As we near the end of the year, the markets have performed reasonably well with the exception of a few blips.
This is in spite of various geopolitical events that have happened this year.
And when it comes to the markets, nobody knows with certainty what will happen in the future.
So what's the best way to prepare your portfolio for what could lie ahead?
Let's take a closer look…
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Your primary goal when you invest is to make money. But if you take on too much risk when you invest, you're putting that goal at risk.
So what can you do to reduce the risk you take on when you invest?
Read on to uncover four strategies to help you…
Why reducing your investment risk is so important
If you take on huge amounts of risk when you invest, your money is much more vulne... ››› more
What makes a successful investor? It's not about luck or about a particular skill in finance - it's a set of traits that can be cultivated by most people.
A successful investor thinks long-term
Clever investors don’t focus on short-term profits, but on long-term results. When you invest, always think in terms of years, not weeks or months.
A successful investor focuses on diversifica... ››› more
Profitable investing all comes down to controlling risk. If you can take steps to control your risk, you're halfway there to having a winning investment portfolio.
So what steps can you take to risk-proof your portfolio?
Read on to uncover three different ways…
Three ways to reduce the risk of your investment portfolio
Strategy #1 to risk-proof your portfolio: Understand what yo... ››› more
When the stock market takes a sharp dip, it's a natural response to want to sell your investments. Fear drives panic.
So what should you do when the market is volatile?
Read on to find out how to deal with it…
What you could do when the stock market dips
You have four basic options during a stock market correction. You can:
Go short; or
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There are investors who take advantages of suppressed sectors of the stock market. Instead of following the investment crowd and avoiding hated sectors, the contrarian investor buys or holds on whilst other investors are selling.
This is exactly what is going on in the resource sector at the moment.
So how can you apply the principles of contrarian investing to your strategy?
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Contrarian investors look to unloved sectors and shares on the stock market. Those that other investors hate and are ignoring.
With the hint of a recovery, they jump in to ride the price higher.
So if you're a contrarian investor, which sectors should you be looking at today?
Let's take a closer look…
Contrarian investing has the potential to make you staggering profits
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Momentum investing involves buying into shares on an upward trend.
Your aim is find shares that are on the up, buy them in the hope the upward trend continues then sell at a profit.
But momentum investing is risky. And it can also cost you, not just in losses.
So what are the pros and cons of momentum investing?
Let's take a closer look…
How to be successful at momentum investi... ››› more
Investors are always on the lookout for investment strategies to help them make money on the stock market.
One popular strategy is buy low and sell high, otherwise known as value investing. This works on the premise of finding cheap, unpopular shares that the market is ignoring. You buy and wait for everyone else to catch on.
Yet there's another strategy that's proving profitable. But some i... ››› more
Investing for the long-term gives you the best chance of beating the stock market's returns.
Driving many investors' decisions is short-term ups and downs in the market. But if you invest for the long-term, your portfolio should benefit too.
So what should you look at when investing for the long-term?
Read on to find out…
The stocks to focus on for the long-term
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Chief executive officers (CEOs) are at the helm of companies. Their job is to steer the company in the right direction and ensure the company's living up to its full potential.
CEOs play an important role in companies. So how can you try to pinpoint the best CEOs?
If you can uncover the best CEOs, surely the companies they work for will be good investments?
Read on to uncover an unconvent... ››› more
If someone asked you to mention a highly successful investor, chances are Warren Buffett would be at the top of your list. Warren Buffett's investments have consistently performed on the stock market for over five decades.
The sad fact is many investors won't see a fraction of his success. And that's because they're not letting their investments work for them.
So how can you make money on th... ››› more
You may think that making money in the stock market all comes down to investing in the right shares. If you invest in too many losers, you'll be worse off as a result.
A recent study shows that this is in fact not the case. Your losers can outweigh your winners and you can still bank healthy profits.
So how can you do this with your portfolio? It all comes down to risk management and knowing... ››› more
When the stock market crashed following the financial crisis in 2008, it left many investors licking their wounds. Lots of money just disappeared in a matter of days.
So what can you do to protect your portfolio from another crash? You could just sell all your stocks now. But this means you'll miss out on any rallies.
You need some portfolio insurance.
Read on to find out more…
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Last week, markets across the world were extremely volatile. Concerns over growth of the world's economy dented investor confidence. The swings on the market were hard to keep up with.
It's when the markets are like this that risk management becomes ever more important. When markets are trending upwards, it's easy to forget about vital strategies such as stop losses.
So why are stop losses s... ››› more
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