Managing risk is more important than maximizing gains. We believe you should never invest in anything that you are uncomfortable with or that you don’t understand. While we would prefer to live in a world without risk, this preference simply does not conform to the real world. Therefore, we use risk management techniques and tools to reduce the following risks.
Financial Planning is Often SuggestedFrequently, many people want to invest with a hope to be rich overnight. This is not totally impossible - but it seldom happens. So, don’t count on it. It is a very bad idea to start investing aiming to get rich overnight. Instead, a safer approach is to plan to invest in such a way that will enable your money to grow over time slowly. When you have achieved your target, you'll be able to use the returns on your investments for your child’s education or for whatever you have planned to do. However, if you want to be rich quickly with your investments, then you may want to look into short term, high-yield investing. Get all the information you can get about this type of investments before you begin.
Before making your investments, it is better to consult with a well qualified financial planner. He or she should be able to advise and help you in your choice of the type of investment you can go into with the financial goals you've set in mind. He or she should be able to give you an idea of the kind of realistic returns you can expect from your investment and when you can expect to reach your financial goals.
Investing is much more than just contacting your investment broker and giving him or her instructions on which stocks or bonds to buy or sell.
Consulting With YouFinancial illiteracy isn't a problem limited to students. Half of U.S. adults received a failing grade for their knowledge of basic economic concepts, according to the NCEE.
But there is hope in education. The National Endowment for Financial Education has confirmed that as few as 10 hours of classroom instruction can improve spending and saving habits.
Because financial literacy is fundamental to personal success and a benefit to society, American Century provides support for financial education.
In cooperation with a premier education consultant, the investment manager developed Tips for Kids and Tips for Life, curricula for use in the classroom. To date, these programs have been used by more than 3,000 educators in all 50 states. The free programs are delivered via the Internet to educators and are presented to education conferences to help users implement the programs in their schools.
American Century's efforts to improve financial literacy extend beyond the Tips for Kids and Tips for Life programs. Free educational materials and tools are available on its Web site. And the information presented in American Century founder James E. Stowers' "Yes You Can..." book series is designed to share the personal experiences and ideas that helped him become successful.
Educating today's students on basic financial principles will pay dividends in the future because they are tomorrow's social, political and economic leaders.