Remember the saying “don’t put all of your eggs in one basket”? The same piece of advice goes for investments. It’s important when investing to spread out your money across many different investment types. Let’s say you put all your savings into one stock. If it performs well, you’ll make a lot of money, but if it performs poorly, you’ll lose a lot too. Individual stocks may carry more frequent market volatility, which is why many won’t feel comfortable with making stocks their only investment choice. On the contrary, let’s say you put all your savings into more stable investments that gain a relatively minimal amount of interest over time like a GIC or term deposit. Over the years your dollar may be subject to inflation, where the same dollar could buy fewer goods and services over time due to price inflation. Every investment will likely experience ups and downs throughout your lifetime. Therefore, appropriate asset allocation and diversification will help offset volatility.
Diversification is used to reduce the impact of low performance of any one security on your entire portfolio by combining a variety of investment types within a portfolio. At some point in your investment journey, you’ve probably heard the terms equities, fixed income, hedge funds, private equity, or alternative assets. These are investment types that you can spread your money across to help balance out volatility. As a measure to protect your investments during your investment journey, investors diversify portfolios using these investment types to improve your returns. Diversification is one of the most common techniques that can help you balance your asset allocation and reach your long-term financial goals.
Diversifying your portfolio isn’t as complicated as it sounds. There are several steps you can take to create a diversified portfolio with your Wealth Advisor. Here are five types of investments that can be used for diversification:
While there is no silver bullet, the key to investing is establishing an investment strategy that evens out potential losses in a bear market, a time when the market experiences prolonged price declines, and earns in a bull market, when prices are rising or are expected to rise.
Furthermore, money for your short-term goals and long-term goals should be invested differently. The longer your time frame, the more flexible you can be with your investment capital and investment portfolio. The shorter your investment timeframe, the more pointed you want to be during that investment window.
Diversification is a key technique used to weather ups and downs, as well as bear and bull markets. Balancing your investment portfolio is all about maintaining appropriate asset allocation to see you through lows and benefit from highs. In any case, you can avoid costly mistakes by adopting an investment strategy that you can handle and feel comfortable with.
Diversifying your investments doesn’t mean you need to diversify the advice you receive or the financial institutions you bank with. Consider consolidating your investment accounts with one advisor. There are many advantages to this, including helping you save time, money and fees during tax season, but also to ensure that your investment plan is pointed and straight-forward.
Having one advisor results in a more in depth understanding of your current situation, and a well-informed view to help you develop a customized plan that reflects your objectives and matches your goals. The most valuable advice comes from a certified Wealth Management expert with the accreditations you can trust to help you through the process.
Building a strong and well-diversified portfolio that’s ready for the long haul takes commitment and planning. When done with a Wealth Management expert, you can ensure you’re spread out across many investment types without being spread too much in one area or too thin in another. Talk to an advisor to discover how you can diversify your investment portfolio.
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