Think long term – Ignore day to day volatility. If you were measuring the miles in a trip to Albany, would you use a ruler or your car’s odometer? If your investment goal is many years away, don’t use a ruler (day to day market fluctuations) to measure your financial journey.
Don’t make impulsive decisions – If your investment goals are more than 10 years away, reflect over your decision before acting.
Don’t listen to pundits – When the markets get volatile, we try to find somebody who you hope knows what’s going on. The truth is, nobody does.
Stick to your plan – When times get rocky, refer to it to help you stay on course. Volatility doesn’t mean that much – If you don’t need to sell your stocks for spending money, then volatility has no consequence.
Diversify properly – A properly diversified portfolio will achieve your investment goals with less volatility without sacrificing returns. Don’t focus on the parts that lost money; look at the whole picture.
|Go automatic – Utilize
automatic deposit programs to take advantage of market volatility through
dollar cost averaging.
Manage your expectations – Historically, stocks have averaged 11% return
Choose the right vehicle – Properly split your investments between taxable and non-taxable accounts to avoid unnecessary taxes and increase your flexibility.
A financial advisor would design an investment strategy that will achieve your goals while taking into consideration your attitudes toward risk, historical returns, investment horizon, asset allocation requirements and myriad other factors. A financial plan gives you the peace of mind and a disciplined strategy; benefits well worth the time and thought in putting one together with your advisor
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