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Investment: How to take the first step and keep moving forwards


Investment: How to take the first step and keep moving forwards


Your first contribution to a unit trust, whether a lump sum or monthly debit order, is an admirable step towards reaching your savings goals. However, it’s essential to have a robust strategy in place so you can follow through to achieving positive long-term investment outcomes.

“Where can I invest my money?” is a common question people ask at the beginning of their investment journey. Once you begin, you need to remain actively engaged in managing your finances to work for you.

Speaking to an independent financial adviser (IFA) who can help you draw up and implement a plan that sets out precise, measurable short- and long-term investment goals is worthwhile. It should be reviewed and adjusted accordingly – typically on an annual basis.


Unit trusts An easy way to begin.

Unit trusts offer young investors many benefits, such as easy access to financial markets and diverse asset class exposure. They are suitable for a range of investment objectives and timeframes. Furthermore, they are managed by investment experts.

These investment products can help you achieve your financial goals as long as you avoid common behavior-linked pitfalls. Here are five pitfall-proof tips to help young investors.

The debit order is a vehicle to accomplish positive long-term outcomes.

A disciplined approach is required to receive positive long-term returns on your investment. The best way to start is to decide how much you can afford to invest and set up a monthly debit order to automatically deduct the contributions from your account. In addition, make sure you adjust your debit order regularly to account for the impact of inflation on your money. If you don’t, it can erode your buying power.

Continue to build momentum.

After the first contribution, make a concerted effort to build momentum to achieve a favorable result. Draw up a ‘blueprint’ outlining the steps that should be taken – you can also speak with an IFA if you need assistance.

Increase your debit order when possible.

Consumer price inflation can erode buying power, causing chaos on our monthly expenses. Young investors may not realize you need to consider inflation when reviewing your monthly debit orders. For example, should inflation be sitting at 5%, consider increasing your debit order by the same amount to counterbalance the potential negative impact.

Invest your annual increase.

Suppose you’re lucky enough to receive an increase or cash windfall. In that case, it’s recommended that you maintain your disciplined approach and invest the lump sum instead of spending it on unnecessary items. By supporting it, you can reap the rewards of compound interest.

Start a unit trust or tax-free investment.

Start saving by committing monthly contributions to a unit trust or tax-free investment account. Speak with an IFA who will advise you on where you should keep your money; in other words, which type of investment will suit you best.

Remember, reaching your goals requires sticking to a plan and prioritizing your priorities. Happy saving!

Eula Boone

I have written professionally since 2010 and have been an investor since 2015. My finance blog, economydiva.com, is one of the most visited blogs in the world, with more than 3 million readers a month. I love sharing what I know about investing, saving, and managing money and providing practical tips on how to be a smart and savvy money manager.