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The right steps to investments for Millennials and Gen Z

ICICI Securities 02 Feb 2022 0 COMMENT

Introduction:

Investing your money is an integral part of personal finance. It can help you fulfil different financial goals and live a comfortable life. Millennials and gen Z have different approaches to money. These generations are not opposed to the idea of risk if they see potential in a particular investment product. However, an instrument that seems high-risk may not always offer high rewards and vice versa. It is essential to be intelligent and prudent when investing your money in an ever-changing world.

Here are a few important steps for millennials and gen Z for investing money:

  1. Create a budget:  Creating a budget may seem like a thing of the past to keep a tab on their expenses. However, in reality, its relevance cannot be disputed till today. Budgeting helps you understand your relationship with money. It lets you oversee your money. Having a realistic budget in place ensures that you do not overspend. It also allows you to plan well for your future needs. This way, you can draft a better financial plan and ensure that you stick to it.
  2. Use the 30 – 20 – 50 rules: According to this rule, you must use only 50% of your salary towards your essential expenses like groceries, electricity, water, fuel, etc. 30% of your salary can be used for non-essential expenses like travelling, eating out, buying an electronic item, and more. Lastly, the remaining 20% of your salary should be used for saving and investing. Following this rule can offer millennials and gen Z a roadmap to follow. It can ensure that you always have adequate savings and investments, no matter your income, without hampering your preferred lifestyle.
  3. Research and learn: The world are at a beautiful crossroads right now. Older investment options like mutual funds, real estate, stocks, and more are ever-present. However, newer investment options like cryptocurrencies, Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs), etc., are disrupting patterns and rewarding investors with unfathomable gains. There are numerous possibilities to invest your money and earn good returns in this day and age. However, it is vital to not give in to peer pressure or follow a herd mentality. Instead, try to learn as much as you can about the various options in front of you. Invest in the instruments you understand and believe in. With easy access to information on the internet, television, newspapers, and even financial advisors, you can research to expand your horizons and then pick investments that align with your needs. 

    Additional Read: Here's How Young Millennials Look for Hot Investments

  4. Do not forget to diversify: Diversification refers to putting your money in different types of investments, sectors, or markets to distribute your risk and not concentrate it in one place. Diversification ensures that your money is invested in various instruments so that the profits of another can overturn the losses of one. Irrespective of the investments you choose, it is crucial to diversify optimally. So, if you invest in equity and cryptocurrencies, you can also invest in a Public Provident Fund (PPF) or a National Pension Scheme (NPS).
  5. Stay consistent: Staying consistent is half the battle won. Consistency helps you make small but gradual steps towards your goals. It is crucial to invest and save your money throughout life. If you struggle with continuity, you can consider options like Systematic Investment Plans (SIPs).

To sum it up

The sooner you start investing; the sooner you can reach your goals. Investing early in life also provides you with peace of mind and reduces your stress. Millennials and gen Z have the benefit of age on their side. Taking money matters into your hands right now can undoubtedly add to your advantage.

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