A Crash Course on How to Start Investing (Even If You’re in Debt) (Ep. 168)

I used to think that investing, along with traveling and skiing, was a rich man’s game. It was one of many things that had always been squarely out of reach for a younger me.

I still haven’t done much traveling, and I’ve never skied — but it turns out I was wrong. At least about investing.

Mutual funds, stocks, bonds, IRA’s: there’s certainly a bit of a learning curve. But this vocabulary lesson could make all the difference when you start thinking about retirement and realize you’d like to trade that job in for some time on a beach.

We’ll get more into the specifics in this episode, but here’s the takeaway: the most important thing you can do as far as investing is concerned is to start as soon as possible.

As soon as possible in this case means after higher-interest debts have been paid off and you have enough money to eat comfortably, but we want to start as soon as we can to grab that sweet, sweet compound interest.

After all, as Einstein himself once said:

Compound interest is the eighth wonder of the world.

And it turns out that there are a few investment options these days with a much lower barrier to entry than I expected. Not everyone requires $1,000 or more just to start — some companies will even let you start investing with no minimum.

Don’t procrastinate — finances, education, and health are three of the most important ingredients to real freedom, and they all take time to build.

If you’re anything like me, this episode will help bring your first investment one day closer.

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