More surprising investment choices outside the traditional world of stocks, bonds and cash
There are several important components that make up an investment portfolio. Most people think of three main asset classes – cash, stocks and bonds. However, there are alternative investments – also known as unconventional asset classes – that get overlooked. In order to be able to understand these strategies and asset classes, an investor must first know how traditional assets work.
Stocks and bonds
Stocks and bonds are extremely common in the investment environment. Stocks in particular, are better known as equities. When investing in stocks, you basically own a part of [...]
There are lots and lots of investment options on the market, but they all fall into the same old categories of stocks, mutual funds, indices, real estate, etc.
Alternatives to these common investment options are rare. But every once in a while, we do see new categories reach the market. There is a good reason to take note when this happens, as being in from the infancy of new investment can yield stunning results.
Today, I got three fairly new (well, at least two fairly new and one less so) investment ideas to share with you. They are not new as in yesterday´s news, but compared to traditional investment options, I think it´s fair to consider them relatively new. [...]
We’ve all heard the old phrase ‘it takes money to make money.’ I always had a little resentment for the concept while I was a poor student without any ‘money to make money’ and I suppose I still have a little resentment now as I’m now a graduate but the money still alludes me! Having said that this fact has not stopped me strategising for my future when I have finally scraped enough of my pennies together to make some kind of tangible investment or business model. In the paragraphs below I’ve shared my favourite (and by this I mean the most ambitious of my ideas.) This was partly to make for an interesting read but also to show you just how [...]
Running a business takes a lot of time and a lot of money. The resources required to launch the business can be calculated quite accurately by the cautious businessman, what’s more difficult to judge is the profits you will see in the first year. There’s no guarantee or time limit on when your business will become self supporting. This dilemma affects many fledgling business owners who have underestimated the investment required to allow their business the chance to grow. Of course the difficult judgement lies in how long you finance your business if it is not producing a profit. A decision must be made on whether to withdraw funding from [...]
I don’t know why everyone calls it “9 to 5”. Here it is usually “9 to at least 6” with one hour lunch break if you are lucky to get it. Anyway, I am not going to argue about the exact duration of the typical working day – I prefer to talk about its alternatives.
Photo by Jele! at FlickrA Quick Introduction
I left the typical corporate world in 2003 when I was fired from the last company I worked for as a prepress specialist. (They called it “laying off”, but I know it was firing because we couldn’t bear each other personally.) Currently I am an independent [...]
What’s the best way to earn alternative income? The simple answer is that it is different for different people – but I know this answer doesn’t help you much. A better answer is that the best way to earn alternative income is through doing something that you enjoy.
Photo by ralphbijker at Flickr
A lot of people seem to enjoy playing with their digital cameras and some are pretty good in doing that – and I want to share few ways to earn income while doing it. Making illustrations usually requires more effort and some talent but making money from them is similar to the other two, so I will [...]