The 10 Best Low Risk Investments for High Return

best low risk investments with high returnThe first time I stood at the top of the high dive at the rec center pool, I was a nervous wreck.

I never realized how afraid of heights I was until that moment.

For many that have never invested before, they feel this same apprehensive feeling.

With the rising cost of living, it’s imperative that we invest (preferably with the lowest risk possible) to generate high yield returns.

High rates of return on your investments are wonderful because it means you don’t have to invest as much capital to reach your investing goals. Yet the higher return you want the more risk you take to get that return.

As you near or enter retirement (or if you are managing investments for your high school senior’s college fund) your appetite for risk drops precipitously. You simply cannot afford to see a huge drop in the market right before the time you need to begin withdrawing funds from the investment accounts.

Instead, you need to shift to low risk investments. These types of investments will generate a lower return because you aren’t taking as much risk, but you’re okay with that. At this time capital preservation is more important that astronomical growth rates. You need to know your account won’t drop 25% in a year and severely impact your investing goals.

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Dollars and Cents: Should I Use Old 401k to Pay off Credit Card?

Welcome to the first installment of “Dollars and Cents“. This is a new segment where I’ll be answering reader questions using video with a bit of humor.

It’s part of my life mission of making personal finance fun. :)

If you have a question that you want answered, be sure to use our contact form here.

Here’s the first reader question:

So I am currently in college and working full-time. I took out student loans to cover the cost of tuition however, I had about $1300 in expenses that were not covered by that and had only a few days to come up with the funds. I put the charges on my credit card.

I have a 401K from my previous employer that I was planning to rollover into a Roth Ira. However, I am wondering if it would be better to cash out the 401K to pay down the credit card and then put the remaining balance in the IRA. I know that the fees/taxes are probably ridiculous. I just don’t know if it is better to do that or to leave the balance on the credit card and pay it down over several months.

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Start Saving For Retirement Today: Best IRA Online Brokers

best ira online brokerAs a financial advisor one of the biggest frustrations about our industry is for the young investor that want to get started investing into an IRA.

Why is it frustrating?

Because most big firms don’t want to help new investors.

Otherwise known as “small investors”.

Yes, you can walk into an Edward Jones office and open an IRA, but you’re going to have to pay an annual custodial fee.

They aren’t the only ones.  All big brokerage firms will charge $40-$75 per year just to have the account open.

In addition, some firms will charge you a small account fee if you don’t generate enough commissions or fees or the year.

Over and above that, you’re either going to have to pay a commission for each mutual fund, stock or ETF trade that you place or you have to pay an advisory fee which will be anywhere from .75% to 1.5% of your account balance.


As you can see, yes you can open the account with a big brokerage firm, but they’re going to gouge you in fees making it nearly impossible for any new investor to make any money.

So what’s the alternative?
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Prosper Review – Investing with a Peer to Peer Lender

Prosper - Peer to Peer Lender

Investing With Prosper

Are you looking for higher rates of return than you can earn on certificates of deposit, online savings accounts, and bonds?

If you are willing to accept a bit more risk and want to mix up your portfolio to not rely solely on stocks then peer-to-peer lending can be a great option.

Prosper was the first successful company in the peer-to-peer space, and remains a great place for you to invest money in P2P lending.

What Problem Does Prosper Solve?

If you find yourself in a financial bind and in need of cash, you have several options. You can borrow from family or friends, use your credit card, a personal loan from your bank, or as a last resort use payday lending. These were your options up until about 4 or 5 years ago when peer-to-peer lending arrived on the scene.
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