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豆知识 2009-11-01&11-07 理财小知识——投资

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 Most of us look forward to a comfortable future. To get there, you've got to be smart about using your money to make more money.

 
This is Investing Money in Plain English.
 
We know that putting money in savings1 helps you make more money over time thanks to interest. It's predictable and based on an interest rate. However, there are ways to make more money if you're ready to take risks.
 
Consider this. You're here, and you want to be here. You have a choice between two options. Going around the mountain, which usually takes 5 hours. It's very predictable. Or going over the mountain, which can shorten the trip to 2 hours. It may seem like an easy choice. You can get there 3 hours earlier by going over, but there's a catch! You might get stuck in the snow, which is a risk that could make the trip even longer than going around the mountain.
 
The best way to deal with risk is to be informed. If you do your homework, like checking the weather reports, you'll have a better chance of making a smart decision. Now, of course I'm not talking about getting from town to town, but reaching your financial goals.
 
Having a savings account is predictable, it grows steadily2 with interest. Investing, on the other hand, can grow your money much faster, but there's also a chance you could lose some of it. There are many ways to invest.
 
Let's say your friend is opening a coffee shop. She needs money to buy the beans and supplies. Because she can't afford everything, she asks people like you to be investors3. You can see that this is a big risk, but you do the research and find that a new coffee shop could do very well. So, you give her company money, and you become an owner and a tiny part of the company. That bit of ownership represents the money you invested. If the coffee shop business is slow, the value of your investment may shrink. But if the coffee shop is successful, your investment could grow with the company.
 
It may take time to see the outcome, but you've bet that your money would grow faster in an investment, than the modest earnings4 in a savings account. That's what makes it risky5. It's hard to know how an investment will do over time. The same is true for the stock market.
 
When you buy stocks, you're buying a tiny portion of a large business, and betting that the business will do well over time, increasing the value of your investment. Now, the stock market and private businesses aren't the only kinds of investing.
 
Let's say you'd like to invest $500. You find antiques that you believe will be worth more in the future. If you're right, you may be selling them for $750 in a few years. If you're wrong, they may be worth only $400. By investing, you're taking a risk, and you have to be ready for both outcomes.
 
Whether it's a friends coffee shop, the stock market, or antiques, the big ideas are the same. Savings accounts are predictable, and may be a good choice. But if you're ready to take the risk that you might lose money, you could put your money into an investment that has the potential for a much bigger payoff.
 
Investing is serious business. And every investment comes with different risks. Do your homework and discuss your plans with a financial professional before getting involved. If you plan for the long term, you may find that a comfortable future isn't too many years away.

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1 savings ZjbzGu     
n.存款,储蓄
参考例句:
  • I can't afford the vacation,for it would eat up my savings.我度不起假,那样会把我的积蓄用光的。
  • By this time he had used up all his savings.到这时,他的存款已全部用完。
2 steadily Qukw6     
adv.稳定地;不变地;持续地
参考例句:
  • The scope of man's use of natural resources will steadily grow.人类利用自然资源的广度将日益扩大。
  • Our educational reform was steadily led onto the correct path.我们的教学改革慢慢上轨道了。
3 investors dffc64354445b947454450e472276b99     
n.投资者,出资者( investor的名词复数 )
参考例句:
  • a con man who bilked investors out of millions of dollars 诈取投资者几百万元的骗子
  • a cash bonanza for investors 投资者的赚钱机会
4 earnings rrWxJ     
n.工资收人;利润,利益,所得
参考例句:
  • That old man lives on the earnings of his daughter.那个老人靠他女儿的收入维持生活。
  • Last year there was a 20% decrease in his earnings.去年他的收入减少了20%。
5 risky IXVxe     
adj.有风险的,冒险的
参考例句:
  • It may be risky but we will chance it anyhow.这可能有危险,但我们无论如何要冒一冒险。
  • He is well aware how risky this investment is.他心里对这项投资的风险十分清楚。
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