If you’ve been investing in stocks or bonds for a while, you may feel like you have an understanding of this precarious trade. You may even be making plans to diversify your portfolio or research more complex investment strategies. But even if you’re a seasoned investor, there’s never a bad time to get back to basics.
Diversification is one of the cornerstones of traditional investment advice. The most common saying we hear is “never put all your eggs in one basket” and the moral holds true. Markets go up and down through economic change, business cycles, and a wide variety of factors changing investment outcomes. Managing these peaks and valleys is the primary goal of an investment plan. The best possible defense against risks in any investment strategy is diverse and well-balanced financial planning.