One of the most common questions that we get asked by potential investors is ‘why should they invest in Bricksave instead of Stocks?’ Those same people who ask us that question are usually shocked by my response ‘ Don’t invest in stocks instead of Bricksave, invest in stocks as well as Bricksave.‘
We firmly believe that one of the most important elements of any investment strategy is to diversify your portfolio and whilst we offer investors the chance to do that through the Bricksave platform, with a range of properties across different countries, we also believe that they should invest in other asset classes to reduce the level of risk in their portfolio.
Before the emergence of real estate Crowdfunding, investing in stocks was the most common way for people to start investing. It is quick and convenient and if you have an understanding of stock markets and how stocks work there are solid returns available. Additionally, well chosen stocks can result in you earning dividends when the company is profitable meaning that you are earning a residual income, not just an appreciation on the value of the stocks; this is similar to earning a rental income on a property, just on a much smaller basis.
As well as advantages to owning stocks there are downsides to investing in stocks and when making any investment decision it is important to look at both sides.
Short term volatility: The stock market fluctuates considerably and this means that the value of your stocks can increase or decrease in value very quickly. The best stock investors are investing for the long term and are able to absorb big decreases in value without changing their strategy.
You can lose all of your initial investment: It is possible to lose all of your initial investment, if a company has a bad year or even goes bankrupt then the value of your shares may go down to almost zero. It is important to do financial research on any company before choosing to invest in their stocks.