Investing money for five years is usually the minimum amount of time you want to invest in a stock, mutual fund or bond before you really see a decent return on your investment. However, there are some funds or stocks that expert financial advisers see as having high annualized returns, which, over the course of five years, will make you a lot more money. These are usually the best funds to invest in, though this advice is always changing.
Alternative Energy Sources
Looking into mutual funds or companies that are pioneering new ways to produce and sell energy is a great investment in this day and age for a number of reasons. For one, we will always need energy to power our ever-changing, expanding world. Second, the idea of making clean and energy-efficient products has finally taken hold and the popular and corporate mindset, and subsequently their money, is going in that direction. Energy is always a safe bet, as people will always need it.
Mutual funds or stocks that deal with emerging markets are another great investment over a five year period, though they are a bit more risky but can often offer incredible returns. For example, in 2009 China was a good place to put your money as that country of a billion strong that is enjoying some of the effects of capitalism in their economy. Good mutual funds will be able to predict where the next boom will be in the next country or with the next product or industry to invest your money in.
Five years is half a decade and more then one term of a presidency, which means either the political mindset will stay the same or change drastically at some point in that time. As politics directly effect economic policies and motivations of people who invest in products, companies and markets, this is an important thing to look into before investing your money over the next five years. What will the world, the economy and the political landscape look like five years from the day you invest? Financial advisors are incredibly helpful in this arena.