One of the most common reasons people give for refusing to invest in stocks and bonds is it reminds them too much of gambling.
After all, both are uncertain, involve risk and may result in a loss.
But avoiding financial markets for that reason is a bit like refusing to eat because it could potentially cause heartburn.
Like it or not, we all have to take risks in life.
If you’ve ever suffered a major financial loss, you know the last thing you want to hear is, “it’s only money.”
Because it’s not just money...
The emotional and physical effects of a major financial loss are similar to the grief you feel over the loss of a loved one, according to Aaron Bruhn, a lecturer at Australian National University.
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Continuing your investment in knowledge, the second part of The Value of Advice video series explores how to invest to achieve your financial goals.
Part of the answer lies in choosing the right asset allocation.
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Some investments in your portfolio perform really well.
They probably garner your best results and have great profit margins.
But they could be sitting there wasting away, even though they’ve already proven their worth, if your other investments are underperforming.
But all hope is not lost!
[Estimated reading time: 3 minutes - Read while rehydrating with an ice cold glass of water]In bear and bull markets, over longer time periods, index funds always perform better than their active alternatives.
This is because:
1. Index funds have lower expense ratios, and
2. They are passively managed, which removes the risk of human error.
Why then do we hear so many conflicting arguments from active fund managers, pundits and the financial press?
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Some years ago, two expats in the UAE decided to start investing, with the aim of a wealthy retirement.
Mark and James were very much alike:
Today, Mark and James are still very much alike in many ways.
But there’s a difference.
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If you want to get rich, you probably dream of finding the ideal money manager – someone who can peer into the future and know which stocks will sizzle and which won’t.
The market guru we all yearn for is omniscient, infallible, nearly god-like.
But would you actually be happy with such a flawless creature?
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In his best-selling guide to financial freedom, Unshakeable, Tony Robbins writes: “We all know that winter is coming, that the stock market will fall.”
And as the following insight from Millionaire Expat Andrew Hallam will show, winter may arrive sooner than any of us think.
Which really begs the question: how can we survive the inevitable downturn?