Diversification. Even the word is long. But having a diversified portfolio and the patience to wait out market ups and downs generally are the best strategies for reaching your long-term goals. Here’s why.
You Don’t Have a Crystal Ball
One year it’s large cap stocks; the next year it’s small caps. The tech sector’s on top, and then it’s health care. This year’s stellar performers might be next year’s losers, and vice versa. Trying to figure out which investments will perform best in the future is very hard. With a well-diversified portfolio, you’ll have some investments that are doing well and others that are lagging. But, over time, it’s possible, and even likely, that those investments will change places.
Time Is Your Ally
Your time horizon for retirement investing is years or even decades, not weeks or months. Knowing that you have a long-term horizon will enable you to wait out the inevitable swings of the overall market with more patience.
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Diversification does not ensure a profit or protect against loss in a declining market.Back to Articles