Poll: Do you invest part of your income?
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Michael Harris  Identity Verified
Germany
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Member (2006)
German to English
Other Sep 19

Invest, in what?

I am paying for my own flat, I have a car, computers, etc. etc. (and a wife and children☺)

Or do you mean in the stock markets?


neilmac
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neilmac  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 17:50
Spanish to English
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Other Sep 19

Earlier this year I adopted a rescue dog (or rather, the people who had found it dumped it on me when it started chewing up their furniture) and last month she ran out in front of a car while chasing a rabbit and broke her leg. So far, the treatment has cost me so much (over 2k) that it has basically eaten up everything I'd managed to put aside towards buying a new motorbike.
So, no. Back to square one...


 

Edith van der Have-Raats  Identity Verified
Netherlands
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Member (2016)
English to Dutch
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Invest in my company or in shares? Sep 19

Both cases: yes. I invest in company-related things such as software, hardware and permanent education. I also buy shares and bonds for several goals, e.g. renovation of our house, our children's study, retirement.

Olavo Nogueira
 

Kay Denney  Identity Verified
France
Local time: 17:50
Member (2018)
French to English
. Sep 19

My partner has invested in property and there's stuff he tells me I have to declare on my tax form so I suppose the answer is yes, although my role has been much more passive than that.

 

Nikolay Novitskiy  Identity Verified
Russian Federation
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Member (2018)
English to Russian
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Yes, of course Sep 19

If you don't invest, you consume it all, and you are no longer protected.

 

Olavo Nogueira
Brazil
Member (Jun 2019)
English to Portuguese
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50-30-20 Sep 19

As any freelancer my income is variable, so in order to manage my money, I adopted the 50-30-20 rule.

Off all the money I earn:

50% goes to my fixed expenses, the ones I have every month (rent, internet, bills...).

20% goes to financial investments (like stocks) and professional investments (software, courses, events...)

30% in this group is the money I can use to have some fun (but, If there is a lack of money in any of the other two groups I
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As any freelancer my income is variable, so in order to manage my money, I adopted the 50-30-20 rule.

Off all the money I earn:

50% goes to my fixed expenses, the ones I have every month (rent, internet, bills...).

20% goes to financial investments (like stocks) and professional investments (software, courses, events...)

30% in this group is the money I can use to have some fun (but, If there is a lack of money in any of the other two groups I will withdraw money from this group)

This planning is working pretty well with me.
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Edith van der Have-Raats
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Teresa Borges
Portugal
Local time: 16:50
Member (2007)
English to Portuguese
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Yes and no Sep 19

I invested in my children until they left the nest though that’s not entirely true as I still help regularly one of them…

neilmac
 

Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 08:50
Member (2003)
Spanish to English
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Other Sep 20

I put about 10% of my freelance income into a savings account. It's not an "investment," but the cash may come in handy someday. Two years ago I told my trustee that I had X amount of money in my savings account. She scoffed and said, "Well at least you have it today." She assumed that I'd be tapping into my savings, but her comment motivated me to keep increasing the amount and that's when I started my 10% plan.

 

Lincoln Hui  Identity Verified
Hong Kong
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Member
Chinese to English
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Yes Sep 20

Starting this year, at least half of my annual income will go to fixed-income bond funds.

 

Gitte Hovedskov
Denmark
Local time: 17:50
Member (Mar 2019)
English to Danish
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Other Sep 20

Hahahahahahaha

I wish!!!


neilmac
Michael Harris
 

LIZ LI
China
Local time: 23:50
Member (2008)
French to Chinese
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4+3+2+1 Sep 20

This is a well accepted formula here in my country (or maybe elsewhere):
40% for long term investments: property, long term participations...
30% mid-term, 20% short-term and 10% daily expenses.

It seemed to work well for some of us.

But for me personnally, 80%+ goes to savings & stocks market.


 

Samuel Murray  Identity Verified
Netherlands
Local time: 17:50
Member (2006)
English to Afrikaans
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On what invest means in English Sep 20

Michael Harris wrote:
Invest, in what? I am paying for my own flat, I have a car, computers, etc. etc. (and a wife and children). Or do you mean in the stock markets?


Although cognates for "invest" in many languages can mean simply spending money, in English the term typically means to "put money into financial schemes, shares, property, or a commercial venture with the expectation of achieving a profit". Some people consider the act of lending money for interest to be "investing" as well, although lending doesn't actually yield a profit (it yields only repayments, with or without interest). Some people even say that they're "investing" when they spend money on things that they hope will increase their income (hence the idea that one can "invest" in a CAT tool when in reality you're actually just buying it).

On the other hand, it could be that the poll poster simply meant "do you save up for old age" or "do you save up for old age in vehicles other than a pension fund". Who knows? We can't ask that person what he meant.


 

Mario Freitas  Identity Verified
Brazil
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Member (2014)
English to Portuguese
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It's my intent, but so far... Sep 21

I had two kids in high-school and a wife and a kid in college until last year.
Now, I have three kids in college and a "doctor" wife. So now I can start thiking of investing part of my income, something I always planned to do but was never able to.


 


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