What tactics/investment vehicles may fit my risk tolerance and time horizon to help me meet my retirement goals?
There are a whole host of investments you can put your money in these days. Some are products issued by investment firms, insurance companies, banks and federal/state/local governments.
- Bonds (Municipal, Treasury, Corporate, International)
- Exchange Traded Funds (ETF’s)
- Index Funds
- Actively Managed Mutual Funds
- Individual Stocks
- Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs)
- Private Equity
- Hedge Funds
- Precious Metals
This list does not contain every investment out there, but these are the most common ones used. Each has varying fees and expenses as well as advantages and disadvantages. The important thing to know is which investments are going to be suitable for your risk tolerance and time horizon. Also, this list isn’t meant to say that you pick just one and go with that. The list is merely to show you what are some of the more common choices out there and you may find that several are a good fit for your portfolio and offer the diversification and return potential you need or desire.
Neither diversification nor asset allocation guarantee against loss, they are methods used to manage risk
“Look at market fluctuations as your friend rather than your enemy. Profit from folly rather than participate in it.” – Warren Buffet
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