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The Art of Investing: #8 Quick Tips

Updated: Jan 29

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Hey there, aspiring experts in the field of finance! Buckle up for a voyage into the world of investment. It is not only a playground for those who are already at the top of their game, rather, it is a field that is filled with potential for everyone, including you. Here are 8 quick tips to get you going!

#1 Start with a Plan, Not Just a Piggy Bank

Making a financial plan is similar to planning a trip. Having a map and a clear idea of your destination is key. Imagine wanting to retire early. Then it's a good idea to calculate the savings and investment that you'll need to turn this new dream into reality.

Or maybe you have buying your dream house in mind, then saving for a downpayment on your home is the next step. Make a timetable and a goal amount for yourself. Getting clear on your goal and creating a plan transforms hazy aspirations into achievable goals.

Imagine that you have ten years from now and you want to purchase a home. You have determined that a down payment of $50,000 is required. Assuming an average yearly return of 7%, you determine that you need to save and invest around $400 each month. This is determined by careful planning.

#2 Budgets Are Boring But Brilliant

Budgeting is the hidden hero of financial achievement and the secret to success. Your grasp of your money flow, including your income and spending, is essential.

Your expenses should be broken down into four categories: needs, indulgences, savings, and investments. This work may be made less laborious with the use of tools such as budgeting apps (EveryDollar, YNAB, etc.).

As an example, you discover that you spend $200 on eating out each month after doing an analysis of your monthly costs. $100 may be added to your investing pot if you cut this in half. Small adjustments may have a significant effect!

#3 Diversification: Don’t Put All Your Eggs in One Basket

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The practice of diversification helps to lower risk. It's not such a good idea to invest in just one kind of stock or asset, ideally, you would look into spreading out your investments over several different asset classes and industries. Imagine it as a safety net for yourself. So when one industry is going through a bit of a rough patch, the other industries could be stable and keep your portfolio balanced.

Diversification is a very important part of a solid investment plan. Divide your money by investing in a combination of assets, for example, look into stocks, bonds, and real estate.

Real estate can be a great addition to your stock because it may keep its value or even go up. This is especially true when the tech market is unstable.

Geopolitical Diversification

Diversification in investing is more than just choosing different types of assets; it also includes things like global situations. Recent events around the world, such as the financial effects on investors from the war in Russia or the ongoing chaos in China's real estate market, have shown how important this method is.

Spreading your money around in different global markets is called geopolitical diversification. This way, you can lower the risks that come with political and economic instability in different countries. When you buy in different areas, like Europe, Asia, or emerging markets, you're not just relying on the economic health or security of one country. This protects you from changes and crises in one region's markets.

#4 Riding the Market Rollercoaster

The stock market is naturally volatile, sometimes known as a rollercoaster. It is essential to refrain from reacting impulsively to swings that are just temporary. You shouldn't be in a hurry to sell your assets if their value goes down. This is a normal part of the trading cycle. Don't forget that this will last a long time.

When the market dropped down in 2008, a lot of buyers got scared and sold their stocks and in the years that followed, the market recovered and reached all-time highs. Those who did not sell their assets most likely came out ahead financially.

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#5 Knowledge is Power, But No PhD Needed

You don't need a doctorate to have power, but knowledge is power.

You should make it a priority to stay educated and cultivate your financial literacy when it comes to investing, it will also help with being overwhelmed.

Follow credible sources of financial news, familiarize yourself with fundamental investing concepts, and educate yourself on the various investment options available. On the other hand, you should avoid reading too much into every item of news or market forecast.

Get investment podcasts or sign up for financial emails. For example, if you know the basics of how interest rates affect the stock market, you can make better business choices.

#6 Automation Is Your Friend

Use technology to your advantage in order to expand. Transfers that are made automatically to your investment accounts reduce the possibility of missing a month's payment.

You can also use the dollar-cost averaging (automatic investment strategy). Your stock buys are automated, on a fixed schedule, it could be every week, bi-weekly or monthly. The same dollar amount of an investment will be purchased on a regular basis, no matter the current price of the asset.

You could also set up your Individual Retirement Account (IRA) to receive a $200 payment every month. Because interest adds to itself over time, this steady investment could see huge growth over time.

#7 Review, Reflect, Repeat

Regularly look over your investment account, and don't forget to read, think about, and repeat the process.

How likely is it that you will reach your goals?

Should you adjust your investments because of things happening in the outside world, like getting a new job or the economy changing?

It's not necessary to review your portfolio every day. Reviews every three or six months are usually enough.

For example, when you do your yearly review, you find that the growth of your stocks has been much higher than the growth of your bond investments after a yearly review. You can adjust your portfolio by buying more bonds and selling some stocks if you want to keep the level of risk you want to keep.

#8 Embrace Patience: The Virtue of Long-term Investing

Especially when it comes to investing, patience is a virtue in this world of instant gratification. Your investments need time to grow, similar to the process of aging good wine or delicious cheese. The market will go up and down, but over the long term, it has always been going up. So, don't change your investments all the time or get out of them as soon as you see a fall coming.

Think about the story of an investor who didn't react to short-term changes in the market. Instead, they stayed involved in a diverse portfolio for many years. Despite a few market drops, they were patient, and it paid off as their stock grew a lot thanks to the power of compounding and the market's rebound.

Keep in mind that staying in the market for the long haul is more important than trying to time it. For long-term financial success, you need to be patient. Patience can turn good decisions into great ones.

Fun Fact - The Best Investors Are Dead Investors

Did you know the best investors, according to a Fidelity study, might just be the ones who are no longer actively managing their portfolios? Over a decade, the top performers were deceased clients, followed by those who forgot about their investments!

'...much of the reason living investors under-perform their less ‘active’ counterparts is that the latter can’t be affected by all the cognitive and emotional biases the former are subject to....'

This shows a very important lesson about investing: to be successful, you should usually be patient and think about the long term, instead of responding to market changes or bad news. It turns out that you can do better with your money if you stay calm and steady and fight the desire to make hasty choices based on short-term events.

Art of Investing: The Last Stroke of the Brush!

Keep in mind that investing is a combination of art and science. Combining your knowledge with your own financial goals is the key to success. Take baby steps, maintain consistency, and make adjustments as you go. In addition, keep in mind that every great artist started out as a novice... Your financial masterpiece is waiting for you!

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