Long term investments – these are one of the best things and one of the wisest things that any individual can and should start doing as early as possible in life. There is ideally no perfect age to start working or to start saving. It will help not just the individual but also his or her family to have a secured life.
How does the long term planning work?
Ideally this is one of the best ways to secure one’s life. The greater benefits of slow and steady investment are:
• Flexibility to invest less: When the planning is for a longer span of time it is obvious that it will work well even if the amount invested is less. This is so as the amount being saved is for longer period and also the interest obtained will be on the higher side resulting in the ending amount to be on the higher side. This is obviously not possible when the period of investment is less. It is also seen that the mode of interest calculation is also different and yields lesser returns.
• Flexibility to choose return options- When longer period of planning is done, it is obvious that the mode of return can be determined by the investor. This means that one will have the choice to select how and when they want the returns. Whether it can be a onetime payment, savings that can be converted to annuity, or a regular income in the form of pension.
These might just seem too little benefits to read but in practical life these actually form one of the most important of one’s life. Just read through the points again and you will understand. Even if you do not understand them thoroughly it is always better to start planning for your future and the future of your family well in advance.
As the famous saying goes; A stitch in time saves nine- why to wait for a calamity to strike for thinking if how to manage it? Plan well in advance so when there is an actual need you will have finances or help to tackle the situation. Otherwise any unfortunate incident or a general old age ailment will result in compromise of the lifestyle of even basic needs by the entire family.