Looking for investments with high returns?

In investing, what is comfortable is rarely profitable. ~Robert Arnott

Looking for investments with high returns? That’s natural because we all want the best possible return on our money. However, with investing, most people are keen to play it safe whilst still hoping they’ll achieve high returns.

Now whilst a play-it-safe strategy might still result in a decent return occasionally, mostly that will be a matter of luck. Occasionally the cards might fall in your favour but that never happens consistently. To win consistently it all comes down to skill. Let’s face it, money is a game. And if you want to win at the game of money you need to be as skilful as the best investors.

So if you’re looking for investments with high returns the first thing you must consider is risk. It is a fact that risk and reward go together. The biggest rewards tend to go with the greatest risk. By risk I mean the possibility of getting an outcome you really don’t want.

The assets that might give you the greatest return might also have the potential to give you the greatest loss. And that’s where skill comes in. The better your financial education the more skilful you will be at judging risk. You will also be better equipped to find ways to mitigate risk.

It is a fact that if you want to make significant financial gains then you have to take risks, which means that you have to step out of your comfort zone. Baron Rothschild famously said that the best time to buy is when there is “blood in the streets.” However holding your nerve is not easy when everyone else is running for the hills.

Nevertheless fortune favours the brave. If you’re an inexperienced investor then proceed with caution, of course. You need to understand your attitude to risk and, ultimately, you should never do anything unless you know what you’re doing.

If you’re taking risks, they should be calculated risks. That’s why a good financial education is essential. Take every opportunity to educate yourself and develop your financial know-how and then start by taking small steps. Then watch out for those moments when it makes sense for the contrarian to act.

Many of the great investment luminaries through the ages have reaped enormous rewards from adopting a contrarian strategy.


In the quote at the top of this post, Arnott’s point is to remind us all that risk and reward go together. You can’t have one without the other. That’s not to say, take crazy risks. It means that finding investments with high returns involves risk and dealing with risk requires great skill. And developing great skill requires you to educate yourself. By that I don’t mean go back to college, I mean start reading books and learn from for all the most successful investors.

Recommended Reading:

If you want to improve your financial education then buying some books on the subject for your personal reference library is an important step. Here are four excellent books I can recommend.

One Hour Investor: The Beginner’s Guide to Investing in the Stock Market by Russell Ellroy

One Hour Investor: The Beginner’s Guide to Investing in the Stock Market is recently published and so it’s right up-to-date. If you want to learn about stocks, bonds, mutual funds and much more, then this could be the book for you. Written in a very accessible style and aimed at the absolute beginner.

Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill

Think and Grow Rich is a classic of the genre. Originally written in the 1930s but still around and still very popular. And it’s still around for a reason. It’s exceptional and definitely worth adding to your personal reference library.

The Richest Man in Babylon by George S. Clason

The Richest Man in Babylon is another classic of the genre. Simple but inspiring. You can read this book in a few hours but it will provide you with a series of powerful lessons for acquiring money, keeping money and making money. Again well worth adding to your personal reference library.

Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert T. Kiyosaki

Rich Dad Poor Dad is an excellent starting point for anyone seeking to improve their financial knowledge and improve their financial future. This is modern compared to the previous two but it has also become a classic and is well worth the cover price.

I have all of these books in my own personal library and I dip in and out of them frequently. You will be inspired by them all I am sure and I recommend you purchase your own copies now. You can check them out by clicking on the links.

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