Topic: How To Invest

Investor Toolkit: 3 ways to stay out of trouble when you invest

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Every Wednesday, we publish our “Investor Toolkit” series on TSI Network. Whether you’re a beginning or experienced investor, these weekly updates are designed to give you specific advice on investment topics. Each Investor Toolkit update gives you a fundamental piece of investing strategy, and shows you how you can put it into practice right away.

Today’s tip: “If you follow these 3 tips, you will eliminate a lot of unnecessary risk from your investing.”

These 3 tips for lowering risk when you’re investing in stocks have long been a part of the advice we give you in our investment services and newsletters.

  • Tip #1 for lowering risk: Be skeptical of companies that mainly grow through acquisitions. Making acquisitions can speed up a company’s growth, but it also adds risk that can undermine a conservative, safe investing approach. Great acquisitions are rare finds. Many acquisitions come with hidden problems or risks, or they turn out to have been over-priced.

    Despite the risks, some acquisitions can be hugely profitable. So, don’t automatically discount companies that have grown through acquisitions. Just keep the risks in mind, and avoid companies that seem to push through acquisition indiscriminately, without taking into account the potential risks.
  • Tip #2 for lowering risk: Don’t overindulge in aggressive investments. Aggressive stocks can give you bigger gains than more conservative stocks. But they also expose you to a greater risk of loss. That’s why we recommend limiting your aggressive holdings to no more than about 30% of your overall portfolio.

    Ultimately, the percentage of your portfolio that should be held in either conservative or aggressive investments depends on your personal circumstances and risk tolerance. An investor with a longer time horizon or without the need for current income from a portfolio can invest more money in aggressive stocks.

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  • Tip #3 for lowering risk: Keep stock market trends in perspective. It pays to keep in mind that the stock market anticipates things, and no trend lasts forever. Stocks put on lengthy downturns due to business and economic problems. The downturns start going back up long before the problems get solved.


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Above all: Be a cautious optimist. Don’t let media sound bites and self-serving predictions warp your decisions when you’re investing in stocks. Instead, control your risk by following our three-part strategy: Invest mainly in well-established, dividend-paying companies; spread your money across most, if not all, of the five main economic sectors (Manufacturing & Industry, Resources & Commodities, Consumer, Finance and Utilities); and avoid stocks in the broker/media limelight.

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  • jrj90620

    You should have mentioned leverage.Margin debt can really warp your mind and negatively influence what you do.Also gets you into this short term mentality,that is so prevalent today.

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