Do you see the traditional methods of investing remaining the same or changing?
Definitely changing. This is actually a central theme of my personal website. This latest economic cycle has stirred up a hornets nest. We're seeing a lot of new activity in 'non-traditional' investments types - also known as 'alternative' assets or investments and 'self-directed' individual retirement accounts which allow investors the freedom and flexibility to invest in things that were not accessible in their old, 'traditional' IRA and 401k portfolios. I expect to see this trend to escalate, especially as the baby boom generation inherits what is estimated to be $17 TRILLION dollars in wealth over the coming decade from their parents.
Hello Dave, it depends on what you mean by "traditional means of investing".
I think most people will continue to save for retirement via insurance companies and maybe invest in a stock or two.
A major problem is that no-one ever really learns how to invest, so there are many who follow various trends and crazes. We see daily ads on TV saying invest in gold, or coins etc. Or look to FOREX markets. Such matters are more specialist markets and are not really for investors, more for speculators or traders.
Investments are generally longer term. Speculation or trading can be very short term, even a fraction of a second can make the difference for a trader or speculator.
For the average person then I think there may be a change in the way they look at investments, speculation and trading. For the investments themselves I don't think there will be a move away from traditional vehicles such as real estate, stocks and bonds.
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