Changing course: how to steer your career in a new direction
Falling out of love with your career? Perhaps it’s time for an about-face.
Like any major financial decision, it’s best to take your time and really consider all your options rather than acting hastily. For instance, there may be other ways you can minimise the impact of market movements by restructuring your investments or adjusting your portfolio.
Here are 5 questions to ask yourself so you can keep your long-term investment goals on track – even when markets take a downturn.
Almost every investment comes with some level of risk – and generally speaking, the greater the risk, the higher the potential returns. So first of all, think about how comfortable you are with short-term market fluctuations, which can impact the face value of your investments. And remember, your comfort level may change as you move through different life stages.
For instance, if retirement is still a long way off, you might choose to invest heavily in growth assets, as you have a longer timeframe to ride out any dips in the market and generate returns over the long term. On the other hand, if you’re approaching retirement, you may be more conservative in your investment approach so you can protect the wealth you’ve already accumulated.
For many of us, our investments tend to be something we set and forget. But it’s worth revisiting your investment strategy from time to time – and not just when markets move significantly. That way, you’ll be better prepared when markets drop.
With the help of your financial adviser, you can ensure you have the right mix of assets for your investment timeframe and risk profile. Your adviser can also help monitor your investments through periods of increased market movements, so you can be confident that you’re on track towards meeting your financial goals.
Different investments fall into different asset classes, each with their own levels of risk and return. It’s worth understanding the basics about each one, so you can choose an investment mix that suits your financial circumstances and stage of life.
The main asset classes are:
Every market moves in cycles – so no matter which assets you hold, they’re bound to go through periods of downturn. To help offset dips in the market, consider investing in different industries and asset classes. This strategy is called diversification.
Each investment can perform differently under the same market conditions, so when the value of one falls, another may go up. While there are no guarantees that diversification will fully protect you against losses, spreading your capital across a range of investments can balance out the overall levels of risk and return in your portfolio.
If you’re nervous about investing in shares directly, there are alternatives available. One option is to invest in a managed fund, where you pool your money with other investors. Your combined capital can then allow you to invest in assets that might otherwise be out of reach to a sole investor. It can also help spread your risk exposure across a wider selection of investments.
There are many different types of managed funds, and they all usually focus on a specific investment objective. Each comes with its own risk profile and approach, so make sure you shop around to find one that best aligns with your investment strategy.
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