Should I Save or Invest?

Saving vs. Investing: Should I Save or Invest?

Have you ever wondered, should I save money or invest?  How does my investing strategy fit in with my cash flow creation system?  How do I get my saving and investing to work together so that I can maximize my whole personal economy?

Where Investing Money Fits into the Cash Flow System

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First we focus on cash flow today as it is the stepping stone for increased cash flow tomorrow and the driver of net worth.

In the Cash Flow System, you first increase cash flow by keeping more of the money you make.  Then you protect your money.  Finally, you increase and make more.

Investing is part of stage 3.  Building a cash-flowing asset portfolio of real estate and business accelerates time and money freedom.

Should I Save or Invest?

Why not both?

As you have income coming in, you want to have a portion of that that is yours to keep.  That’s your cash flow, and you want to put that into savings.  Saving money comes before investing. Savings is money that’s safe; it’s not going down in value, and it’s liquid, which means you can access it.

As we build that savings, we want to have at the bottom about six to 12 months worth of an emergency fund that we can tap into if we lost income or had something unexpected arise in our life.  Beyond that, we’re building an opportunity fund on top, which is money that we can use for our best investments.

Save and Invest

Next, we are saying; I’m comfortable staying in cash until just the right opportunity surfaces.  Not just any opportunity.  Not someone’s fancy pitch or their perfect deal that is too good to pass up and everyone has to get in right now.

No, it’s saying, I have a clear idea of exactly what type of investment I’m looking for because I understand the value that I have to contribute and I understand the market and the investment that I’m investing in.

Ideally, you have income coming from your “job,” and income from your investments.

The more you invest well, the more you again have to save.  To answer the question, should I save or invest, the answer is both.  Saving and investing work together, hand in hand.  Before you start investing, be comfortable staying in cash until you find just the right deal within your wheelhouse, that meets your investor identity, and matches the criteria that you’re looking for.

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Rachel Marshall

Rachel Marshall is the Co-Founder and Chief Financial Educator of The Money Advantage and President of Marshall's Insurance and Financial Services. She is known for making money simple, fun, and doable. Rachel has built a team of licensed professionals (investment advisors, insurance agents, attorneys, tax strategists) to help her clients create time and money freedom with cash flow strategies, Privatized Banking, and alternative investments. Rachel is the co-host of The Money Advantage podcast, the popular business and personal finance show. She teaches how to keep more of the money you make, protect it, and turn it into cash-flowing assets.
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