Deciding on Investment Goals
by Philip Scott
Have you recently moved to Australia? As you familiarise yourself with the investment landscape, you may be seeking a wealth manager to plan your investments for the financial year ahead.
When exploring investment opportunities, the first step is to decide on your investment goals and you can often reach your targets faster by developing a strategic financial plan.
Diversification is a fundamental principle when it comes to establishing an effective plan. Having a range of different asset classes within a portfolio is essential if you wish to minimise risk and even out the effect of performance ups and downs over time. Risk and return are inextricably linked and you cannot have one without the other. If you are targeting a higher level of potential return you must be comfortable that this comes with a higher level of risk.
When visiting a wealth manager for the first time their fact-finding will include gathering an investors financial data, assessing what level of investment risk you are comfortable with and discussing investments that suit your risk profile, whether that is very conservative or more aggressive. Not all investment strategies are suitable for all investors so financial advisers can help devise a plan that meets your individual needs.
A wealth manager can assist in determining which asset classes are most suitable to invest in. The four main asset classes include: shares, property, cash and fixed interest and the amount allocated to each should depend on your goals, objectives and investment time horizon.
You always have the choice to take a hands on or hands off approach to the management of your investments. Solutions such as administration platforms can help to minimise the day to day decision-making and provide consolidated reporting, although you remain actively involved in making any investment choices.
John Winters and Carmie Olowoyo are wealth managers with Macquarie Private Wealth, based in Perth.
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