If you have some extra money in your bank account – money you worked incredibly hard for, and believe it or not it doesn’t have to go to daily bills or outstanding debts – then you may want to think about investing it. Why? Because if you “play your cards right” you could turn that lump sum of cash into something even bigger and better – like more money. And more money, of course, means more freedom, more options, and more security. As exciting as investing your money sounds, don’t forget that in many instances you are also placing that money at risk. What would happen if the investment turned out to be a bust? You could lose it all, and that would be a tough thing to deal with.
Many people choose to place their money into money markets because they are universally recognized as being very, very low risk, as compared to other investment vehicles and strategies. Why is that? Because money market funds are issued (sold) by banks that both American and international governments have deemed to be very trustworthy, because they have excellent credit histories and are in very good financial shape. So, while there are some risks involved – there could be a run on the banks, for instance – but by and large money markets are considered to be one of the safest, lowest-risk investment instruments around.
The global financial market and money markets are incredibly complicated things. If you’re on unfamiliar ground with any aspect of investing then by all means, sit down with a qualified financial services industry expert and ask him or her as many questions as you need in order to feel like you understand what’s what, and how things work. After all, when it comes to investing your money, you don’t want to take too great a risk unless you’re sure of what you’re doing.