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FIRST: YOUR CREDIT SCORE
This will unlock the lowest interest rates imaginable, allow you to leverage your money, and build your wealth effectively. Plus, it's pretty much free to do:
1. Open up a secured credit card
2. Pay it off in full every month
3. After 6 months, open another credit card
4. Pay that off in full every month
5. Monitor your score at CreditKarma or CreditSesame
6. Be patient !
SECOND: AN WORLDWIDE / SP500 INDEX FUND
This is a collection of the Top 500 LARGEST publicly traded companies here in the United States, or – you can get a total stock market index that covers a little bit of everything.
When it comes to stock picking, it was found that 92% of investors UNDERPERFORM the SP500 over a 15 year period…which means, chances are, statistically…you will make LESS MONEY investing on your own, than simply just throwing your money in the SP500 and forgetting about it.
THIRD: INTERNATIONAL INDEX FUND.
Now, here’s the thing – when it comes to index funds in GENERAL…I like them because of their SIMPLICITY. Instead of going and trying to pick the best stocks and then anxiously waiting for them to go up in value…index fund investing is a MUCH more passive approach.
This is an index fund that covers the stock market OUTSIDE of the United States. The advantage here is that, as other countries grow and develop, their stock prices increase – and your investments do better. Throughout history, there have been multiple times where international funds OUTPERFORMED the United States, like throughout most of the 1980’s and 2000’s…and that’s worth taking into consideration.
That’s why I’ve allocated about 20% of my entire stock market portfolio to an International Stock Market Index Fund, because – most likely – the US stock market won’t always be in the lead, and it’s important to diversify your position as much as possible if we’re talking about an investment that you’re planning to buy once, and then hold on to for the next 20-60 years.
FOURTH: REAL ESTATE INVESTING
-First, everyone needs a place to live.
-Second, a bank will lend you most of the money you need to buy a house – as long as you can come up with a 10-20% down payment.
-Third, since you have complete control over the house – you can make strategic renovations to the property that would increase it’s value, or increase the amount you can charge for rent.
-Fourth, the house could serve multiple purposes…so, either you can live in it as a cheaper alternative to renting…or, you can rent it out to someone else for an immediate return on your money.
-Fifth, I see real estate as a MASSIVE HEDGE against inflation long term.
-Sixth, there can be significant tax savings.
Even though it's volatile, your 20s are the best time to take risk, and in the event it doesn't work out – you have the rest of your life to financially recover.
Most of this is simply about building the proper financial foundation while you’re young and can afford the risk, and then – throughout your 30s and 40s….maintaining these investments until they can do all the heavy lifting for you.
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