How to get Started with Index Fund Investing

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Regular readers of this website will remember this post that I wrote, Investments: Why Saving is not Enough . You cannot simply save your way to financial freedom, if you are to be successful and achieve your financial goals, you will need to grow your finances exponentially. In today’s post I want to return to investment as a topic and discuss one particular type of investment namely Index Fund Investing.

What is an Index Fund?

An index fund is a type of mutual fund or exchange-traded fund (ETF) with a portfolio constructed to match or track the components of a financial market index, such as the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index (S&P 500) in the United States or the FTSE 100 in the United Kingdom.  

What are the Benefits of Index Fund Investing?

Lower Risk

If you were to invest directly in a company via stocks or shares your level of risk is quite high. The company’s fortunes could change for the worse and your investment could literally be worth nothing through no fault of your own. An index fund lowers your risk considerably by investing your money in the top performing companies in a particular financial market. If one company underperforms, they will drop out of the index and be replaced by another. Your investment is likely to benefit from the good performance of the best companies within the index.

Low Operating Costs

Compared to other investment vehicles, Index Funds have relatively low operating costs that manifest themselves in terms of fees for individual investors.

Investment Performance

The primary investment objective for an index fund is to match the risk and return of the market. When investing for the long term, the market will usually outperform any one single investment. This is why index fund investing is an excellent approach for retirement accounts.

How to Get Started with Index Funds

You can invest in an Index Fund via a brokerage account or directly via a mutual fund company.  If you are relatively new to investing, a visit to an independent financial adviser would be a sensible first step.

To review some of the best performing index funds click here and remember that past performance is no guarantee of future performance.

Next Steps

Are you interested in index fund investing ? Have you invested in one already?  Let me know in the comments section below. Also, get in touch if you would like my help. My email address is mike@learnmoney.io

 

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My aim with each blog post is to help you move to a better financial future. I believe that there is not enough financial education in the national curriculum and I intend to share anything helpful that I have learned along the way. I am by no means a financial expert. None of the information on this website constitutes financial advice and is provided as general information only.  This is my personal finance blog; my marketing blog is over here and I have been blogging there since 2010. I hope you have found this information useful. Thank you for reading.

Best regards,

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How to get Brand Deals as a Micro Influencer

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Influencers

In recent years, the widespread adoption of Social Media has led to the emergence of individuals who have amassed large followings on Social Media. People with large followings on Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, Facebook, TikTok or a combination of all of these, are known as Influencers.

Kylie Jenner and Cristiano Ronaldo are both great examples of influencers. Every week, Influencers are approached by brands who are willing to pay them to endorse their products or services.

Micro Influencers

Micro influencers are similar to influencers except they have a smaller following, this makes them more accessible to their followers. Recognised as experts in their field, Micro influencers enjoy the support of a engaged community who choose to follow them because they appreciate their authority and expertise.

I have been described as a micro influencer and have received new financial opportunities as a result. Generally, it is harder for micro influencers to secure brand deals but the website that I discuss in the video makes it easier for brands to connect with micro influencers and for micro influencers to earn additional income. Is this something you have considered? You may be micro influencer too, have a look at the diagram below.

influencer tiers

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In the video, I discuss a website that has commercial opportunities for micro influencers. There are opportunities for you to secure brand deals and complete tasks for payment via the website. When you have completed the task, the brand or company will pay you via the website. I explain the whole process in the video. 

Next Steps

Are you a micro influencer? Are you going to explore new opportunities as a micro influencer? Let me know in the comments section below. Sign up for the micro influencer platform here

Also, get in touch if you would like my help. My email address is mike@learnmoney.io

 

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Best regards,

Mike

What is Ethical Investing ?

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Ethical Investing

Ethical investing is an approach to investing where the investor filters potential investments according to their own values and moral principles. For example, it would be entirely understandable for someone to decide that they do not want to invest in companies that manufacture missiles or tobacco.

The earliest recorded instance of ethical investing in America was the 18th century Quakers who banned their members from spending their time or money in the slave trade. Indeed, historically religion was often a motivation for ethical investment. Today, in addition to religious motivations for ethical investing there there are also concerns for environmental issues, racial equality, gender equity and inclusion.

Do Ethical Investments Perform Well?

There is absolutely no guarantee that ethical investments will perform well over any time period or when compared to index funds. A prudent approach would be select firstly based on your values and then once you have done so assess all of these with performance based criteria. An investment portfolio comprised exclusively of ethical investments will look very different to one focused solely on maximising potential returns for an investor. In practice, ethical investing requires a lot of research, you must go deeper than the corporate brochures and mission statements to discover whether a company’s actions match their words. Unfortunately lots of companies claim to be more ethical than they really are.

If you are interested in investigating ethical investment funds in the United Kingdom, check out this resource. It’s a great starting point for building an ethical investment portfolio.  Please remember that this information does not constitute financial advice.

Next Steps

Are you interested in ethical investments? Will your next investment be an ethical one? Let me know in the comments section below. Also, get in touch if you would like my help. My email address is mike@learnmoney.io

 

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How to Make Money Selling Your Hair

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Selling Your Hair

When I started this Learnmoney.io website never did I think that I would record a video and write an article telling my subscribers and community members how they can make money selling their hair!

The world is amazing and this opportunity is amazing too. Believe it or not, there is an opportunity to make up to $1500 USD (£1140.00 approx) by selling your own hair.

In this video,  I discuss two websites that enable you to do this. I should point out that not everyone will be able to make $1500, watch the video for full details.

How Does it Work?

The websites mentioned in the video are portals that bring together buyers and sellers of hair. In short, they act as marketplaces and facilitate business between the two groups. If you are interested in the opportunity, take time to explore the different types of hair available and how best to market your own hair. Pay special attention to the type of photos you should take to achieve the optimum price for your hair.

Next Steps

Does the idea of selling your own hair appeal to you? Have you heard of this opportunity before? Let me know in the comments section below. Also, get in touch if you would like my help. My email address is mike@learnmoney.io

 

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Best regards,

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How to Transition From Active to Passive Income

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Active Income

Active income is the traditional way of earning money when you have a job; an individual trades their time for an hourly rate and is paid wages or a salary. This model applies whether they are working in a restaurant, shop or an office. Active income requires you as the employee to be in a specific place at agreed times and to follow a predictable routine. The primary benefit is that you will receive income that you can predict and that you can plan your expenditure precisely. The major disadvantage is that you are limited by the amount of hours a day and the fact that the more work you do, the more tired you will become.

Passive Income

Passive income is income that you can generate once you have completed all the initial work for a project and then set up the processes to create recurring passive income. A good example of this is provided by the music industry, an artist writes, records and produces an album and then when it is released, they will receive passive income from its sales.

From Active to Passive

In the video, I discuss specific ways that you can transition from an active to a passive income model. It is not easy, you will have to do the work but once you have done it, you’ll be much closer to our shared goal of financial freedom.

 Next Steps

Would you like to earn more from passive income? Have you already started?    Let me know in the comments section below. Also, get in touch if you would like my help, my email address is mike@learnmoney.io

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Best regards,

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