How to make sound financial investments

Nowadays, the importance of making sound financial investments cannot be overemphasized for several reasons – the volatile market in the wake of the global recession, the delay of retirement for many individuals for financial purposes, and the stagnant unemployment rate, for example. Suffice it to say that the smarter your decisions regarding your investments, the better your economic welfare can be in the present and future.

Simplify Your Decisions

Admittedly, market investments like stocks, bonds and futures demand careful financial analysis considering that these have substantial monetary consequences – either you earn or loss money by the thousands of dollars from every transaction. But why complicate your decision-making process when you can simplify it?

  • Do your research on the investment before making your action regardless of whether you are selling or buying financial investments. Consider the effects on your portfolio as well as on your overall investment plan.
  • Set limits on your greed by always adopting an exit strategy. If you have set losses for the transaction at a thousand dollars, then sell at the appropriate point instead of waiting for the market to improve; otherwise, your losses can double.
  • Focus on your end goal. For example, if you want to be conservative about your retirement plan, then you should avoid making risky investments like futures and focus on bank savings,retirement plans, and health insurance instead.

If you are new to the financial investments game, then you may want to consider hiring a financial adviser. You should then be able to pick his brain, so to speak, for smart investment decisions.

Diversify Your Portfolio

The adage about avoidance of putting all of your eggs in one basket makes financial sense – when your single investment falls through, you will have little to no fallback.

  • Look at your portfolio and decide whether it addresses your requirements in investments. Your preferences in portfolio content will depend on your investment goals, market outlook, and risk tolerance.
  • Start diversifying your portfolio. You may want an allocation of 50% stocks, 30% bonds,and 20% cash for starters but when you find that the market for stocks is on the rise, you may decide to increase it to 60% stocks and equal shares for stocks and cash.

Simplify your decision-making process by adopting a plan and then diversify your portfolio by following said plan – this is one of the best pieces of advice when it comes to financial investments!

About the Author

Charl Oosthuizen
Independent Financial Advisor / Onafhanklike Finasiële Adviseur Ultrafin Finansiële Oplossings (Edms) Bpk / Financial Solutions (Pty) Ltd FSP 35757 Cell: 083 377 1441 | Fax: 086 617 8137 | Tel: 086 111 4602 Besturende Direkteur. Charl is sedert 1990 betrokke by versekring. Verantwoordelik vir oorhoofse bestuur van maatskappy, met spesifieke fokus op die Kort Termyn Afdeling as ‘n boer in murg en been lê die landbou vir Charl baie na aan die hart. Dus vorm Agri Versekring en gepaardgaande NIS produkte ‘n belangrike deel van Ultrafin se Potefeulje.

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