David Lerner Associates: Deadly Investment Mistakes
Making investment mistakes can be very costly for obvious reasons, and so they should be avoided if possible. Workers and retirees have been shouldered with an increased burden of taking personal responsibility for their own retirement and savings.
This means that there is an increased need for economic know-how. But according to studies, financial illiteracy is something that is quite common, where many households are unfamiliar with even the most basic economic concepts required for making sensible savings or investment decisions.
Here are some “deadly investment sins” that should be avoided:
Not investing in financial education
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Diversification is an excellent risk management tool but only when used intelligently. For example, when diversifying a stock portfolio, you may want to consider non-related markets like gold, gold stocks, real estate, bonds, commodities, and other assets that exhibit low or opposing risk profiles.
Past vs. future
The past is not always the best measure of what is to come, especially in a volatile market where speculators can barely predict what will happen tomorrow let alone what might happen over the course of a coming year.
In short, the investment advice you receive about long-term probabilities and average returns may have little or no relevance to the actual results you get. Don’t make the mistake of basing your investment plan on historical average returns.
Not having a plan
Investing is a good thing. Investing without a plan is tantamount to throwing money against a wall and hoping that it will come back to you with profitable returns.
Never invest on “hot tips,” rumors, conjecture, or other mumbo jumbo. None of these approaches, despite their popularity in the gambling get-rich-quick mindset of some investors, actually qualifies as a well thought out and intelligent investment plan.
Consult with an expert advisor, and formulate a plan that aligns with your personal and financial goals.
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