It’s a new year, and as we get into the swing of 2019, it’s time to take a look over investment goals and strategies for the rest of the year. Building a healthy investment portfolio requires some careful strategizing and a smart investment mindset. It also requires financial literacy. Whether you are a new investor or a seasoned veteran, here are some tips and strategies that may increase your chances of a successful investment year ahead:
Taking an active role in your investments is important. Some argue that once a year you should sit with your investment advisor, and review their past performance and possibly reevaluate your goals and strategies for the coming 12 months. Others argue that it’s better to do this every quarter. No matter the frequency, review your portfolio and make sure your mix of investments hasn't moved away from your original goals. This is also a great opportunity to decide what to sell and what to invest in to regain balance and continue growth.
There is a risk factor in any investment. According to FINRA, even conservative, insured investments such as certificates of deposit (CDs) issued by a bank or credit union, come with inflation risk. They may not earn enough over time to keep pace with the increasing cost of living. The markets can become volatile from time to time. To sidestep the potential falls of any financial venture, it may be a good idea to spread your money across several investment categories, from stocks to bonds to real estate. Even further, you could diversify within categories. Diversification spreads risk and guards against a decline in any one investment.
Investors are known to experience fear, and according to studies, that fear is less about the loss of investment dollars and more about the fear of missing out on opportunities. Fear can cause investors to make mistakes. Euphoria can cause just as many missteps. But by investing the same amount in the same investments on a regular basis, dollar-cost averaging takes emotion out of the equation.
Don’t gamble with your future, especially when it comes to investing. The stock market should make for interesting dinner conversation, not life or death when it comes to your money. A sensible middle ground of investing might be a way to do that. Find a financial advisor who doesn’t chase investment rainbows but rather pursues fundamental investment principles, regardless of market conditions.
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