It’s no secret that stock market volatility and high interest rates are among the most painful parts of life.
But what if that pain doesn’t have to be your sole concern?
A new book out today from the Financial Advisor Institute (FII), The Wealth Management Toolkit: How to Buy the Best Stock for You, could give you a better understanding of how to navigate your stock portfolio for the long term.
The book’s authors, former investment managers who worked for many years in high-frequency trading and have extensive experience with trading for large clients, say that it’s essential to understand the full range of risks associated with buying and selling stocks, especially if you’re looking to maximize returns and diversify your portfolio.
“Investors are concerned about volatility and short-termism, but in order to buy or sell stocks, you need to understand how the market works and the potential for volatility,” said FII chief executive officer Dan Peddie.
“If you don’t understand this, you may end up with a portfolio that is in bad shape.”
To understand the risk associated with investing in stocks, consider the following examples.
First, you might be a young person who is looking to buy a stock or two and then decide to sell it a couple of years later.
That may be the best time to buy because you’re likely to be more profitable as a stock trader.
But if you sell at a lower price or buy at a higher price, you’re more likely to miss out on future profits.
A more traditional stock market strategy might be to take advantage of the market’s volatility and buy a large number of stocks at once, in order buy a position in the future when prices fall, and then sell at the end of the year when they rise.
The same thing could be done with mutual funds, which are typically structured like stocks, but the mutual funds themselves are often less volatile and are subject to higher risk than stocks.
Second, you’ve got a family member or friend who has invested in a large, diversified portfolio.
If you’re willing to take on risk, you could consider a portfolio of stocks that are underperforming, or that you’re sure are going to be profitable in the long run.
You may also want to look at ETFs or other investment vehicles that offer exposure to certain industries, such as tech, or are subject only to certain rules and regulations.
And lastly, you can look at the impact of stock price movements on your wealth.
For example, if a stock market rally has a strong correlation to a lower mortgage interest rate, that could mean that you’ve already saved enough money for retirement, which could benefit your retirement savings and also help offset the loss you might incur if interest rates rise.
In addition, many investors may be worried about the future.
“There are a lot of stocks in the market that you may not want to own,” Peddies said.
“For example, we have a big number of mutual funds that are highly correlated to inflation.”
For more on this topic, read: How the stock market is driving the stock bubble and why it matters to the FIIThe FII authors said that a key takeaway from their research is that diversifying your portfolio can help minimize your impact on the stock markets and reduce the risk of falling into a deep financial hole.
“We think diversification is the number one way to minimize your risk,” Piddies said in an interview with CNBC.
“It’s a good idea to have at least $50,000 in your portfolio in order for you to have a good chance of staying solvent, but that’s not enough to get into a diversified market.”
The authors say that diversification should include a variety of asset classes, including fixed income, cash, and equities.
And, for those of you who have a portfolio consisting of stocks, they recommend that you diversify into more diversified financial instruments.
“In addition to diversifying by asset class, you should diversify by type of portfolio, such that you don�t have all of your investments in a single type of investment,” said Peddis.
“You need to consider whether the market will respond in the same way that stocks will, and also whether you should invest in more of a long-term or short-run position.”
For example: The FII suggests that people invest in a long run because it can provide you with a steady income over the long-run, and to offset the potential loss from the market crash.
If, on the other hand, you don?t invest in the short-lived stocks, it could mean a higher tax bill in the years ahead, Peddes said.
The authors also emphasize that there are many different types of stocks available, and it’s not uncommon for investors to purchase more than one type of stock at a time.
For instance, a stock in the tech sector could be considered a good investment, but a stock that is considered