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The Rise of Social Investor

-Editorial

Investing in the stock market is a risky business but if done right it could bring financial security to a person’s life.

In the last couple of years, there has been an increase in middle-class people investing in the stock market. But not all stock options are good for the middle class as people have to be careful about what they invest. With a little bit of advice and research, the best decision can be made. Traditionally dominated by wealthy investors, the middle class is now participating more and that could mean a shift in the economy in the years to come. 

Here are some tips for the middle class to invest. 

1. Stocks are Safe:

The middle-class investor has loads of demands, and rightly so because the funds invested into the stocks could have been clipped from their children’s education fund, from their plans of building a home, or some special fund created for a contingency.

2. Stocks are rewarding:

There is no better equation to define the stock market like RISK= REWARD. It is visible that not only the profits but cash dividends as well are showing constant upward movement on quality stocks. And for a middle-class family, nothing can sound sweeter than the sound of a larger check in the mailbox. The company’s earnings are on the go, rising surely and steadily, year after year. This can be summed up as a highly rewarding investment, custom made for the middle class.

3. Stocks are liquid:

Stocks are probably the most liquid near money assets that one can find. In comparison to real estate investments, bonds, or government securities such as treasury bills, stocks fair better liquidity and movement. You can expect to make a few 1,000 sales of your stock position or a few 1,000 buy of another with a matter of a few market hours. The reason being, stocks have the silver lining feature of being traded-in. And what service to give to the middle class, to bail out on stocks when they are bearish and buy them when they are bullish.

4. Stocks are growing:

In stormy times like these, to make a bold statement that stocks will outlast any other form of investment and is the best investment for a middle-class investor is impossible to prove. However, one thing is certain; with the safety, liquidity, and ease of division Stocks can ensure any investor of an excellent investment, no matter what the market condition. Stocks are more than just money’s worth of a sheet of paper or a certificate on your screen. It is the testament that the one in the possession of it is an owner of a company and that grants it ownership utility of the highest form. As long as the company lives, the stock will earn money and keep the investor happy. 

5. Stocks are saviors:

In times of need, stocks are lifesavers, and not just metaphorically. Borrowing is as easy as it gets when it is against your stock value. Again, this will benefit the middle class greatly, when they have an approved marginal borrowing that their broker has agreed upon. And as of now, writing a check against your account is as easy as writing a diary. The silver lining here is that debt is also created in case your balance is nil and interest rates are very affordable.

6. Stocks are Middle Class-ish:

It is a proven fact that stocks are one of the best wealth creators of the 20th and 21st centuries. And more importantly, it’s not just meant for the super-rich. Buying stocks, holding them for long periods, participating in the stock market, and reinvesting in dividends reinforce the Middle-Class mentality. Earn more, save more, invest more, and get more happiness. Stocks are safe enough for the middle class to buy, liquid enough for them to sell, reward them sufficiently, and will continue to reward them in the future, and all these qualities make up a dream investment for the middle class.

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