February 8, 2017

Planning a holiday, building a house and creating a portfolio

Two quick questions. How long did you take to plan your last Christmas holidays? And how long did you take to plan your investment portfolio? “It’s often said that many people spend more time planning a two-week vacation than they do on their investment plan,” say US-based Vanguard investment analysts Donald Bennyhoff and Colleen Jaconetti in an updated research paper. “Experience suggests that this witticism is not far off the mark,” Bennyhoff and Jaconetti add. “On their own, investors often ignore the important planning phase,” the analysts emphasise, “focusing instead on filling their portfolios with investments featuring attractive returns. This […]
February 1, 2017

New Year (investment) resolutions

An astute way to begin a new year is to take a close look at your personal finances – including your super and non-super investment portfolios and your retirement-saving strategies – and to think about what improvements should be made. Even if your personal finances are in reasonably good shape, there’s inevitably room for improvement. Critically, a guarded but not bearish outlook for portfolio returns underscores why investors should take a disciplined approach and ensure that their expectations for returns are reasonable in this low-interest, more subdued-return environment. (Investors who are overly optimistic may be tempted to take excessive risks in […]
February 1, 2017

Don’t let your portfolio end up like a gym membership

New Year resolutions and portfolio rebalancing face common challenges. Both spring from the best of intentions. Both can drift into the background as the holiday season draws to a close and the urgency and demands of everyday life return. For investment portfolios and self-managed super funds (SMSFs), the more relaxed pace of life earlier in the year often presents the opportunity to review the fund’s portfolio and investment strategy. Setting your asset allocation is arguably the most important decision you make in regard to your investment portfolio. At a time when there is heightened levels of uncertainty on the geopolitical stage, […]