Here is a common question raised by investors and advisers alike. In your mind, what is the best bet today for someone who has $25K available to invest?
To keep it simpler, let’s make the context both brief and clear: mid-range time frame for investment, the investor has some other investments but we do not know what they are, this money is after tax money in the form of a check, the investor has “average” or “typical” risk tolerance and, finally, the investor is somewhat cost averse.
I received a lot of different answers and suspect that you will have some more. No-one liked the idea of investing in bond funds or ETFs but preferred stock, with its promise of good dividends was one suggestion that sounded reasonable.
Among the specific investments offered by those with comments were bullion, stock in Tesla and the perennial Vanguard Funds (one reader said buy any fund of theirs and you will be fine – that seems a bit strong to me).
An interesting variation was the mention of long-short funds which are intended to negatively correlate to the market and provide a reasonably good return, though a downside of this option was the higher cost associated with such funds.
What's your preference?