2To invest or not to invest…that is the question!!!
3Syllabus Investing Investment options Investment planning investment decisionsfinancing investmentsavings and borrowingsethical investmentsInvestment optionsthe range of investment optionsrisk and returnInvestment planningselecting a mix of investmentsspreading the riskmaintaining records and monitoring investmentsmodifying investments to maximise long-term gainsCurrent issueskey issues related to investment in current financial environments
4ContextIn this unit of work we focus on the range of investment options and how to make wise investment decisions.In particular, we look at various investment options and the level of risk associated with each.We also examine the ways that investors can keep track of their investments so that they maximise their long- term gains.
5Lingo List Capital gain Income Capital loss Interest Collateral EquityEquity loanEthical investingGearingIncomeInterestInvestmentInvestment portfolioMortgageNegative gearingUnit trust
6Lingo List - Definitions Capital gains – occurs when the sales price for an asset is greater than the initial cost. Capital loss – occurs when the sales price for an asset his less than the initial cost. Collateral – an asset promised to a lender in case the borrower is unable to meet the loan repayments.
7Lingo List cont.Equity – the value of an investment less the amount of money owing on the investment. Equity loan – a loan where the equity in an asset is used as collateral for the loan that is taken out to buy further assets. Ethical investing – investing in assets that are considered to be morally sound; for example, those that are not socially and environmentally harmful.
8Lingo List cont.Gearing – borrowing for the purpose of investment, such as purchasing a share portfolio or using a mortgage to purchase a house. Income – regular payments from an investment; for example, interest on cash or bond, dividends on shares or rent from properties. Investments – an asset purchased with the intention of producing a capital gain or income, or both, for the ownerRead more:
9Lingo List cont.Mortgage – A debt that is secured by the collateral of specified real estate property and that the borrower is obliged to pay back with a predetermined set of payments. Mortgages are used by individuals and businesses to make large purchases of real estate without paying the entire value of the purchase up front. Negative gearing – Borrowing money to buy an investment asset without receiving enough income from the investment to cover the interest expenses and other costs involved in maintaining it. The shortfall between income earned and interest due can be deducted from current income taxes. Unit trust – An investment where a number of individuals place their money with a professional manager who manages the total fund on their behalf.Read more:
11investment decisionsInvesting is the outlay of resources in order to gain more resources.Resources may include anything of value, from money to shares in a company, or property, depending on:Where you would like to invest andWhat you would like to achieve by investingHow long would you like to invest for
12Why invest?In order to get more from money in the future than what its worth in its current value
13Other reasons includeSome people use their investment as a form of saving so that they can eventually make a major purchase.In this case, they expect that it is earning more than if they had just put it aside.If you stored cash in a jar under your bed, the money would eventually lose its worth due to inflation, the decline in the value of money.If, however, you invested the money in a basic savings account, it would earn interest usually corresponding with the rise in inflation, meaning that it would at least be worth the same amount as when you deposited it
14Income and capital gains Income is money received from an investment while it is owned.A capital gain is made on an investment when it is sold for more money than it cost to buy.A capital loss occurs when an investment is sold for less money than it cost.For example, a house costing $ is purchased as an investment. It produces an income, in the form of rent, of $1000 a month. If the property is sold for $ some years later it has made a capital gain of $ If it is sold for $ it has made a capital loss of $
15Negative gearingWhen an investment property is negatively geared the investor may be able to reduce or minimise his or her taxable income.Negative gearing occurs when the deductions associated with an investment are greater than the income the investor receives in a 12-month period (the financial year).The loss that is made on the property investment can be offset against any income the investor has from employment or other investments.When the investor’s tax return is submitted, the investor may be entitled to a refund.
16How it works in practice You purchase an investment property for $ , which rents for $200 a week.You have borrowed 100 per cent of the purchase price using your equity in your existing property as collateral.Your cash flow position is shown in the table below, with expenses in brackets.
19How do you start?Unless an inheritance or some other windfall (for example, a gift or a lottery win) is received, investing is achieved through saving, borrowing or a mixture of both.A minimum amount of $500 is generally required to begin an investment portfolio.
20SavingsThe advantage of saving before you invest is that you do not have to pay Interest on a loan.However, it takes time to save sufficient funds to make the investment.This may mean you have extra costs, such as paying rent while saving for a house.Before starting to save, it is important to work out how much you are spending and whether there are ways to spend less and save more.
21borrowings When borrowing money for an investment, you must: ensure that you can afford the repayments,shop around for some loans that suit your purposescarefully check and compare the features of these loans. For example, personal loans may be secured or unsecuredSecured – the bank or financial institution retains an interest in the item purchased, such as a boat or car.Unsecured – the bank or financial institution give the loan without security ( the onus is on you to make the repayments and pay back the loan)
22Equity loansHome-owners can use the equity in the home they own or are paying off to purchase an investment property. For example: You bought a home in 2009 for $ To finance your purchase you borrowed $ You used your savings ($ ) to pay the balance. At this point your equity in the home is $ Four years later, thanks to the property boom, your home is worth $ Your equity is now $ plus any amount you have been able to pay off your mortgage.
24ethical investmentsEthical investors take a holistic view (this means linking strategy to things like charitable purposes, appetite for risk, as well as moving from a peer group approach and adopting more individual strategies to examine how the money will be used)When making investment decisions, some people decide that they wish to invest only in certain companies or organisations whose products, policies and practices are in line with their own beliefs and values.It is becoming more common as people become more aware of the issues and practices of businesses that can damage our society and the environment.
25Other thoughts to consider An ethical investor who cares for the environment might therefore refuse to invest in a mining company, for example, or an investor involved in human rights might decline to invest in company known to treat their workers badly.This form of investment is highly subjective, based on the investor's personal politics.Consideration of ethical issues when investing may lead to reduced returns
26Other thoughts to consider Certain investments could be promoted as ethical as a marketing ploy and may not, in fact, be ethical.Use of the terms ethical and socially responsible could make it appear that investments that do not use these terms are unethical or socially irresponsible.Slight contradictions can occur within an investment portfolio.For example, a socially responsible fund may choose not to invest in tobacco companies but may invest in retailers who sell cigarettes.
27(a) ActivityComplete the following Ethical Investment Questionnaire to give you an indication of the type of investor you might be re.pdf