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By Kirtland Financial Services
When you first considered investing, it probably seemed like a good idea to focus heavily on what worked best for you from the beginning. If stocks from a particular company brought you high yields, why not double up on your original investment? The answer is diversification. It may seem counterintuitive, but diversification is a fundamental aspect of risk management, and plays a critical role in building an investment portfolio.
Effective diversification requires more than just purchasing a random bundle of investments. Otherwise, your investment may all move in the same direction in both up and down markets. Instead, investors might want to consider selecting securities that do not all move in correlation to each other. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission advises investors to diversify1 by asset category and within the asset category.
Asset allocation is the practice of dividing up your investment capital among different asset categories. This covers three main asset classes: stocks, bonds and cash. Some financial advisors consider this separate from diversification. Even so, the fundamental principle is the same and can be used in tandem with company-specific or industry-specific diversification.
While asset allocation may help to manage market risk, it does not provide a guarantee against market losses. It seeks to provide a cushion against market volatility2.
When it comes to diversifying within asset categories, financial advisors focus on spreading out stock among different types of companies. There are also different types of bonds to consider.
Yes, the portfolio may, at times, yield lower returns than those from investors who decide to specialize.
So, what steps can you follow to manage risk, especially as you draw closer to retirement? Here are a few tips to consider:
Overall, your general appetite for risk determines how best to diversify your investments. Contact Kirtland Financial Services for more information on how to strike the right portfolio balance.
There is no guarantee that a diversified portfolio will enhance overall returns or outperform a non-diversified portfolio. Diversification does not protect against market risk.
This material was prepared by LPL Financial, LLC.