When the markets turn volatile as they have in the recent past, there are no clear place to invest to both protect your investments and also grow your nest egg. Even if you are familiar with investing and a variety of investment vehicles, it’s important to continue to learn to invest money in the markets to avoid unnecessary losses. You always want to invest from a position of knowledge and strength, which comes from taking steps to learn to invest money and what works in today’s markets.
If you have primarily invested in mutual funds, for example, it may be time to explore ETFs, or exchange traded funds, as an alternative. The fees are lower, and they trade more easily, as dividend stocks do. You can buy single shares instead of minimum investments, and they trade in real time, instead of being traded only at the end of the trading day. ETFs are essentially baskets of stocks and commodities that trade like stocks, and you can find index ETFs, commodity ETFs, currency ETFs, and many others that allow you to participate in investment vehicles that you might not otherwise be able to invest in due to minimum investment amounts, trading restrictions and other regulations.
You might consider researching currencies. As the countries of the world are increasingly interdependent, currencies fluctuate according to government policy, which you may learn to track, and how to invest in those policy decisions. Using FOREX and other vehicles, you can purchase currencies which trade 24 hours a day, 6 days a week, unlike the rest of the market. These can be very volatile however, and losses can be greater than gains, so be sure you do take the time to learn to invest in these types of vehicles before taking the additional risk.
The bottom line is that people are making money every market, if you decide to explore new vehicles or options for diversification. You must take the time to learn about these options before you invest money, then your risk is reduced and the potential for profit grows.