Buy Quality Investments
Hello my LGBT friends! I hope this blog post finds you well.
In my last blog, I spoke about getting a game plan together. Now I’m going to talk about investing.
My belief – buy quality investments and be well diversified.
Your underlying investment strategy will only be as sound as the investments you buy. You wouldn’t build a house on quicksand and expect it to be sturdy, right? Same goes for your investment portfolio. Have a good foundation.
When looking at stock type of investments, look for companies that have been in business for a long time (I usually look at companies with at least a 10 year track record) and have a history of increasing dividends. That may be a good indicator of a company with a good financial record.
Don’t buy stocks in just one sector. Spread the love! You may want to pick companies from different sectors to balance out your portfolio. If you are starting out, I don’t recommend having more than 5% of your portfolio in any company. So even if you really like Coca Cola, Pepsi and Snapple, you might not want to buy all three of those companies. They do the same thing – make beverages. If you do decide to buy all three of those companies, buy them in smaller amounts so that sector doesn’t go over 5% of your portfolio. Make sense?
Stock Sectors include:
• Basic Materials
• Consumer Goods
• Industrial Goods
To break it down even more, each sector has sub sectors –for example, Utilities include the sub sectors of electric, water, natural gas.
So remember, quality and diversify your holdings. Do you have a favorite stock?
An ADPA (Accredited Domestic Partner Advisor) designated Financial Advisor can assist you with your choices if you need help from professional.
Diversification does not guarantee a profit or protect against loss.
Past performance doesn’t guarantee future results.
The opinions expressed in this material do not necessarily reflect the views of LPL Financial.
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