Choosing an investment opportunity that’s right for you can sometimes seem frustrating, especially if you’re only investing part-time or as a means to supplement savings or retirement planning. The key to finding the right opportunity to invest is taking the time to consider what type of investment you want to make, looking at the risk involved with making it, seeing how much it will cost for you to make that investment, and using that information to determine whether or not the investment will work out for the best in your situation. Below you’ll find some basic information on each of these considerations to help you to make the decision that’s right for your personal needs.

Types of Investments

There are a vast number of investment opportunities available to potential investors, but not all of them are right for all purposes. The most common types of investments are stocks, bonds, and indexes, with stocks beings shares of individual companies, bonds being government-issued investment funds, and indexes being an average of everything contained within a sector or industry. Other forms of investment, such as futures (purchases based upon potential for future performance), also exist, though it is generally recommended that you know a bit more about them than this article could cover before investing in them due to a higher risk factor.

Analyzing Investment Risk

There is risk associated with any investment deciding how much risk is acceptable is vital to making sound investments. In order to determine the risk of a potential investment, you should look at its history both the recent history of the past several weeks and the history of the investment for the past year. Looking at the recent history will help you to determine whether or not any recent increases are just a part of a fluctuation, whereas the year’s history will show you if the increases have been steady over time, if they’re part of a yearly cycle, or if this is the first time that increases such as these have occurred. The more stable the investment appears over time, the less risk is associated with it. The reverse is also true.

Determining Investment Cost

It’s important to remember that there will likely be additional costs associated with investment other than just the cost of the investment itself. Brokerage fees, setup fees, or other miscellaneous fees might be included in the overall cost of the investment, so you need to make sure that you include any of these extra costs into your estimations. Contact the investment firm, browse the website, or request additional information from the person who is going to be handling your investment to see what fees (if any) will be included both in the cost of making the investment and in cashing the investment in at a later date. If the fees seem excessive, you may want to consider investigating a different investment option to make the investment itself so as to see if their costs are more in line with what you’re wanting to pay.

Deciding What’s Best for You

Once you’ve gathered your information and have considered your options, weigh the costs and the risks against how much you can afford to put into the investment. When deciding whether or not you can make the investment, make the assumption that you’re going to lose money then determine whether or not you’ll be able to afford to lose money with that investment. If you feel confident that you’ll be ok even if things don’t go your way, go ahead and invest all the while keeping your next investments in mind.