AN INVESTOR’S BEST FRIENDSSubmitted by Covenant Financial Advisors on November 4th, 2016
Meet diversification, patience and consistency.
Provided by Neal D. Clemens, CLU, ChFC
Any investor would do well to call on three friends during the course of his or her financial life: diversification, patience and consistency. Regardless of how the markets perform, they should be a part of your investment philosophy.
Diversification. The saying “don’t put all your eggs in one basket” has real value when it comes to investing. In a bear market, certain asset classes may perform better than others. Ditto for a bull market. If your assets are mostly held in one kind of investment (for example, mostly in mutual funds, or mostly in CDs or money market accounts), you could be hit hard by stock market losses, or alternately lose out on potential gains that other kinds of investments may be experiencing. So there is an opportunity cost as well as risk.
This is why asset allocation strategies are used in portfolio management. A financial advisor can ask you about your goals and tolerance for risk, explain the pros and cons of each asset class, and assign percentages of your assets to different classes of investments. This diversification is designed to suit your preferred investment style and your objectives.
Patience. Impatient investors obsess on the day-to-day doings of the stock market. Have you ever heard of “stock picking” or “market timing”? These are attempts to exploit short-term fluctuations in value. These investing methods might seem fun and exciting if you like to micromanage, but they may add stress and anxiety to your life; and, in general, it is more prudent to have a long-range investment strategy built around your life goals.
Consistency. Most people invest a little at a time, within their budget, and with regularity. They invest $50 or $100 or more per month in their 401(k) and similar investments through payroll deduction or automatic withdrawal. In essence, they are investing on “autopilot” to help themselves build wealth for retirement and for long-range goals. Investing regularly (and earlier in life) helps you to take advantage of the power of compounding as well.
Are diversification, patience and consistency part of your investing approach? Make sure they are. If you don’t have a long-range investment strategy, talk to a qualified financial advisor today.
Neal D. Clemens, CLU, ChFC is a Representative with USA Financial Securities and may be reached by e-mail at Neall@GetCovenant.com, by phone at 330-852-7800 or through his web site at www.GetCovenant.com.
SM- All Investments entail risk, and performance is NOT guaranteed.
Neal D. Clemens, CLU, ChFC is an investment adviser representative of, and securities and advisory services are offered through, USA Financial Securities Corp. (Member FINRA/SIPC). USA Financial Securities is a registered investment adviser located at 6020 E Fulton St., Ada, MI 49301. Covenant Financial Advisors is not owned, controlled, or affiliated with USA Financial Securities.
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Diversification and asset allocation strategies do not assure profit or protect against loss. Past performance is no guarantee of future results. Investing involves risk. Depending on the types of investments, there may be varying degrees of risk. Investors should be prepared to bear loss, including total loss of principal.