Smart ways to invest $10,000
Make your savings work harder
If you have worked hard to save $10,000, make sure your money is
working hard for you. We explain how can you get the most from your
savings, whether it's reducing debt, creating an emergency fund or
starting an investment portfolio.
Don't forget to revisit your goals first so that whatever you
decide to do fits within your overall financial plan.
Check your goals
The first step in any financial plan is to set some goals. What
are you trying to achieve? How long will it take? The investment
you choose should suit your investment timeframe.
If you have already set your goals, your financial decisions
should support those goals. Check out our web page on goals
and risk tolerance to help you get started.
Pay off your debts first
If you have credit card debts or personal loans think about
using the $10,000 to pay them off. Interest on these types of debt
is not tax deductible and is usually quite high, so these debts
should be your first priority.
If you have a mortgage that has a redraw facility, paying
$10,000 off your mortgage will not only reduce your monthly
interest but will also help pay your loan off sooner.
Use our calculators to work out how much better off you'll be
putting the $10,000 towards your debts.
Build an emergency
Putting at least some of the $10,000 in an emergency savings
fund will give you some breathing space to deal with life's ups and
downs. This money could help a lot if say, you are temporarily
unemployed, your car needs major repairs, or you have urgent home
maintenance to do.
How much you need in an emergency fund will be different for
each person. We suggest working out how much you would need to
cover all household bills and expenses for 3 months and use that as
a starting point.
Make sure your emergency savings are in a high interest savings
account you can access when you need to, but try not to dip
into it unless it is really an emergency.
Consider an exchange traded or index
Exchange traded funds (ETFs) can be a low-cost way to gain
exposure to growth assets like shares or property without a large
up-front investment, and without having to choose individual
assets. This sort of investment has a higher risk than a savings
account but will usually provide higher returns over the medium to
ETFs can be bought and sold like shares on a stock exchange,
through your stockbroker or online trading account. ETFs in
Australia are passively managed investments, meaning they track an
asset or market index, and usually have lower fees than traditional
They are available for assets such Australian shares,
international shares, property, fixed income products, foreign
currencies, precious metals and commodities. Read the PDS carefully
before you invest to make sure you understand the investment. Find
out more about ETFs.
An index fund is a type of passively managed ETF that invests in
a portfolio of assets that mimic an index, such as the ASX All
Ordinaries index or the S&P200 index. An index fund generates a
return, before fees, that is almost the same as the index it is
tracking and is an inexpensive way to gain exposure to a large
portfolio of assets.
Index funds are traded on the Australian Securities Exchange
(ASX). Read the PDS carefully before you invest.
Boost your super
If you want to retire with a similar standard of living to what
you are used to while you are working, your employers' super
contributions are probably not going to be enough. Adding to
your super can be tax-effective and because the money is locked
away until you retire, you will reap the benefits of compounding
returns over time.
There are two ways you could contribute your savings to
- Salary sacrifice through
your employer - this will reduce tax and you can top up your income
from your savings
- Make an after tax contribution to
super - this can be a good option for low income earners as they
may also be eigible for a government co-contribution.
If you are planning to add to your super you should also think
about reviewing your super investment options and
check the super
fees you are paying.
There are plenty of smart things to do with
$10,000. Consider your current financial position, your goals and
what's most important to you, so you can work out the option that
suits you best.
Last updated: 22 Jan 2016