Handling Market Volatility
When the market seems to be a roller coaster, it might be hard to stay calm and keep your cool. But, there are many ways you can help yourself during these periods. Some of the ways to stay calm during crazy markets include: Having a Diversified Portfolio, Staying Focused On The Long Term, and Think And Analyze Before You React.
Don’t put your eggs all in one basket.
One thing that can help you during market fluctuations is to keep a diversified investment portfolio. One way to diversify your portfolio is through asset allocation. Asset allocation means to have your investments into separate classes. An example would be to have 60% stocks, 30% bonds and 10% in cash. One way to determine what asset allocation might be best for you, is to figure out how much risk you are willing to take. This Risk Tolerance Questionnaire is very short and simple and it helps to give you an understanding what sort of allocation might be best for you.
Focus on the long term.
It’s easy to stay focused on the day to day returns especially during a fluctuating market, but it’s best to try to keep your eyes on long term investing goals. You are the only one who can determine how much investment risk you can handle, but having a financial professional available to discuss current situations and your long term goal can help.
Look before you jump
When the market is down and your investments lose money, you may be tempted to pull out of the market and put your money into something more stable. This might be a good move for you, but only if it corresponds with your long term financial goals. Obviously losing money is not what any one wants, but, the market can bounce back. Your response to the market will depend on how many years you have to invest. If you’re retired or close to retirement, you might want to put your money into more safer accounts. If you are still in your 30s or 40s and have many years left to invest, then leaving the money in the market might not be a bad thing. Everyone’s situation is different.
Handling market volatility can be stressful but here are 11 Ways to Help Yourself Stay Sane in a Crazy Market. When the market is fluctuating, it helps to have someone you can talk to about your retirement accounts. Everyone is different and has a unique situation which is why it's important to have an advisor you can reach out to. No one likes to call a 1-800 number and talk to a different person every time about their accounts. We believe you need to have a personal relationship with an advisor that is able to discuss with you about your accounts any time you want. Reach out to Peter O’Brien today for more information and see how he can help you during a hectic market.