What is Asset Allocation?

Different buckets for asset allocation

What is Asset Allocation?

Different buckets for asset allocation

Different buckets for asset allocation

Asset allocation is an investment strategy that is used to choose among various asset classes such as stocks, bonds, commodities, foreign currencies, real estate, annuities and life insurance, and high value collectibles including precious metals.

Asset allocation as a way of investing is an important part of a person’s financial planning process that primarily concerns the very relationship of an investment portfolio’s risk and return.  Different asset classes offer different risks and returns as long as their performances are not perfectly correlated (if they go up and down in the same market conditions).  Asset allocation reduces the volatility of investment results when not all investments in the portfolio rise and fall at the same time.

How is Asset Allocation Related to Investing?

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Why Invest In Stocks

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Despite all the latest turmoil of the stock market during the Great Recession of 2008, as we now call it, investing in stocks remains the premier means to investing.

The stock market tends to have volatile performances in times of any economic uncertainties, but that is why it is a good barometer for the economy.  The stock market in general will always deliver long-term returns, just as the economy eventually advances after trying times.

No other investment vehicles are as closely and directly related to the many aspects of an economy as the stock market.  As risky as it may seem, the stock market is still arguably the most rewarding investment place.

Two critical elements are worth considering in answering “why invest in stocks?”
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Why Invest in Bonds?

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Why invest in bonds? We hear so much about stocks in the news but bonds don’t get mentioned with the same level importance and urgency (the Dow stock index gets all the glory on the 6 o’clock news).  Yet bonds are an integral piece of most portfolios as well as being an important debt instrument, used to create capital for businesses and municipalities.
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Investment Strategy For Beginner Investors

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In my humble opinion, I think that all of us should invest our savings.

In fact, the sooner we start investing, the better our results will be.  Often the problem is that investment language sounds like Chinese and there are more products that you can find in a Dollar Store.  The key point to remember when you are a beginner investor is to start with a simple investment method.  Then, along the path to becoming a knowledgeable investor, you will be able to implement more complex investment theories.
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Dollar Cost Averaging Helps Eliminate Emotion And Market Risk

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We are all human here, right? :) And one thing you can always count on with humans is that we are emotional beings.  We experience fear, pride, lust, greed and everything in between.

What the heck am I talking about?  I’m talking about investment strategy!
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Buy Low. Better Yet, Buy Lower.

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Why do people get excited when their favorite retailer holds a sale, but not when Wall Street does?

Let’s start with the obligatory disclaimer – this is not an encouragement nor a discouragement to buy or sell particular securities, stocks carry risk, consult a financial advisor but you don’t have to, etc.  That was for that infinitesimally small segment of the population that is a) literate enough to read this post, yet b) dumb enough to do whatever a disembodied online voice suggests.  There, now you can read the post absolved of any obligation to think.
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Exchange Traded Funds – Pros and Cons

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Exchange Traded Funds are created to gain broad market exposure, like mutual funds, that individual investors could not have achieved on their own.  But built upon mutual funds, exchange traded funds actually combine different features of different types of mutual funds to make them available all in one single ETF, namely the valuation feature of open-end mutual funds and the tradability feature of closed-end funds.
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