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New research shows that more than 50 per cent of Australians are financially stressed—that’s more than one in two people.  This type of stress has negative consequences on the well-being of people in different degrees. More women have been found to feel its impact (90 per cent) compared to men (77 per cent). These can be attributed to several factors: shame that comes with debt, poor financial planning, and an overall lack of understanding of one’s financial situation.

Stressing out about one’s investments can also be a factor since investors are likely to worry about their portfolio.

In many instances, though, the problem doesn’t lie in the actual investments; it’s in the investor.

An individual’s behaviour can sabotage portfolio by committing investing mistakes.

Learning experience

Making mistakes is normal. They can happen to experienced investors. The great thing about it is mistakes can be a breeding ground for learning. But while mistakes are impossible to avoid, one can minimise errors by performing due diligence—conducting research or—getting professional investment advice.

Investment mistakes to avoid

Risk profile that doesn’t reflect the investment

Each investor must have a strategy that matches both their wealth building goals AND their tolerance for risk. An investor with a high-risk profile could be a disaster waiting to happen.

You can avoid this by consulting with a professional when developing a sound strategy that reflects your needs and circumstances.

Not reviewing asset allocation

It’s vital to review asset allocation at least annually. Performing regular reviews of the portfolio balance will ensure it meets goals.

There must be a balance across asset classes. Take profits on investments that perform well and cut your losses. Make sure that you also include this as part of your tax strategy to manage potential capital gains and losses.

Excessive trading

Investors without the expertise and knowledge of a professional can run the risk of trading excessively as a result of the enormous data available. This can be problematic if not done with caution because it can result to tax consequences.

Poor record keeping skills

This can result to unwanted fees and penalties from miscalculations and late lodgement of notices, not to mention the legal consequences.

There are tons of portfolio management software available that will help you be on top of record keeping so take advantage of those.

Giving up full responsibility of investments

Remember that at the end of the day, it is still your money. It’s your responsibility to make investment decisions. Of course, you should factor in the smart advice of your adviser, but it’s still going to be your call.

Giving up full control to your adviser and not having any idea about what’s going on can be a recipe for disaster, especially if you end up with one who’s not right for you.

When investment stress kicks in

Investors are bound to worry. At some point, they will become anxious about their portfolio—what’s performing, what’s not, are there any changes need or is there even a need to change anything at all, etc.

  • Understand that volatility is normal and there’s no need to panic as levels of volatility can vary.
  • Set goals and review them regularly
  • Have a positive attitude
  • Be proactive and always be on the lookout for opportunities
  • Do not chase the next “big thing” and stick to the current strategy
  • Find a good advisor you are comfortable with

Do you want to be more confident with your investing decisions?

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