Right from childhood, Indians are taught to save money. So, you earn, you spend, and then you keep some money aside as savings. As a little girl, you always had your piggy bank full. You loved to stash coins in it. With more and more working women attaining financial freedom, managing money is important than ever before.
Here’s a look at what your investments tell about you:
1) Bank deposits:
Banks term deposits are accounts where you keep your money for a pre-determined time in return for an increase in value through interests. This rate is higher than that of a savings account. They are one of the safest instruments. If you prefer to keep all your money in a term deposit, then you are a very conservative, long-term investor. Your prime aim is to preserve your capital and not take any risk. However, with retail inflation hovering in double digit figures, your money may lose value.
If this is your most preferred investment option, then you are a conservative investor. Your main aim is to accumulate gold before its value increases again in the future. You do not want to take risks by opting for other financial instruments like mutual funds or equity. In the last ten years, the price of gold has jumped 400%. However, moving on, it may not rise as much. In fact, in the last two years, price of gold has fallen after hitting a high of Rs 33,000.
3) Real Estate:
As India grew in the last decade, prices of real estate too jumped. It is commonly assumed that the value of a house will appreciate in the future too. As a result, real estate is one of the most preferred investment options. If your biggest asset is property, you are a conservative investor betting on the housing boom. You are also a long-term investor, possibly looking for regular income through rent. However, real estate is one of the least liquid instruments. It takes time and a lot of paperwork to sell a house and get cash.
4) Mutual Funds:
Mutual funds are vehicles that allows a collection of investors to put their money in multiple assets like stocks and bonds. There are different kinds of mutual funds depending on the assets they invest it, the time-period of investment, the financial goals, and so on. If you prefer to invest in mutual funds, you are a well-thought, but passiveinvestor. You have identified how much risk you are willing to take, and how much return you want. If you have opted for a Systematic Investment Plan (SIP), you are a disciplined investor with a clear idea of your financial aims.
5) Stock market:
Equity investing comes with the challenge of timing the stock market. This is something very few can manage. If you still have ventured into the stock market and trade stocks, you are an active investor. You closely follow news and developments, and regularly monitor the value of your stocks. The greater the frequency of your trades – both buying and selling – the more active you are. You are not afraid of taking risks and want to make more profits than passive or conservative investors. Once you buy stocks, you constantly wish for the stock market to climb higher.
6) Fixed-income assets:
These are debt instruments which provide returns through timely payments. At the end of a fixed time period, they pay back the initial investment sum. These are low-riskassets, capable of providing lower returns than equities. This mainly includes bonds and corporate debentures. It could also include small savings instruments like postal schemes, Public Provident Fund (PPF) and National Savings Certificates (NSC).
If you have invested in the smaller saving schemes, you are a long-term investor who plays safe. You don’t mind settling for a minimal increase in theinvestment value. If you have put your money in corporate debentures, then you are a seasoned investor with a big corpus.
7) Derivatives market:
You can invest in shares. At the same time, you can also bet on the future value of the stocks. This takes place in the derivatives market, where you trade in futures and options contracts. If you play in the derivatives market, you are a sassy, aggressive investor who knows the rules of the game and is looking to make a quick buck. You enjoy the volatility in the market and try to capitalise on the fluctuations.
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