Published On: 9 May 2023

Investing can be an effective way to increase your wealth and achieve your financial goals, but it’s important to avoid common mistakes that could end up costing you a lot of money. If you’re in the UK, here are some tips to keep in mind when investing: 

Diversify your portfolio: If you limit your investments to just one market or industry, you run the risk of being vulnerable to shocks and volatility. It’s a good idea to spread your investments across different assets and markets, so you can reduce your risk exposure and better weather any market or economic difficulties. 

Don’t let your emotions guide you: Watching the progress of your investments can be emotional, especially if the stocks you’ve invested in start to plummet. However, it’s important not to let your emotions guide your decisions. Even during market downturns, it’s usually best to stay calm and stick to your long-term investment plan, making decisions based on hard data rather than fear or panic. 

Avoid trying to time the market: Market fluctuations are a normal part of investing, and it can be difficult to predict how the market will behave in the future. Trying to time the market can lead to missed opportunities for earning higher returns and selling at a loss. Instead, it’s better to stick to your long-term investment strategy and goals, rather than acting impulsively. 

Regularly rebalance your portfolio: It’s important to check your asset allocation and adjust the weightings of different asset classes in your portfolio every six months or so. This can help you limit your exposure to certain assets and ensure your portfolio aligns with your long-term goals and risk tolerance. 

Choose the right investment adviser: Working with the right investment adviser is crucial to success in investing. It’s important to choose a professional, regulated adviser who will act in your best interests. 

Think long-term: Investing should be approached with a long-term strategy in mind. It’s important to give your investments time to grow and avoid obsessing over daily market movements. Instead, focus on your long-term goals and track progress over longer time frames. 

Set clear goals: Defining your investment goals from the outset is essential to measuring success. Having a clear idea of what you want to achieve can help you determine whether you’re on track to reach your goals or need to make adjustments to your investment strategy. 

If you have any questions or concerns about your investments or financial goals, don’t hesitate to contact your regulated investment advisor at Murdoch Asset Management. We can help guide you towards making informed investment decisions and create a personalised investment strategy tailored to your individual needs and risk tolerance.

Remember, investing is a long-term game, so stay focused on your goals and avoid making hasty decisions based on emotions or short-term market fluctuations. 

 

 

Sources 

https://www.cnbc.com/select/biggest-investing-mistakes/ 
https://www.blackrock.com/americas-offshore/en/insights/common-mistakes-investors-make#:~:text=Chasing%20performance%2C%20fear%20of%20missing,to%20their%20long%2Dterm%20plan 

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