With thousands of stocks, mutual funds, bonds, annuities and insurance products to choose from, it's easy to become overwhelmed when creating or adding to a portfolio. The good news? An important landmark study—which has never been disproved—shows that asset allocation, not stock picking is the most important aspect of successful investing.
Here are a few wealth-building ideas from financial experts:
Protect what you have with life insurance.
Pay off high-interest consumer debt first—it's your best investment.
Don't purchase an investment you don't understand.
Diversify—put your money in different vehicles that perform well under differing marketing conditions and are subject to different types and degrees of risk.
Classify your investments into short-term (money you'll need in less than five years) and long-term, and choose appropriate investment vehicles for each investment timeframe.
Don't try to time the market. For long-term investments, develop the philosophy of "buy and hold."
Set up an automatic investment program and enjoy two major benefits. First, you won't have to make a conscious decision to invest, and second, you take advantage of dollar cost averaging, which means that your monthly fixed dollar investment purchases more shares when fund share prices are low.
Learn how each of your investments works with each other.
Don't follow the herd. Resist buying an investment because everyone is talking about its stunning rise. Its next move may be downward.
- Try to keep investment expenses down and don't ignore the tax consequences of your investments.
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