4 Smart Ways To Find Balance As An Investor

A wise person once said, “Aim to balance in all matters.” It would be wonderful if everything were perfect, but let’s begin with investing. It would support if you found the right balance between reward and risk. A portfolio that’s too risky could make you vulnerable to significant losses in a market downturn. Still, a portfolio that’s not risky enough might not see much growth over the long term. Your portfolio’s risk level should be appropriate for your goals, time frame, and investment objectives. As you search for the ideal balance, here are some things to consider.

1. Clear your goals.

Vanguard believes that clear goals are crucial to investing success. You can set big goals like saving for retirement, college, and a home purchase. Or, you can have small plans such as extra spending money at each month’s end. How soon you want them to be achieved will significantly impact the type of account you open and the risk of your investments.

2. You can set or reset your asset mix.

After you have set goals, your investment mix is the most crucial decision.

This determines how much investment risk you are taking–that all-important balance. There are three main asset classes that you can invest in: cash, bonds, or stocks. Your asset mix describes the percentage of your portfolio you decide to allocate to each.

Stocks are one of the riskiest investments. Therefore, a portfolio that contains 90% stocks and 10% bonds would have more risk than one with 60% stocks, 30% Bonds, and 10% Cash. A stock-heavy portfolio mix may be the best choice if you want your investments to grow. It is also good to shift towards cash and bonds when you are nearing your retirement age. As a self-portrait, your asset mix should reflect your current position on the timeline to your goals. It should also change as you live your life.

3. Be aware of costs.

Keep your investing costs low, so you have more money to invest in your accounts and earn more with compounding. Other fees could eat away at your earnings, which can cause you to lose balance. Let’s suppose you had $100,000 invested and that your account earned 6% per annum for the next 25-years. If there were no fees, the amount you would get is approximately $430,000. If you paid 2% each year for 25 years, however, you would only have $260,000

Let’s get to the bottom of it. You can avoid paying fees that add up. This will help you keep your investments on the right track.

4. Look long-term.

You can also find balance as an investment professional by following a disciplined, steady investing strategy. This means being long-term in managing your portfolio. Making a plan is key to success, even when you feel anxious.

Market swings are common. The greater picture can help to keep your heart beat steady, even during the market’s ups and downs. You have a better chance of reaching your long-term goals if you stick to your plan. Finding balance and patience is not an easy task, but it’s worth it.

If you’re just beginning to invest, the world of investing can seem overwhelming. We can help you find balance and ensure that you have all of the resources you need.

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Robert Scoble
Robert is the assistant managing editor for HC News, overseeing coverage of markets, companies, strategy and business leaders. Originally from Boston, Scoble began his journalism career in 1997 & now resides outside New York.

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