Managing risk is more important than maximizing gains. We believe you should never invest in anything that you are uncomfortable with or that you don’t understand. While we would prefer to live in a world without risk, this preference simply does not conform to the real world. Therefore, we use risk management techniques and tools to reduce the following risks.
Investing Requires CareUnderstanding Diversification
Diversification means that you create an investment portfolio that attempts to reduce risk by using multiple types of investments and investing in more than one company, and within more than one industry.
With a diversified portfolio, when one industry or company fails or takes a large hit; the rest of your investments should be strong enough to weather the storm and help minimize the effects of the loss. Diversification reduces your overall risk. On the other hand, if all of your money was invested into the stock of a single company and the company doesn’t succeed, your investment portfolio and net worth is going to take a huge hit and decrease alongside the value of the stock. Additionally, if you invest in multiple companies that are all within the same new technology sector and that particular technology doesn’t take off- your pocket will feel the pain of a failed technology and you may lose your investments!
Retirement Planning is a Form of Financial PlanningCreate a budget - and stick to it. Make a note of your spending habits over the course of a month. Track where every penny goes so you can figure out where you need to cut back. Once your budget is set for the month, if you find you spend less than planned, use the extra money to pay down your debt.
The first step in managing your personal finance is to pay down your debt. Debt carries interest, and the longer you hold on to debt, the more interest you will have to pay. You may also pay penaties if payments are overdue. So to rein in the runaway interests, pay off your debts as soon as possible. When you have done that, then you can start saving.
Keep your credit card receipts and compare them to your credit card bill each month. This allows you to spot any errors or fraudulent purchases before too much time has elapsed. The sooner you deal with problems, the sooner they are corrected and the less likely that they will have a negative impact on your credit score.