A recent study of the investing activity of millionaires has found that 27% plan to invest more in individual stocks this year. Only half as many will invest more in real estate, and only a very small percentage say they'll decrease their stock investments.
This is seen as good news for the American economy! Our economy grows when people invest in companies and technologies, which creates new opportunities, new jobs, and new wealth. It can have a snowball effect, much the same way as decreased investment can have a negative snowballing effect on our economy.
You're thinking to yourself, "Who cares! I'm not a millionaire." We might not be millionaires, but there are certainly some lessons we can learn from them, and one is about the value of saving and investing.
Oh sure, it's much easier to save or invest when you have several hundred thousand dollars lying around waiting to be used. But if millionaires were interested in only spending all the money they're making, they may not be millionaires for long.
The moral of this very short story is simple. No matter what your income level is, it's wise to try to set some money aside. When you get a windfall (no matter how big or small), consider saving that money instead of giving in to the urge to run out and spend it. Yes, I am suggesting that you take your tax rebate check and save it! What a perfect excuse to open a savings account or a brokerage account... with money that is seen by many as "found" money.
Think about the satisfaction you will feel when you look at your bank account or your investment account and see that balance growing. Isn't that more fun in the long run that spending your windfall on something you don't really need?
Tracy L. Coenen, CPA, MBA, CFE performs fraud examinations and financial investigations for her company Sequence Inc. Forensic Accounting, and is the author of Essentials of Corporate Fraud.
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