How Balanced is Your Retirement Portfolio?

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There is nothing more important than planning for retirement. Whether you are in your 20s or in your 40s, it is always the right time to start thinking about how you will support yourself in the retirement years. It is essential for you to think about the way in which you will distribute funds in a Roth IRA or 401(k) account. As you devise your portfolio strategy, here are some tips to consider.

1. If you’re young, choose high-growth stocks.

If you are young, then you have time on your side. Think about choosing some stocks that are considered a riskier investment. This does not mean that you should not look into the actual value of the company as well as its debt-ratio. You should still make sure that you are investing in companies that have high value. Just know that you can afford to invest in pharmaceutical, “green” or tech companies. These types of companies are set for high growth in the upcoming decades.

2. If you’re older, choose conservative stocks.

If you are in your mid 40s or older, then you should choose conservative stocks for your portfolio. Stay away from stocks that have a high risk. You need to have access to funds during your retirement years, so this should be your main goal. You do not have time to waste in losing funds from your portfolio.

3. Give mutual funds a chance.

Mutual funds can provide you with a great opportunity for growing your portfolio in a safe way. Try to find a mutual fund that has consistently performed in the past five or ten years.

4. Stay away from penny stocks.

Penny stocks are a great trap for people of all ages. Older individuals get lured into the idea of making “fast cash” with penny stocks. Younger people believe that they can keep their money in penny stocks for years and experience growth. The truth is that a majority of companies with penny stocks are going through bankruptcy. You should try to avoid investing in these companies.

5. Research the debt-ratio of a company before investing.

Lastly, always make sure to research the debt-ratio of a company before you put your money into the company. If a company has many outstanding debts, then it may be at risk for filing for bankruptcy.

When you invest, it is essential to keep these tips in mind. You will be able to create a solid portfolio by just remembering to consider your own circumstances. Another tip would be to meet with an investment service. You don’t necessarily need to pay someone to advise you on everything, but getting some professional advice might be wise decision.

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4 thoughts on “How Balanced is Your Retirement Portfolio?”

  1. Beagle, what do you think of target year investment options? Our 401k plan has investment plans that target your approximate retirement age. That plan adjusts allocation within the plan every few years the closer you get to your retirement target year.

    I keep an eye on my retirement plan overall, but don’t have time to research the individual stocks or mutual funds offered for my retirement plan, to compare and re-evaluate each year. So I chose one of the Target year plans for my 401k.

    • I’ve seen information that points out their ups and downs. The positives include what you mentioned, not having to worry about allocation and such. The biggest negative is that these typically have slightly higher management fees. This means that you’re paying for the service of having this allocation done for you. As your 401(k) balance grows, this will result in a higher amount every year which adds up over the cost of your working years. Always look at the management fee percentage of any 401(k) fund. Anything over 1% is pretty high. You can usually get a S&P 500 Index fund for around 0.25%.

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