Is a Significant Stock Market Crash Imminent?

Diversity is the key to investment planning for your retirement.  You do not want to have all your eggs in one basket. For this reason it is an excellent idea to have a number of fingers in a number of pies, financially speaking of course, at any given time.  There happens to be a lot of interpretations, unfortunately, of what it means to truly diversify your investment portfolio.

There are those who believe that to diversify your portfolio you only need to choose stocks in various sectors rather than focusing on one.  This was a huge problem when the Dot Com boom went Dot Bust several years ago . Many people learned valuable lessons during this time frame and have taken it a little bit to heart.

However, there is nothing to say that we will never again experience a significant stock market crash.  If this were to happen and your entire retirement hopes, dreams, and funds rested on the stock market for salvation you would be in deep and shark infested waters financially as a result.

I do not mean to imply that a stock market crash is probable or imminent by any means.  The closest we’ve come as a nation to a stock market crash in recent memory was immediately after 9-11 and again in 2008.  The good news is that safeguards were put into place years ago to prevent a crash of the scale that we all know as “The Crash”.  This means that while you may take heavy hits, chances are the market will recover if you are willing and able to wait it out.

However, if you are putting yourself in a position to rely solely on stocks you need to take a serious look at your overall investment plan and see where changes can be made.

It goes without saying that no decision in regards to your financial future should be made without first discussing them with your financial advisor.  My purpose here is to bring up questions and ideas you might wish to consider or at the very least discuss with your advisor.

My personal preference is to have some money tied up in mutual funds and other money tied up in real estate, which can provide some form of continuous income month after month.  I’m not much of a gambler however and have chosen a low risk path to retirement financing and funding.  There are those who are far more adventurous than I when it comes to investing in their financial futures.

For those of you who are willing to take the risks there are securities as an investment in order to provide a wildly speculative ride.  Securities are very risky for investors; particularly those who are novices and even some seasoned investment veterans tend to shy away from this sort of investment.  If you do invest in securities, I strongly urge you not to risk your entire investment on them.

Mutual funds provide a little safer bet when it comes to your financial future.  Again there are no guarantees but these are much safer bet than securities.  The problem with mutual funds for many is that there are so many from which to choose that it is still a difficult decision for beginning investors to make.  These decisions are the reason that a good financial advisor is so terribly important when mapping out your financial destiny.

All-in-one funds are essentially collections of mutual funds.  These provide a safe bet for those who wish to find an easy investment possibility that is a fairly safe (if not wildly conservative) to place your money and watch it slowly grow over time.  All-in-one funds do tend to become less aggressive in time.  This means that as you age, they will become more conservative in the placement in your money in an effort to best protect it while still growing your money.

By placing a little of your money in many different places, you will see a much greater safety net when it comes to protecting your profits.  Discuss your plans with your financial advisor and any concerns that you may have.  They will be able to put your fears to rest.

So you may be wondering, is a stock market crash eminent?  I’ve been a visitor to several retirement seminars this year, and most of the financial planners I’ve  met seem to think so.  The closer you get to retirement age, the more conservative you should become regarding your investments.  Young folks have time to recover from a major loss of their funds.  We older folks just don’t have that luxury.

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