Investment clubs are a great way to learn how to invest in the stock market or real estate assets. They are becoming increasingly popular as a method of enacting Group Economics. It is wise, however, to follow some simple guidelines before joining an investment club to be sure that you know what you're getting into.
1 Local vs. online investment clubs
If you enjoy socializing or face-to-face interactions, then joining a local investment club may be the best option for you. Members typically meet once a month. Local investment clubs often invite investing professionals or experts to speak at meetings. These talks are excellent opportunities for members to learn from others' investing experience and to ask questions.
You can easily find local investment clubs through word of mouth. Ask colleagues, neighbors, friends and relatives for recommendations. Chances are they may belong to a local club or know of someone who is a member of a local club.
Online investment clubs offer convenience. They usually have virtual chat rooms or forums where people can post questions and answers. If you don't have as much time to mingle with others or attend local meetings, then you may be suited to joining an online investment club.
2 Investment capital
Determine how much you can afford to invest. Some clubs have set minimums that must be met for investments. The beauty of investment clubs is that members pool their money to invest jointly. So, you don't need to have massive capital to begin investing.
3 Investment period
Make sure that you find out how long your money will be tied up before making any investments. Some clubs have set rules on the minimum length of time for an investment. Don't get stuck paying a penalty that will negate any potential profits from your investment.
4 Beware of scams
Get rich quick schemes are abundant, especially on the Internet. If something looks too good to be true it probably is. Most legitimate clubs don't charge joining fees. Before joining an online investment club, check out its reviews by other members. Determine how long the club has been running and its investment performance.
5 Read the fine print
Before signing anything, read everything over thoroughly. Be sure that you understand your commitment and are comfortable with the terms and conditions of the investment club. Check for any hidden fees or penalties for early withdrawals.
Investment clubs can be an interesting and fun way to learn and invest. As long as you make wise decisions and keep a diverse portfolio you will likely be able to make some decent profits through your investment club.
Amount of money to invest. Don't think that you need a lot of money for investment purposes to start an investment club. The opposite is in fact true: you don't need to have a lot of money to invest to start an investment club. You can set a minimal fee for each month's contribution that fits into your budget. You'll have the chance to determine what the minimum monthly contribution should be each month when you have your first meeting of the investment club.
Combined investment money. On your own you may not have enough money to invest in the stock market in a way in which you may be able to realize a profit. However, when you combine your investment dollars with the dollars of others in the club you'll have a significant amount of money to invest in the stocks that you've been watching and think may be successful. Keep in mind that just as there is strength in numbers there is also a shared sense of security when you're not investing alone.
Diplomacy. One thing that you should keep in mind is that your voice will be part of the larger group and you may not always have a say in which stocks you want to invest in. If you're unable to sit back and let another decision take the place of something that you would rather see, then an investment club might not be for you. You'll need to have the ability to let the majority rule whenever a decision is made.
Learning experience. You should be prepared to be satisfied to never realize a profit from the stock market. One of the important goals and features of an investment club is that you benefit from the learning experience of being with other people with the same interests in the stock market. If you never make a penny you should still be pleased with your participation as part of an investment group.
Starting your own investment club will be a pleasurable, and perhaps profitable, way to spend time with other people that share the same investment passion that you do.
You'll be able to learn about the stock market in a safe and secure environment with other people that understand your fascination with the stock market.