Extreme Investing for the Adventurous In All of Us

November 5, 2007

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You’ve probably heard of extreme sports, sports “perceived as having a high level of inherent danger or difficulty”. Well how about extreme investing!

Extreme Investing
I’m a pretty non-extreme investor in general; most of our money is in index funds with a small percentage in other industry specific funds.  But I do like to use a small portion of our money for “extreme investing”.  What exactly is extreme investing you ask?  Well it really depends on the perception of the person that is risking the money.

To someone who trades stocks on a daily basis and is very comfortable with the market, making margin trades might be their version of extreme investing.  On the other hand, to a person invested only in CD’s or bonds, simply buying a stock might feel a little crazy.

Why Extreme Investing?
Of course the point isn’t to get an adrenaline rush or an extreme buzz from watching your investment’s progress.  The reason you might want to do a little extreme investing is that it can help broaden your financial horizons. As creatures of habit we tend to stick with what we know, whether what we’re currently doing is the best thing for our situation or not.

Extreme Investing Options
Extreme investing basically entails taking a small percentage of your financial capital and using the money to invest in something you typically wouldn’t but think could be a good opportunity for you. Maybe you’re interested in starting your own business, investing in someone else’s idea, or just trading a few shares of stock.  Ideally, you’ll do research on the topic before jumping in so you can learn the risks and opportunities of what you’re getting into.  The money you invest should be money you’re willing and able to lose 100% of, after all this is extreme investing : )

Investing Growth
The cool thing about extreme investing is that once you make some money with it, you can use that capital to reinvest into training, research, or more growth with the same idea.  My version of extreme investing has been dabbling in online businesses and I’ve invested the money I’ve made back into new ideas.

Investing Guidelines
As I mentioned earlier, it’s important to only use a small portion of your financial assets for extreme investing, an amount you’d be willing to lose. If you lose it all don’t continue to pile your money into it. Make sure you research the investment area and understand what it is you’re putting your money into. When you make money invest it back into your venture for future growth.  The last rule is to learn from your mistakes and widen your horizons!

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Ben Edwards, the founder of Money Smart Life, saved up enough to buy a Nintendo back when he was 12 years old. When he used the money to buy shares of Wal-Mart stock instead, he knew he wasn't like the other kids... His addiction to personal finance has paid off for his family and now he's helping you to afford the life that you want. Check him out on the web at Google Plus, Twitter and Facebook.

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5 Responses to Extreme Investing for the Adventurous In All of Us

  • The Money Post

    I don’t know if extreme investing is the term, but I agree a portion of your portfolio should be in higher risk, higher return investments. For me, at the moment I have been doing a lot of research on FOREX and options trading.

  • The Dividend Guy

    Give covered calls a look – not as risky as speculation but provides some upside. If it is thrills you are looking for, then that may not be the answer, but it will provide you with some added benefit.

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