Personal Finance

Beware of Risky Investment Products

Understand what qualifies as a risky product – There is bound to be variation in what seems risky to people. Here’s our take on the riskiness of an investment product. Products that are far riskier than what you might be led into believing, those that come without any proper guidance and information about risk factors, and ones that are not eligible for any compensation if your markets tumble unexpectedly, are what qualify as risky, as far as the scope of this article is concerned Even though it is perfectly fine if you wish to invest in risky products considering the high rates of returns associated with them, it would be better if you used the suggestions in this article to fine tune your picks.

Investments that are too risky to be worthy of your money – Despite the strict regulations in the financial markets, there are investment products that are strangely extremely risky, and yet continue to get deposits because of strong marketing. Unregulated collective investment schemes are among such products, and come to you without any regulatory backing up. Exchange traded funds with ambiguous terms are also best avoided. There are some of these exchange traded funds that depend on the prices of assets and indexes that are pretty hard for you to understand and track. The result is that you are left helplessly bound, just watching your investments go haywire without any support system to fall back on. Traded life policy investments also qualify as risky investments, as the grounds they are based on are pretty tough to anticipate and understand. In such investment products, you get returns when policy holders die! Death bonds have been known to fail completely, and such a situation could nullify all your investments in such products.

What to look for in an investment? – When you are being pitched an investment product, make sure that you ask some tough questions. Also, don’t be dissuaded with the ultra small prints of the documents that are given to you in the name of disclaimers and terms. Use all the time in the world, and underline all the statements that look dodgy. Then, seek clarifications on them. There are chances that the person trying to sell to you will give you up, and that means that you’d have saved yourself from being fleeced. Look for money back clauses; if you find one, there’s great a great reason for you to consider the purchase deeply.