As the world’s economy grinds to a halt, the global financial system is increasingly struggling to cope.
But what is a savvy investor to do?
A new study suggests one simple, and often overlooked, strategy.
It is a simple strategy that has worked for many investors in recent years.
They have simply invested in cars, homes, and even their retirement savings, all with a minimum of fuss.
The new study, which was published this week by the Harvard Business Review, finds that investing in these assets with a certain amount of care, and with a degree of caution, is one of the best ways to save money and improve your financial health.
The authors of the study, from the School of Management at Harvard, looked at more than 7,000 asset classes in the United States and compared them to the median amount of savings held by Americans over the past five years.
The average amount of saving for a household was about $20,000, and most of that was in the form of stock and bonds.
The median amount invested in a stock was $15,000.
For a home, it was about the same.
For retirement, it wasn’t much different.
For many Americans, the financial crisis and recession in 2008 hit their finances the hardest, especially because the economy was still in the early stages.
This led to a significant drop in their savings, as well as their ability to save for retirement, which has been the mainstay of most families for generations.
For this reason, most people with a high level of education or training are more likely to be able to afford the investments they make.
“When we look at the average savings for households that are at least 25 years old, they are generally lower than what they would be without the financial crises,” said Dr. Andrew J. Smee, one of two co-authors of the report.
“They are more like the average income than the average asset class.
If we can save the money for our retirement, then we can invest it, and we can get better returns.”
Smee and his colleagues found that the median investment for households with a college degree was about 13% of their household income.
This compares to about 16% of households with no college degree.
“That’s still pretty good, and it’s not a bad investment,” Smeo said.
“If you’re a middle-class family with some college savings, this might be enough to get you through,” Smede said.
But, the more educated people are, the greater their savings will need to be.
This can be particularly important for younger households, who have lower levels of savings than their parents.
“In households with lower education, saving in these asset classes is probably not that much different from if they’re higher education,” Svee said, “so it’s still an asset class where you can actually do better than the median income would.”
For example, the median household income for households in the 25-to-44 age group was $57,000 last year, and the median savings was only about 14%.
But the average amount invested for that age group in these three asset classes was about 40%.
“It’s hard to overstate how important this is,” Sved said.
“We’re seeing more and more people saving in stocks and bonds, which is good, but it’s also important to remember that those assets are pretty cheap.”
For the study authors, this is a major reason to be careful with how much you invest.
“If you invest in these more high-risk asset classes, it’s important to do that in a way that’s not going to be too risky,” Smere said.
“If you go to a mutual fund and say, ‘I’m going to put this money into this asset class, and I’m not going into any of these other asset classes that have a higher risk,’ the risk of that investing strategy is going to go up,” Sze said.
Smees and Svees say this is important, because if you have enough savings, the money is going into more valuable assets, and that is likely to lead to better returns.
“You don’t have to be wealthy to have some of the same level of returns that people in the middle class have,” Simee said., said Sveis.
The study, by Smees, Sme, and colleagues, was conducted with help from the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis and the Federal Housing Finance Agency.
It was funded by the American Institutes for Research and by the U.S. Department of Education.
Smedes is a professor of finance at Harvard Business School and a senior fellow at the Institute for Advanced Finance.
Sve is a graduate student in finance at the Harvard Graduate School of Business.
Svee has been studying the role of saving in the financial system for more than a decade.
He and Sme are