Now that you are starting a new life together, you should be eager to secure your financial future and ensure that you and your partner will have the money necessary to sit on your front porch and watch your grandchildren play instead of working right through your golden years. By making smart investments, you can amass the wealth necessary to do just that. As a young couple, you have the potential to grow a sizable fortune prior to your retirement if you play your cards right.
Select a reputable investment adviser. The Securities and Exchange Commission warns potential investors not to select an investment adviser blindly, but instead to check credentials and references carefully. Remember, you are trusting this individual with your future happiness.
Set investment goals. Decide what you want from your investment efforts. By setting a goal, you can make it easier to stay focused and allow yourself to see how far along in your investment efforts you really are. Either set a long-term goal, such as to acquire one million dollars prior to retirement, or a shorter-term goal, such as buying a home.
Diversify your investment portfolio. If you fail to diversify, you are taking a huge risk. Instead of selecting one investment type and putting all of your money into it, select several in which you are interested, and put smaller amounts into each. By doing this, you can ensure that you aren't losing your shirt should one investment fail.
Stick with your investments. Don't allow the ups and downs of the market to get you off track. Instead, stick with your investments and give them time to mature. Expect some loses periodically. As long as the gains outweigh them, you will end up on top in the end.
Monitor your progress. Smart investors are active in monitoring their progress towards the reaching of their goals. Don't be neglectful when it comes to monitoring your investments. Check up on them regularly.
Erin Schreiner is a freelance writer and teacher who holds a bachelor's degree from Bowling Green State University. She has been actively freelancing since 2008. Schreiner previously worked for a London-based freelance firm. Her work appears on eHow, Trails.com and RedEnvelope. She currently teaches writing to middle school students in Ohio and works on her writing craft regularly.