1. Know the value of long-term low risk.
For every story you hear about someone getting rich quickly on cryptocurrency or flipping a condo in an up-and-coming neighborhood for massive gains, there are 10 other stories that have the opposite outcome. Short-term investments on a single commodity or stock are high-risk. If you’re playing the long game to plan for your future, slow and steady wins the race. Spread your stock portfolio across multiple industries, pay your mortgage down if you own your primary residence, and contribute to your retirement funds. This minimizes the risk of being financially tied to real estate only if the housing market dips, or to the stock market only if a recession occurs.
2. Diversify investments beyond money.
There are many different types of assets you can invest in. Diversifying investments involves having a range of where you invest and what you invest in. That could be currency, stocks, bonds, real estate, commodities, or a small business. But you should also invest in yourself through education, personal development, and life insurance. A good investment should provide a return in the future, but that doesn’t necessarily mean cash.
3. Put your retirement first.
It can be easy to get distracted or discouraged by messaging and charts about how much money you’re supposed to have saved for retirement at a certain age. Everyone is on a different track, so focus on yourself—but planning for retirement should be at the top of your investment priority list. If a retirement plan like a 401(k), is offered by your employer, take advantage of it. You can also set up your own Roth IRA. Choose a retirement savings vehicle that’s right for you and contribute an amount you can afford. And make sure you put your contributions toward your fund on an ongoing, long-term basis.
4. Expect the unexpected, and plan for it.
A million-and-one things can go wrong with investments. It’s impossible to know the future, and we’ve all seen how unforeseen events can completely disrupt the economy—from the stock market to real estate to taxes and interest rates. Diversifying investments will help keep your portfolio from taking too big of a hit when disruption and loss occur in one area because you will also be invested elsewhere. Your long-term investment plan should be structured on the reality that not all of your investments will pan out immediately, and a few may not pan out at all. So you’ll want to make up for any losses through other opportunities. Note that diversification does not assure a profit or protect against market loss. Also, purchase a life insurance policy that grows in cash value over time to protect your family during the working years, and have access to cash value to supplement your retirement income when you no longer need life insurance.
5. Always be willing to ask for help.
When considering how to diversify investments, good financial help and guidance are available. There are countless experts who specialize in personal finance and can provide you with the tools you need to make wise decisions. Take advantage of opportunities to learn from the right people. If you’re planning for retirement and want to learn more about life insurance solutions, connect with a New York Life financial professional to talk through your goals and come up with a protection strategy that aligns with your unique situation.
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