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Direct investments versus managed funds

Investing your money is an effective way to build your wealth. You can choose whether you invest directly, indirectly (through a managed fund) or a combination of both.

If you prefer to control where your money is invested you can purchase shares directly.  However, it is important to conduct thorough research before investing directly as there are many factors that will influence the performance of shares.

Alternatively, managed funds pool the money of multiple investors into a single investment vehicle with a common objective and strategy. Just as their name suggests, managed funds are managed by investment professionals for you. They give you an easy way to invest in one or multiple asset sectors such as shares, property, fixed interest and cash. 

Financial advice is not a ‘one size fits all’ approach. Everyone’s situation is different and it is important to work with a professional to identify which investments may be suitable for you. Bridges is one of the few financial planning groups that offers a full stockbroking service to help you with both direct and indirect investment options.

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