When a major event hits the news, it's natural to wonder how it could impact you and your investments. Should you be concerned, or is your portfolio prepared for unexpected changes? If you're wondering whether to adjust your portfolio based on current events, speak with your financial planner first, as she may help determine what may be best for addressing your long-term financial goals.
When it comes to diversifying your investment portfolio, it’s important to evaluate all sides of the strategy before committing to one approach over another. While investment professionals often recommend the approach for its ability to reduce risk and volatility, it could also minimize the level of returns generated. When determining the extent to diversify your portfolio, consider your own personal investment objectives, preferred risk tolerance, and strategy options. As with any important financial decision, first make sure you consider both the advantages and disadvantages of each approach before making a final decision.
Pros of Diversifying Your Portfolio
As mentioned previously, reducing risk is one of the key reasons to diversify your portfolio. While risk can’t be eliminated entirely, diversifying your portfolio may help you manage your overall level of risk and minimize your chances of losing large sums of money over time. When you don’t diversify among asset classes, market risk (volatility) may become a bigger factor.
Along with reducing risk, diversification also allows you to hedge your portfolio, which is an automatic benefit of refraining from putting all your eggs in one basket. By investing in a variety of sectors, you spread out your chances of getting positive and negative returns, as opposed to purely negative.
An alternative to capital appreciation, capital preservation is another benefit of diversification. Instead of focusing on your rate of return, capital preservation is about protecting the money you already have. Because diversification involves investing in a variety of stocks, bonds, and mutual funds, it may make it easier to protect the wealth you’ve already saved and accumulated.
Cons of Diversifying Your Portfolio
While diversification sounds like a dream come true, there are disadvantages that accompany this popular investment approach. For example, when you diversify, you increase the chances of investing in lower-quality stocks, which may reduce your margin of safety. Similarly, the more stocks you must keep track of, the more likely you’ll fall behind on managing them, or at least being aware of where they stand.
What investors may not realize is that when you have too many assets in your portfolio, it essentially turns into an index fund, which can be invested on its own entirely to reduce transaction fees. When it comes to costs, transaction fees and high mutual fund fees may result in below-average returns.
Finding a Balance
When it comes to proper diversification, it’s important to allocate your money according to valuation and timeline (among other factors), not some overly hyped Wall Street formula or changes in the news. This may result in you holding onto your money when good deals aren’t necessarily ready and available. If you’re primarily concerned about over-diversification, it’s important to note that over-diversification can result when you’re investing in mutual funds and ETFs.
Before making your next move, check in with your financial planner to determine if any action needs to be taken on your part in response to these changes.
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