Investments. What are they? What do they look like? How do you get them? What makes them valuable? What makes them worth more, or less?

We often get questions about investments, but it’s important to understand what an investment really is, because it’s not as clear-cut as you might think.

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think ‘investment’?

Stocks? Cash? Gold? Property? All of the above?

The major asset classes that people think of when they think of are cash, fixed interest, stocks and property. And that does cover a wide range of investments.

They are all things you can put your money into with the hope that, one day, they’ll be worth more. That concept is the core of an investment. You invest your money into something and, one day in the future, you can get a lot more back as your investment goes up in value.

If you think about that concept, you realise that investments can really be anything. You can invest in wine, classic cars, antiques, art; you can even invest in a new kind of investment: cryptocurrencies. These are all forms of investments.

The best investments are the ones you don't know about

While the ‘traditional’ forms of investments are the most obvious, it’s also important to understand they’re not the only ones. And that perhaps your own education is an investment equally important as the stocks you buy.

At Money Morning, we aim to help educate you about all kinds of investments, from stocks and property, to precious metals and cryptocurrencies. The more you know, and the more you read and invest in your education, the better you’ll be as an investor. And that’s an investment that can pay off for the rest of your life.

We have a special page for our best investment picks, full of ideas and free reports to help you along the way, go check them out.

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