Why stocks are better than bonds, certificates
of deposit, and all other types of investment vehicles.
Historically, stocks (and mutual funds that
invest in stocks) have earned investors 10% per year. In fact,
that is higher than the returns on any other investment, including
real estate, bonds, and collectibles. For short periods of
time other forms of investments may outperform stocks, but
over the long run, stocks have always risen to the top.
Rate of return is not the only thing to
consider, however. Liquidity is an important factor, too.
The ideal investment is one that can be sold nearly instantaneously
at a fair price. Stocks can be sold instantly. On the other
hand, real estate or collectibles take much longer to sell.
Other things to consider are the time and
money it takes to maintain the investment. If you own a rental
property, you need to take into consideration the amount of
time and money you will spend maintaining the property. You
also need to plan for times where the property is vacant.
Stocks (and mutual funds that invest in
stocks) usually don't require such a commitment of time and
money to maintain. However, you need to be aware that day
trading and many other stock selection methods require enormous
amounts of time to execute properly.
Fortunately, subscribers of our newsletter
don't have to spend inordinate amounts of time to follow our
recommended portfolios. Trading is relatively infrequent and
we'll tell you exactly when to buy and when to sell. We do
the work for you so you can use your valuable time on other