Capital investment refers to any one of a number of financial strategies adopted by businesses and individuals to raise funds. In simple terms, capital investment means allocation of money to a project with the hope of seeing a return on the money you invested. In other words, to put your money into capital investments means that you are personally gambling on the success of the venture you have put at stake. There are many ways to raise funds, such as issuing stock in a company, borrowing money from a family member, selling real estate property, purchasing a franchise business or using your profits from a business to underwrite an insurance policy.
One of the more popular means of raising capital investments is by securing raw materials with the potential for future sale. For example, oil and gas drilling equipment is expensive and if it were to suddenly dry up, drill companies would lose their source of income. The same is true of minerals like gold, iron ore and oil. Other types of capital investments to consider include equities in companies, land and property and machinery.
In order to determine whether your chosen capital investment will be successful in bringing you a long-term profit, you should consider several factors including the type of commodity or product you are looking to invest in and the current supply and demand for that product. If the market is experiencing an extended period of low prices, then you may make your initial investment pay off since prices have fallen enough to make it affordable for the public to purchase your product. On the other hand, if prices have begun to rise, you may not have as many opportunities to sell your assets. Also, if you expect that short-term interest rates will continue to fall, then you may want to wait before purchasing since future capital gains may make the initial capital investment unnecessary.