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How do you guys decide where to invest money? I just bought a 2 bedroom apartment that I’m confident will bring long term growth. I plan on buying another apartment for rental purposes in the next few months. But I want to start investing in the market in a smart way that will lead to greater financial stability. Does anyone have any tips / books they use? I can’t invest directly so I would need to hire an investment manager - but I feel like i don’t even know where to start.

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Real estate is too much trouble for a busy biglaw associate imo. Set it and forget it index funds for me. Any difference in returns between index funds and real estate is money spent to buy me a little bit of precious free time. I’d rather not be managing rentals when I’m not working, and hiring a property manager really erodes into returns.

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Sure thing, it took me years to get comfortable and learn before i pulled the trigger. But i did it and I’ve learned a ton. Or just turn over & tell yourself that nothing is possible and this is the life you chose!

Long term, very hard to beat the market. VTSAX (index) or target-date funds are good default options. If you want cash flow & exposure to real estate, REITs are my preference (minimal headaches), don’t waste your precious free time chasing an extra couple % ROI by being your own property manager. As for sources, if you want to pay someone, I’d highly recommend a flat fee (no commission) financial advisor. They’re hard to find, most institutional advisers will push their own funds to max commission at your expense. Remember, just like returns compound over time, so do costs. That 0.5-1.0% fee really eats into long term returns.

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Betterment is a good robo advisor. Wealthfront too.

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ETFs

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Specifically, VUG and VGT (if a smidge risky)

Look into backdoor and mega backdoor Roths while they’re still an option

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