First steps in investment

Investment? ING answers your questions!

Invest or save?

You should actually invest AND save. Putting money aside to have a safety cushion to cover the unexpected is essential. In the short term, saving is generally the best option. In the long term, investing usually outperforms saving.

Invest or become an owner?

Financial investment and real estate investment are both long-term strategies. But how do you choose between the two? We’ll explain the differences.

What are the main types of Investments?

Equities, bonds, funds, financial markets, investor profile, return, risk… It’s hard to take the plunge when you’re overwhelmed by all these terms… It’s often the first thing that stops us: “I don’t know anything about it”. Here are some explanations of simple words that seem complicated.

Is there a right time to invest?

First of all, you should know that looking at all costs to buy or sell at THE RIGHT TIME is not a good idea. You risk never getting started, or missing the best days of the market.

Investing, what are the risks?

By definition, a notion of risk is inherent to investing, which is more or less significant depending on your profile, your situation and your objectives. How are risks assessed and controlled?

Is there a minimum investment amount?

You don’t need a fortune to invest. It is possible to invest small amounts to begin with and see how you go. If you’re unsure, start out by investing just a little and see how you feel.

How long should I invest?

Investing is a long-term process. In these complicated times, here are a few tips to help you manage your savings or investment portfolio over the long term.


Everything you wanted to know but were too afraid to ask!

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