Choosing to Invest: Nearing Retirement

Webull 12/05/2022

So, you're a few years away from retirement. Have you been thinking about your retirement fund? Maybe you have an IRA of one form or another and are looking forward to using the money you've saved over the years. Even if you've been contributing to a retirement account for a while, you might wonder if you should have started investing elsewhere as well to obtain passive income. Luckily, there's still time to learn how to invest in stocks despite being close to retiring.


Getting Started

No matter your age, the first thing that any investor should do before funding a brokerage account is learn the basics. It may sound daunting at first, but anyone can learn how the stock market works if you're willing to put in the time. The courses on Webull Learn are designed to help all investors and welcome them into the world of investing.


Once you've done enough research, figure out what your goals are. How much money would you like to own before you are ready to retire? Would you like to continue investing while you're enjoying retirement? Before you can begin, it's necessary to figure out what's best for your needs.


Note that investing can be a long learning process, but, if you're dedicated and have the means, it can be worthwhile. Learning about the stock market and what it means to be an investor is just the first step to placing a first trade. While there's a lot that goes into trading, there's many positives to doing it. Although, it's still important to know that there's risks involved.


The Benefits

While you may think it's not useful to begin investing at the end of your career, there is still time to start your journey as an investor. When you choose to invest, you're giving yourself an opportunity to make additional income. These funds can be used to supplement your retirement account, potentially providing you with even more money to use at your leisure once you leave your career.


You can invest at your own pace. There's no right or wrong timeline, and you can trade with strategies that best suit your needs and risk tolerance. If you're close to retirement, you may choose to focus on shorter-term goals and prioritize liquidity in your investments. Having money in dividend earning securities is also a great way to continue making income and can help provide more financial freedom throughout your retirement.


So, even though it may feel like it's too late to invest, it's important to remember that you can become an investor at any age and reap the benefits of investing even if retirement is just around the corner.


Despite the many positive aspects investing can have, don't forget to consider that there's still potential for loss with any investment. It's crucial that you understand the level of risk you can afford to take on before proceeding. A few areas of your risk tolerance you should consider before you invest might include, but are not limited to, your age, liquidity needs and investment objective. Not every investment will provide you with profit, and you may lose more than your principal on a trade. Liquidity needs


Ready to Invest?

If you've decided that it's time to make your first investment, but are still nervous, try out paper trading before using real funds. It's necessary to be as prepared as possible before taking the leap, and paper trading can be a great way to practice before getting into the real thing. With your goals in mind and retirement on the horizon, becoming an investor can be a great way to earn an extra income as you prepare to end your professional career.


It's necessary to consider the risks along with the benefits—before jumping in, be certain that you've learned enough about the investments you'd like to make. Every investor has their own goals and needs, so your journey will be unique to you. While profit is the most desirable outcome for any investment, you have to be prepared to accept losses as well. With the right strategies, you can create a portfolio that works for you and potentially increase your earnings post-retirement.


Disclaimer: Securities trading is offered to self-directed customers by Webull Financial LLC, member SIPC, FINRA. All investments involve risk, including the possible loss of principal. You should consider your investment objectives carefully before investing. This is not a recommendation, investment advice, or a solicitation for the purchase or sale of a security. Additional info: webull.com/policy