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Should you Invest in Stock Markets or Property?

Should you Invest in Stock Markets or Property?

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You should begin to save money for the future from the day you receive your first salary. But too often people are confused about what to do with the money they’ve saved. Should they invest it? And if so, in what? There are so many options to choose from when making an investment. The decision will often come down to a battle between stock markets and property investments. But depending on the type of investment you want to make and your further goals, you will certainly be able to make the right choice for yourself. As a step towards answering the investment question, let’s understand the differences between the two:

The Real Estate Dilemma

  • Real estate investments are physically tangible investments. You can actually see, manage, and maintain the property in which you will invest. They are solid in terms that the price of a piece of land or building will increase over time. These prices are directly linked to factors such as location of the property, whether rural or urban, and the utility of the land or building.
  • Residential units, warehouses, and office spaces in urban areas never lose their charm. In fact, an investment in any of the above mentioned buildings will definitely profit you in the long run. The nearness to airports, railway stations, major cities, and so on also plays a role in determining the value of lands.
  • However, these types of investments are often for the long term. They cannot be easily liquefied. Rather, property is an investment for people who need security in life. So if you are looking for permanent investments, property may be the right choice for you.

The Stock Market

  • Stock markets, on the other hand, are an easily liquefiable investment. The shares you hold can be sold anytime you want. It doesn’t take years or months of waiting for the sale to happen. They can also be easily reallocated to another account, for example, a retirement fund, that is free of taxes until you start to withdraw from the amount. Sure, stock trading requires a knack and certain understanding of the market. Without this knowledge and experience, you may find it hard to differentiate the right stock from the pile. But, when done well, the stock market can double your investments in a short amount of time and, hopefully, double your savings.
  • However, there are risk factors involved with the stock market. Just as there is the probability that your money will be doubled, there is also the chance of losing it. Stock markets are, most of the time, predictable but when sudden changes happen, no one can possibly be sure of the turn it may take. So far portable stocks may face a down fall in worth or vice versa. While it is almost like having money at hand, the stock market is a game for those who are familiar with the tricks.
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