Savings vs Investments

Saving and investing often are used interchangeably, but there is a difference.

  • Saving is setting aside money you don’t spend now for emergencies or for a future purchase. It’s money you want to be able to access quickly, with little or no risk, and with the least amount of taxes. 
  • Investing is buying assets such as stocks, bonds, mutual funds or real estate with the expectation that your investment will make money for you. Investments usually are selected to achieve long-term goals. 

Key Takeaways

  • Saving money typically means it is available when we need it and it has a low risk of losing value.
  • Investing typically carries a long-term horizon, such as our children’s college fund or retirement.
  • The biggest and most influential difference between saving and investing is RISK.




For short term (1 to 3 years)

For long term (5 years or more)

For Easy Access and withdraw

For High Returns

Low risk option

Medium and High Risk option

For safe and secure

For Beating Inflation

Short term like 1 year to 3 years

Longterm like 5 years and more

Ex: Fixed Deposits, Recurring Deposits, Bank savings account, Money at home…etc 

Ex: Real estate, Bonds, Mutual Funds, Stocks, Gold…etc.