To err is human but to rerun the same, is being a pudding head. And particularly when one has embarked on the path to realize his/her financial goals, an error can invite havoc. So, you may consider yourself a great beginner in the investment market if you do NOT
1.Let risks intimidate you:
Investments are never risk-proof and at the same time, one who has the tenacity to convert risks into opportunities can only realize his financial goals, optimally. Early investors should explore risk in investments than resorting to conservative portfolios because it’s always wiser to begin early and eventually cover up for losses (if any) by generating higher income in future.
2.Mistake insurance for investment:
Many people mistake insurance for investment. As a result, they mis-allocate their savings in an insurance fund over investment. One must know that both the conditions of over/under insurance can negatively impact personal finance. To avoid this, one must seek advice from a finance professional who can gauge if you are adequately insured and not over-investing.
3.Buy toxic financial products:
Maximum financial mistakes are committed during tax season because most of us tend to buy tax saving products which are toxic. Additionally, to learn about investments, many new investors burn their pockets by buying financial products which are not suitable to them. These mistakes can be avoided by identifying the objectives behind investing in any particular financial product.
4.Under/over diversify portfolio:
Diversification of portfolio helps mitigate market risks. But having direct exposure towards equities or multiple unexampled investments may not fulfil one’s investment objectives. Besides that, keeping a track of returns on an over diversified portfolio may become a challenge for early investors. So, one must always carefully venture into diversifying one’s portfolio, and do so in consultation with a personal financial advisor.
5.Seek help from kith and kin:
Beginners in investment prefer consulting with kith and kin to certified financial advisors, mostly fearing wrong advice or lack of faith. But one should know that only an industry expert can give one pragmatic advice on making the right investment choices. For example, friend/family members will usually advise on investing in fixed deposits or real estate assets which are illiquid in nature and not flexible. In the contrary, an industry expert will focus on suggesting more flexible avenues with high ROI (returns of investment).
Building a portfolio linked to one’s financial goals is not an easy bake; it takes years of exposure and knowledge to be investment savvy. The way we own our profits/gains, we refuse to own our losses with similar intensity. And since this is the essence of our relationship with finances, should we not be discerning enough with our investments?