Asset Allocation and Risk Allocation
With current market instability, inflation, and rising interest rates, more people are becoming acutely aware of the risks of investing. Financial markets are commonly known for their up-and-down nature, also known as market risk. Some people go into the market with higher expectations than others, but those expectations often come with an equal amount of risk. Others have a lower tolerance for risk and are more comfortable with the possibility of lower returns. But, regardless of risk tolerance, a portfolio that’s ill-prepared to cope with volatility may experience some long-term consequences.
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For many, asset allocation is their preferred investment strategy for focusing on long-term investing and striving for a balance between mitigating risk and returns over time. This strategy is centered around choosing a mix of asset classes based on your profile, investment goals, risk tolerance, and timeline.
The belief is that, by choosing a mix of assets, the assets will counter-balance each other in hopes that the portfolio doesn’t tip too far in one direction. Balanced and diversified portfolios often have a mix of asset classes, like stocks, bonds, precious metals, real estate, and more - all with varying levels of correlation to each other.
Allocating for Risk
All investments are susceptible to risk; whether it’s market risk, inflation risk, interest rate risk, taxation, or liquidity risk. A comprehensive asset allocation strategy is as much about allocating risks as it is about allocating assets, and has the potential to mitigate the portfolio’s risk by offsetting the performance of various asset classes. Although asset allocation doesn’t guarantee your account will be protected against losses in a declining market, a properly allocated portfolio may be more stable during times of change and uncertainty because portions of the portfolio may respond more favorably in certain conditions.
Portfolios often require ongoing adjustments, also known as rebalancing. Different parts of your portfolio may under or outperform expectations and may become unbalanced based on the assumptions the allocation was based on. The only certainty about the market is that it’s uncertain and it will change, so it’s important to review your investment strategy with a financial professional regularly so your portfolio stays aligned with your needs and goals.
There are risks in investing such as the return and principal value which changes in the market condition.. Investments when sold, may be worth more or less than their original cost.\
The use of asset allocation and diversification as part of your investment strategy neither assures nor guarantees better performance and cannot protect against loss in declining markets.
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