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Investors can never be confident about what the market will do at any time and should not put all their investment eggs in one basket.
Diversification is the idea that a variety of investments will give a higher return while lowering the risk. The best time to practice disciplined investing with a diverse portfolio is before it becomes necessary, not as a knee-jerk reaction.
Don't put all your money in one stock or sector. Instead, consider creating your own virtual mutual fund by investing in some companies you know and trust or use in your life. You can also invest in exchange-traded funds (ETFs), commodities, and real estate investment trusts (REITs).
Ensure to keep to a manageable portfolio that you can keep up with. Try limiting yourself to about 20-30 different investments.
Consider adding index funds or fixed-income funds. These funds often have low fees.
A potential drawback of index funds is that they are managed passively. Active management can be beneficial in fixed income markets during difficult economic periods.
Add to your investments routinely. Use dollar-cost averaging to help smooth out the peaks and valleys from a volatile market.
With dollar-cost averaging, you invest money to a specified portfolio of securities and buy more shares when prices are low and less when prices are high.
A good strategy is buying and holding and dollar-cost averaging.
Staying up-to-date with your investments and changes in overall market conditions will enable you to tell when to cut your losses and move to another investment.
Fees can eat away at your bottom line, and therefore you should know what you are getting for the fees you pay.
Some firms charge a monthly fee and others transactional fees. The cheapest choice is not always the best.
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