Veterans Might Consider a Career in Investments


Retirement is a mixed bag for many people. On the one hand, it’s the much-anticipated, coveted moment of reaping the benefits of a lifetime’s work – time to finally relax, take up a hobby, do a little more travelling, and spend more time with the family. It’s also a time which can leave some people restless – particularly veterans who are leaving a life’s worth of service, are still active, and looking for other fields which pique their interest.

Investing is one particular field that might strike a chord. It’s a structured field but one that is sometimes subject to unpredictability, which yes, increases risk, but also makes it interesting. It is also a good pursuit for obtaining extra income as well as leaving something behind for the loved ones.

Getting started

As with any pursuit, research is key – it’s important to consult professional advice before making any big decisions. Wesley Edens, co-founder of the Fortress Investment Group, believes that investment is a combination of many things: potential, drive, intuition and careful analysis.

Edens, who purchased NBA team the Milwaukee Bucks last May, has made a career out of advising several high-profile business people and celebrities. For Fortress Investment, it’s a field which requires a lot of dedicated expertise, but one in which virtually anyone with incentive has the potential to flourish.

Now that the financial market is on its way back up, possibilities for investments have expanded to cover several diverse sectors. Many individuals can pursue alternative investments as well as traditional ones, and while these have more strict regulations to abide by, they can be highly profitable.

You can also consider constructing a total return portfolio, retirement portfolio (with IRAs), immediate annuities, dividends and real estate to name just a few. The risks with these are straightforward – do you have the time and the resources to invest in them properly? Are they high risk? What kind of return will they give you?

You want to be sure that you are ready to tackle any potential issues that rise out of them before any big purchase; it’s not enough to envision the potential of a prospect, but to be able to apply it in context and see it through successfully. Of course, the rewards for this are considerable when investments go according to plan.

It means more value, more income, and more peace of mind. Asking the right questions and investing at the right time is key to this success, and one which will keep you busy for years to come – making retirement that much more fulfilling.

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James is a financial expert who has contributed several business and finance related articles. His expertise and first-hand knowledge of economics makes his blogs and articles informative and helpful for those looking out for guidance and assistance in matters related to finance. He has an active schedule of TV and radio interviews He is co-host of the popular VT Radio show Jim and Gordie Show. latest-articles-buttonJim comes from an old military family dating back to the American Revolution. Dozens of Confederate ancestors fought for the South in the War Between the States. Uncles fought in WWII and Korea. His father was a WWII P-40 and later P-51 Mustang fighter pilot. Vietnam found several uncles serving, a cousin, and brother Wendell as a young Ranger officer. His mother was a WWII widow at 16, her first husband killed with all 580 aboard when the SS Paul Hamilton, an ammunition ship with 7000 tons of explosives aboard, was torpedoed off the coast of Algiers. He has been writing, speaking and doing public relations, television, consulting and now multimedia work for a variety of American heritage, historical, military, veterans and Intel platforms. Jim’s only film appearance was in the PBS Looking for Lincoln documentary with Prof. Henry Lewis Gates, and he has guest lectured at the Army Command and General Staff School at Fort Gordon. Currently he is working to take his extensive historical video archives on line to assist his affiliated organizations with their website multimedia efforts, such as the Military Order of World Wars, Atlanta, Sons of the American Revolution, Sons of Confederate Veterans , Assoc. for Intelligence Officers, the Navy League, Georgia Heritage Council, National Memorial Assoc.of Georgia.

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