[Podcast] Do you understand the Five Levels of Investing?

[Podcast] Do you understand the Five Levels of Investing?

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Not all investors are created equal. 

If you want to become a successful property investor you really need to understand the five levels of investing which is a model that I’ve designed to explain how most investors progress along their path to financial freedom.

Just to be clear, this has nothing to do with your level of income. It has a lot to do with your financial fluency and financial intelligence. Podcast – Do You Understand The 5 Levels Of Investing

If you want to work your way up the rung of investors, you’re going to have to understand which level you’re at right now present and what you have to do to work your way up to the next level. After today’s episode, you’ll understand more about the levels and where you fit into them.

After I’ve explained the five levels of investing, I’m going to share a mindset message from one of my mentors. 

The Five Levels of Investing

Level 0 – The Spender

Those at level 0 end up with a high level of debt because they spend and borrow, living paycheck to paycheck. They aren’t really investors at all; they’re spenders and borrowers.

Level 1 – The Saver

Those at level 1 have one main investment – their home. They save money, but they save it to spend it later, not to invest it.

Savers are often unwilling to take any risks with their money and fear financial matters that look risky.

Level 2 – The Passive Investor

Those at level 2 are aware of the need to invest in order to grow wealth. However, they don’t necessarily understand the rules of money and may be hanging on to outdated ideas about finance.

Passive investors look for outside sources and “experts” to tell them what to do with their money instead of educating themselves, which can make them easy prey for get rich quick schemes.

Level 3 – The Active Investor

Those at level 3 are actively involved in their investment decision and take responsibility for their own financial futures. They focus mainly on growing their asset base.

Active investors understand that they can’t do it all themselves, so they form networks of advisors and peers or join Mastermind groups.

Level 4 – The Professional Investor

Those at level 4 have risen to a level where they have built and now manage their own investment business. They have a substantial asset base that generates enough passive income to pay for their lifestyle, and they continue to grow their portfolio whether or not they work a real job.

Professional investors retain control of their investments while employing a team to help them continue to achieve consistent results.

Where do you fall in the levels of investors?

Not everyone makes it to Level 4. In fact, few get that far.

But you can, once you understand why the rich keep getting richer.

Links and Resources: 

Michael Yardney

Metropole Property Strategists

Metropole’s Strategic Property Plan – to help both beginning and experienced investors

Join us at Wealth Retreat in June this year – find out more here: Wealth Retreat 2020

Some of our favourite quotes from the show:

“Level 4 investors rarely stop educating themselves.” – Michael Yardney

“A final point about Level 4 investors is that they teach their financial knowledge to their children. They pass on their family fortune to future generations.” – Michael Yardney

“You can be a low-income earner when it comes to your day job, but still be a level three investor and have financial security.” – Michael Yardney


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Michael is a director of Metropole Property Strategists who help their clients grow, protect and pass on their wealth through independent, unbiased property advice and advocacy. He's once again been voted Australia's leading property investment adviser and one of Australia's 50 most influential Thought Leaders. His opinions are regularly featured in the media.

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