How can you know what saving and investment types are right for you? The first step is to identify and prioritize your saving and investing goals. Try to be as specific as possible, setting a dollar amount and a time frame.
To help you get started, fill out the My Investing Goals: Worksheet
As your life circumstances change, so will your financial goals. And generally, as your goals change, you will need to review your saving and investing plan.
Your goals may be short-term (two years or less), medium-term (three to five years) or long-term (six years or more). The amount of time you have to achieve your goals can affect how you plan to save and invest. For example:
Many investments offer a higher rate of return but also involve some level of risk. In other words, you could earn more but you could also lose some of your money. However, the risk may be more acceptable if your goal is longer-term because you have more time to recover any financial losses.
Many people choose to work with a financial planner or advisor to help them establish their goals and develop a realistic plan for achieving them. See Working with a Financial Planner or Advisor for more information.