Building a diversified stock portfolio gives the stockholder leverage with regard to the economy. Certain stocks do better in particular financial climates. Also, much depends on the age of the stock participant. Naturally the younger you are, the more risk you can stand to assume; the older stockholder will wish to play it safe no matter how much he or she leverages his or her portfolio. This is just to say the very aggressive stock funds should not be included within your financial portfolio if you are approaching retirement.
First off, you will wish to get acquainted with a reliable investment advisor; in other words, someone you can trust in the management of your financial affairs. You may ask for a referral from your attorney, or you might try visiting various stock venues and see what investment counselor it is you feel most comfortable with. Begin the interview by stating you are interested in investment and you are still shopping around for a company which you believe will deliver the service you expect.
Go easy when the stock representative asks how much it is you have to invest. You need not disclose the entire amount of your nest egg. You could ask him what he suggests with a beginning capital amount of $2,500. If the stockbroker is only interested in higher amounts; you may write him off. Also there are do it yourself stock brokerage companies where you are in much more control of the decision-making process and your investment advisor only acts as an assistant in your stock market decisions.
Initially, choose or lean toward a general mutual fund with a great deal of well known, well regarded companies as part of its composition. A mutual fund is ideal because it is full of various stocks which tend to leverage one another; it is also supported by a fund manager. You can purchase one by getting a hold of the investment advisor at a bank. The personal stockbroker is relative to individual stocks and is experienced enough to advise which stocks are seemingly heading north, or which he believes, based on current and historical performance, will experience long-term growth.
It is further suggested you purchase additional stock as your capital grows. You need not put the entire amount out there at once. Simply purchase a mutual fund or stock after you have examined its growth potential and have read plenty of supportive data on its performance. Remember there are no guarantees with respect to the market.
Lastly, leverage your own stock purchases by putting a portion of your money in non-stock investments such as certificates of deposits. In so doing, if the stock market does not perform favorably at some point, you won’t lose your financial shirt in the process.