7 Ways To Invest $10,000 In 2020

Lets discuss 7 ways you can invest $10,000 in 2020 – and how you can best maximize your money, enjoy! Add me on Instagram: GPStephan

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FIRST: Use some of that money towards an Emergency Fund
This the money you set aside to ONLY be used in case of…YOU GUESSED IT…. an emergency, where you have no other option to turn. Ideally, the size of this fund should equal anywhere from 3-6 months worth of your expenses, and kept easily accessible….for emergencies. Lets say you lose a job, your car breaks down, or some other “emergency” happens and you need money…this is where you get it from.

SECOND: Pay down high interest rate debt
When you have high interest rate debt…paying DOWN that debt is like getting a guaranteed return on your money at whatever interest rate you’re paying down. So paying off a 20% interest credit card balance is like getting an immediate, guaranteed 20% return on your money – without ANY risk whatsoever.

THIRD: Retirement accounts
-Roth IRA
This is a retirement account where you can contribute and invest after-tax money, and then all of the profit within that account is COMPLETELY tax free after the age of 59.5. You’re able to open up one of these accounts and deposit up to $6000 PER YEAR if you’re under the age of 50…and if you’re over 50, you can contribute $7000 per year.
-Traditional 401K
This is an account that you invest PRE-TAX money into, and then you’re taxed when you begin withdrawing the money after the age of 59.5. Now, unfortunately, the “catch” here is that you end up paying taxes when you take the money OUT of the account in retirement…so it’s not exactly a “Tax free” investment.
-HSA Health Savings Account
This account is specifically used to pay any out of pocket medical expenses or charges that you incur…if you don’t use them one year, that’s fine, it all rolls over to the next year.

FOURTH: Low Risk Low Reward: High Interest Savings Account, CD, Bonds
First, a savings account is the most obvious choice – and there’s no shortage of high interest, online savings accounts that’ll pay you above 1.7% annually.

Second, if you KNOW for sure you won’t be needing the money for a specific amount of time – you could look into putting your money into a CD, which will give you a slightly higher return while you continue saving.
And third…if you want to take a little more risk with your money, but still keep it fairly safe…we have Bonds.
A bond is basically just an IOU from a government, state, city, business…and again, most bonds are relatively safe.

FIFTH: Index Funds
An index fund is basically just an investment that tracks the overall market, and you’ll get to own a small amount of everything in one fund, for a low price. For MOST people watching this video…I’d probably recommend this route, because it’ll be your best risk vs reward in terms of how much money you’ll be making.

SIXTH: Individual Stocks
This is, by far – the riskiest from everything I’ve discussed – but, the payout potential could be much larger. This is because you’re placing a significant portion of your money within only a few specific companies, and your entire investment is dependent on those businesses doing well…so if you have a knack for picking stocks, and NOT trading emotionally…then it may work out for you.

SEVENTH: Real Estate
You could potentially buy a property up to $100,000 or so, and then rent it out. That could make you money in so many different ways, not to mention the tax benefits you’ll get of being able to write off all of your expenses, the equity you’ll gain by paying down the mortgage, and the potential appreciation of the building over time. All of which could increase your overall return dramatically.

*Not Financial Advice 😉

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How To Prepare For The 2020 Recession

Lets talk about a potential recession, what might happen, and how you can best prepare – enjoy! Add me on Instagram: GPStephan – Avocado Toast Merch:

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So first, lets talk about what’s influencing the market and what factors we should be made aware of:
The first is rising interest rates: This means that the cost of borrowing money is expected to INCREASE over the next few years. When borrowing gets more expensive, you either need to RAISE prices to keep the profit margins the same – which means things get more expensive to you as the customer.

Second, we’ve begun seeing the warning signs of the INVERTED YEILD CURVE – which, according to just about every article out there, the inverted yield curve has historically been associated with a high likelihood of upcoming recession.

Third, we have the tariffs and the uncertainty surrounding what may or may not happen. And when it comes to investments, the ONE thing all investors dislike is UNCERTAINTY. When people are UNCERTAIN, they don’t invest, they hold cash…and that causes stock prices to fall.

And fourth…we’re seeing a slow down in nearly all markets.

Here’s what I think is going to happen…
First, I’ve noticed QUITE a lot of what I call “gamblers fallacy.” This is the expectation that the market will drop, JUST because we’ve been in the longest bull market in HISTORY and that means it’s “overdue” and more likely to happen.

Second, I believe that a lot of our “Recession Talk” is already SOMEWHAT factored into the price. Think of all the people NOT investing right now because they want to wait for lower prices…that is, in itself, self fulfilling and lowering prices.

And third…no one, including myself, knows whats going to happen. No ONE.

And fourth, you have so many false news articles designed to APPEAR like credible new sources so they get pumped through Facebook and Blogs for the sole purpose of manipulating you into buying their products.

Well here’s the reality:

First, NO ONE can predict when a recession will happen. We’ve been seeing these articles since 2013 from people who claim the recession is coming any month now. It’s never ending. You’ll read about this one expert predicting something, then another expert predicting something else, and they keep repeating themselves until eventually, one of them is right. Then they use that credibility of being right ONCE to propel them into the next opportunity.

Second, it’s important you PREPARE for a recession in ways you can CONTROL:
First, you CAN control whether or not you keep a 3-6 month fund in the event you lose your job or something unexpected comes up. This is absolutely ESSENTIAL for you to do.

Second, you CAN control whether or not to have too many outstanding debts that might need to be paid down. If you’re over leveraged, or if you have high interest debt, it’s in your best interest to pay those off to free up cashflow in the event of a downturn.

Third, you CAN control how much you spend…if you’re spending is too high, it’s important to cut those back so that you can save more money to invest.

And when you DO invest, invest long term. Ideally, these are investments you should plan to keep 10-20 years. For me, I see lower prices as an opportunity. And to alleviate some of these concerns, you don’t need to just drop ALL of your money in the market at once…buy a small amount each and every month. This way, if the price goes down..you’re buying in cheaper and cheaper over time. If it goes up, you’re buying in little bit little…and anytime when it comes to investing, slow and steady wins the race. This isn’t about making an immediate 10% profit in a month…this is about investing for your future in a slow, stable way where you don’t feel stressed whether the market goes up or down.

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