Investing In Stocks
Own a piece of a company's future. While stocks fluctuate, growth may help you keep ahead of inflation and potentially generate income with dividends. Some stocks pay regular dividends—that’s income you can keep or reinvest. Stocks can be a valuable part of your investment portfolio. Owning stocks in different companies can help you build your savings, protect your money from inflation and taxes, and maximize income from your investments. The stock market has created an enormous amount of wealth over the years. On average, the S&P 500 -- which consists of 500 of the largest U.S. publicly traded companies -- has returned 8% to 12% per year. At that rate, only $10,000 invested in the stock market 50 years ago would have grown into more than $380,000 today.
Advantages of Investing in Stocks:
The potential to earn higher returns than alternatives like bank CDs, gold, and government bonds.
The ability to protect your wealth from inflation, as the returns often significantly outpace the rate of inflation.
The ability to earn regular passive income from dividends.
The ability to own a tiny slice of a company whose products or services you love.
The ease of buying and selling, which makes stocks a more liquid investment compared to other options like real estate.
The ability to diversify a portfolio across many different industries.
"The stock market is a device for transferring money from the impatient to the patient." - Warren Buffett
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