesting for investors in public companies. At the very beginning, the future company refines its strategy, develops its first product, and finds its first money for development.

This stage is characterized by experimentation and great uncertainty. About 90% of startups close in the first year of their life and do not pass the “valley of death.” However, future large companies usually pass it and reach a new level: finalizing products and starting their first large-scale sales.

Business Development – Expansion and Peak Growth

After an idea is finalized and a medium- and long-term development strategy is defined, the company begins to work on its scale: it enters new geographic markets, acquires other companies, invests in new marginal products, etc.

This process is the most interesting for investors. As a rule, many companies go public through an IPO precisely at this stage. The company’s logic is simple: the IPO allows the company to receive money from the placement and the opportunity to use it to accelerate development further. Also, at this point, the investor gets a bigger yield due to the rapid growth, with still existing significant risks: until the first profit, the company is in the ranking of “idea” and “bright future.”

Reaching the maturity and stability of the business

With the appearance of the first profit, dividends and business risks decrease, and the company comes close to its peak development point. For investors, this type of business moves from the ” growth ” category to the “value company” category.

The absence of significant growth characterizes this stage of business development. The company has implemented all of its large-scale projects and has come to the state of a stable business unit with well-tuned business processes.

As a rule, clients of such businesses are constant. Developments and innovations are of a point-by-point nature.


Each company is at a certain stage of its development. This stage of life has several important features to consider when investing. We have identified three stages of business development: the startup stage, the development stage, and the maturity stage. The second and third stages of business life are the most interesting for investors in public instruments. In the second stage, the company becomes a “growth story,” which stands out for its high potential returns and risks. In the third stage, the business moves into the “value” stage with more predictable cash flows and lower target returns.

Retiring without Worry

If you’re like most people, the recent market decline has done more than cause your investments to decrease substantially. It’s probably also caused you to rethink your retirement plans. After all, the only thing worse than retiring later than you planned is to retire and quickly run out of money.

But how can you ensure you’ll have sufficient funds to last your entire retirement? So many of the variables used to calculate how much you need for retirement seem uncertain. What is a reasonable rate of return for your investments over the long term? How long will you live, knowing life expectancies are increasing? How much can you count on from Social Security and pension plans? If you’re concerned about running out of money during retirement, then you need to be very conservative with your retirement assumptions. Some tips to consider include:

Assume your retirement expenses will be at least 100% of your current expenses.

Most rules of thumb indicate you need between 70% and 100%, but figure on 100% to be safe. Nowadays, retirees want to travel, pursue hobbies, and live an active lifestyle. That generally means you’ll need the higher end of these estimates.

Add a few years to your life expectancy.

You should probably plan on living until at least age 85 or 90. If your family has a history of longevity, add a few more years to these figures. While you may find it hard to believe you’ll live this long, you don’t want to reach age 75 or 80 and find out you’ve run out of money. At that point, you might not have the option of returning to work.

Reduce your estimates of Social Security benefits.

The Social Security Administration sends benefit statements every year around your birthday, telling you how much to expect in benefits. While the Social Security system is currently in sound financial condition, that is expected to change after all the baby boomers retire. To be safe, count on benefits that are somewhat less than the Social Security Administration is estimating and don’t plan on adjustments for inflation.

Cut back on your living expenses now.

This has a two-fold impact on your retirement. First, it frees up money to set aside for your retirement. Second, you get used to a lower standard of living, which should also reduce your expected lifestyle for retirement.

Reach retirement with no debts.

Mortgage and consumer debt payments consume a significant portion of most people’s income. Pay off all those debts by retirement and you significantly reduce your cost of living.

Forget about early retirement.

Saving enough to last from age 65 to 85 or 90 is daunting. Trying to retire at age 55 or 60 is just not practical for most individuals unless they’re willing to reduce their lifestyle significantly. Working a few more years can go a long way in helping fund your retirement. Those years are typically your highest earning years, so hopefully, you’ll save significant sums during that period. Also, every year you work is one year you don’t have to support yourself with your retirement savings.

Consider working during retirement.

Especially during the early years of retirement, you should consider working on at least a part-time basis. Even modest earnings can help significantly with retirement expenses.

Plan on making conservative withdrawals from your retirement assets.

Don’t plan on taking out more than 3% to 4% of your balance annually. With that level of withdrawal, your funds should last for decades.

Another Look at Risk Tolerance

After all the pain caused by market volatility over the past year, how much have we learned about our risk tolerance? We know we’re much happier when the stock market is going up rather than down. We probably realized our portfolios were too risky back in 2020 and wish we had made different choices back then. But how many of us have assessed our risk tolerance and made portfolio choices based on that assessment?

You are trying to assess your emotional tolerance for risk or how much price volatility you are comfortable with. Some questions that can help you gauge that risk tolerance include:

What long-term rate of return do you expect on your investments?

This will help you determine the types of investments needed to meet that target. Review historical rates of return over a long time period to see if your estimates are reasonable. High return expectations can cause you to invest in asset classes you aren’t comfortable with or that you may be tempted to sell frequently. A better alternative may be to lower your expectations and invest in assets you are comfortable owning.

What length of time are you investing for?

Some investments, such as stocks, should only be purchased for long time horizons. Using them for short-term purposes may increase the risk in your portfolio since you may be forced to sell during a market downturn.

How long are you willing to sustain a loss before selling?

The market declines of the past three years will indicate how comfortable you are holding investments with losses.

What types of investments do you own now, and how comfortable are you with those investments?

Ensure you understand the basics of any investments you own, including the historical rate of return, the largest one-year loss, and the risks to which the investment is subject. If you don’t understand an investment or are not comfortable owning it, you may be tempted to sell at an inopportune time. Over time, your comfort level with risk should increase as your understanding of how risk impacts different investments increases.

Ensuring your investments are compatible with your risk tolerance is an important component of your investment strategy.

Tips to take care of your personal finances

When we talk about personal finances, we refer to the management of the economic resources you have, with an eye on future planning.

The financial risks, the goals, the savings instruments, and the net worth that you have available are the aspects that you must consider to organize your money.Tips to take care of your personal finances 2Tips to take care of your personal finances 3

Personal finances must be understood as a professional matter because we often make the mistake of seeing personal expenses as something of little importance. However, they are an area of our lives that we should tread carefully since our future depends on them.

The last thing we want is not to reach our goals or lose money in the face of any emergency, no matter how small.

But, how should you take care of your personal finances? Here are some tips to get you started:

➡️ Save and Invest Your Money

Tips to take care of your personal finances 4Tips to take care of your personal finances 5Saving is crucial for the conservation of one’s finances. One of the most effective ways to save is to keep at least 10% of your total income per month.

But, the key is also to invest. The money saved only keeps its value if the interest rate acquired is higher than the inflation rate.

Investing money is an excellent way to make your capital profitable and save it more effectively since it won’t lose real value with time.

➡️ Only keep assets that increase in value.

Most assets lose value over time, such as cars or appliances. To maintain your financial health so that the numbers do not get out of control, try to keep only those assets that increase their value.

Personal financesThese assets might be stocks, bonds, or other financial instruments or be subject to increases in price thanks to inflation. If we have one of these goods that increase in price over time, in the long run, if we decide to sell the good, we will make a profit.

Gold is an excellent hedge for inflation, to put a clear example. GLD is an ETF we normally recommend.

➡️ Use your credit card wisely.

Cards are a good financial resource if they are taken advantage of and used well.

Take advantage of your credit cards for those purchases that allow you to pay in installments without interest. For example, when buying some furniture for your home.Tips to take care of your personal finances 6

Try to look at the number of installments and the corresponding value and make sure that your personal finances allow you to assume that debt each month. On the other hand, we also advise you to learn to read the account statement, so you understand each of the concepts detailed.

The important thing is that you are regularly checking your expenses and available credit limits.

Never use your card as extra money, as it is a financing instrument that includes a price for using it (interest).

Trading and Forex Brokers for Beginners

Forex” is derived from foreign exchange, is also used the term FX Market. “Foreign Exchange” is the buying of one currency and selling of another simultaneously through forex brokers.

Currencies are traded in pairs, for example, Euro / US Dollar (EUR / USD) or U.S. Dollar / Japanese Yen (USDJPY). FX MarketFX Exchange – is considered a market “over the counter” (OTC). Transactions are carried out either by telephone or by electronic networks. Unlike stocks or futures markets, forex trading is not centralized on an exchange.

You may have heard a lot of buzz recently about online forex trading but what exactly is an online forex broker? If you’re looking to get involved in international trading on your own, forex trading may be a great place for you to start because it is simple, global, and practically always available.

Forex brokers for beginners provide traders a Forex trading platform – an application, a working environment, where the trader buys and sells currencies, dealing online – in other words, he speculates to make money on the difference of currency rates.

Who trades currencies, and why?

Daily volume on the currency market comes from two sources:

  • Foreign trade (5%). Companies buy and sell items from/to abroad and convert profits from foreign trade into their own currency.
  • Speculation for profit (95%).

Most speculators focus on the most traded / liquid currency pairs, called “The majors – major. Today, more than 85% of daily transactions involve trading of major currencies, including the U.S. Dollar, Japanese Yen, Euro, British Pound, Swiss Franc, Canadian Dollar, and Australian Dollar.
The Forex market is the most traded world market, with transactions 24 hours a day.

Certain parts of the world have part of their Saturday to trade, as it’s still Friday in other markets. Financial institutions in these countries may be dealing with the Forex market during their work hours, the Forex market is open and trading 24 hours, 5 days a week.

With an average daily trading volume of over 3.2 billion U.S. dollars, the forex market is traded in world markets. Open 24 hours from 24, started trading on the FOREX market every day in Sydney, and moves around the globe depending on the opening day in each financial center, first to Tokyo, then London and New York.

Unlike other financial markets, investors (speculators Forex) can respond to currency fluctuations caused by economic events, social and political, which would occur anytime – day or night.

It doesn’t take a large initial investment, and it doesn’t take any special training (although making yourself more knowledgeable is helpful!) and these are two of the reasons it is becoming more popular and gaining more attention. Using some of the most popular and easy-to-understand forex systems, a person can trade directly with real live forex markets, without the intervening middle-man influencing decisions.

One of the most popular methods in recent years is the use of Expert Advisor software (also known as “EAs,” “Electronic Advisors,” or “Robot traders”). This software is programmed to monitor the market for specific movements and conditions set by the user, then used to capture market opportunities. The most exciting thing about being your own online forex broker is that regardless of market conditions – whether the market is rising (“Bullish”) or falling (“Bearish”) an individual still has the potential to make a profit.

This huge, influential market allows for unlimited profit potential because it is based on market movement alone, not on positive or negative conditions specifically. So this means that as long as an individual is monitoring the movement of the market that person has the potential to make profits. Check this blackbull markets review  to understand how a broker that cares for beginners in forex investment can be beneficial to your career as a forex trader.

Traditional Online Forex Broker

If you choose to use a traditional brokerage firm, which would act on your behalf and according to your direction when trading in the forex market, you will develop a relationship with an advisor or money manager. He or she is the contact go-between for you (the client) and the market and will watch the market very closely for price levels. Then, the advisor will execute your orders based on the direction you give them. It must be remembered that in this type of situation, the advisor cannot act to engage in trades with your money of their own accord and would have to have clearance from you to do so, and this also makes you solely responsible for the outcome of the trade.

When you’re beginning to find out more about being an online forex broker, you may be afraid that your EA software won’t be used properly, or that you might miss some valuable opportunities. Many people have the tendency to look at these situations as “mistakes” and can begin to second-guess what their software tells them, or the signals that they receive in regards to the parameters they set up for the software. The truth is, it is virtually impossible to “win” every trade, so even a trade that loses money can be seen as valuable if it increases your confidence in your software, or teaches you something about how to set the parameters of the software to your benefit.

The fact is, only 5% of all traders achieve the goal of being consistent with their profits, and that average is established by looking at both the high and the lows of trading. Learn from your mistakes, and don’t see these experiences as “failures” but instead, for what they are – chances to learn more and do better next time. The only real “mistake” would be to ignore the signals of your EA entirely. If you begin to second guess your own system, the entire thing can unravel.

The foreign exchange market began with the need to convert payments received in foreign currency to home currency, and an online forex broker helps large banks, small companies, and investors around the globe do this quickly and efficiently. This is why the market is available virtually all day, every day. The market is the most “fluid” (or “liquid”) because it is not based on “real money” and its value. Instead, it is based on the exchange rate between currencies with the purpose of cashing in on the value change between those currencies.

A currency speculator (someone who estimates the values and attempts to foresee what they will do) can benefit from endless trading opportunities because the number of members involved in forex trading is so high, the volume of money is so vast, and there is virtually no end to the demand. Currently, the daily transactions are reported to be in the trillions, meaning that a large amount of money flowing, and the solid foundation of the exchange, have created the forex market as an asset class of its own – not subject to the same troubles as “real world” commodities.

If you’re interested in learning more about becoming an online forex broker, it is wise to conduct additional research and learn all you can before dipping your toe in the market with an initial investment. Although it does not require any special training or certification, it is a fast-paced and constantly moving market, and having some initial knowledge will give you the advantage over other novices. If you have worked with an advisor or money manager before and have some knowledge of the basics, a good piece of advice to begin in your own investment portfolio is to start out speculating and becoming intimately familiar with two particular currencies and their exchanges and rates.

Once you have become a bit of an expert at those currencies, you can begin to expand and see what other currencies and foreign exchange rates seem to perform well and deserve your time, attention, and investment. It may take some time to become the successful online forex broker that you dream of, but with a little work and determination, you can make it be the most profitable investment in your life.