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Are You as Diversified as You Think? | Fisher Investments Common Retirement Investing Mistake #1
Retirement is supposed to be an exciting time. Finally, you have the time to travel and pursue the hobbies that you were unable to during your working years. Unfortunately, many spend much of their retirement worried about their finances. At Fisher Investments, we’ve helped thousands of individuals and families plan their financial futures so they can enjoy a comfortable retirement.
Title screen appears, “Common Retirement Investing Mistakes”
Subtitled, “Mistake #1: Improperly Diversifying”
Jessica Smith appears on the screen in a navy suit, she is standing next to a TV screen. she begins to speak:
Jessica Smith: Diversifying your investments across countries, sectors and individual securities is a tried-and-true strategy for mitigating risk.
On the TV screen, a basket appears full with eggs then a hand appears picking up one additional egg and placing it to the lot in the basket.
Jessica Smith: When it comes to investing, it makes sense not to put all of your eggs in one basket. Over the years, we have seen several ways investors misinterpret this advice, often resulting in overly concentrated or an inefficient portfolio.
On the screen TV, more eggs are being added to the basket.
Jessica Smith: Some investors concentrate too much of their portfolio in a single investment and possibly take on more risk than is prudent. Investors may end up doing this when optimism or overconfidence makes this action seem safe.
Jessica Smith: For example, you may hold a significant portion of your portfolio and your company's shares, perhaps because the company has done well for years or because you have a good feeling about future prospects.
On the screen TV, the eggs are vibrating, cracking and then breaking.
Jessica Smith: Calculations like these may be based more on emotion than on economic fundamentals. But, if that seemingly stable security becomes volatile or loses significant value, your retirement could be in jeopardy.
On the TV screen, 5 baskets partially full of eggs are being displayed.
Jessica Smith: Alternately, some investors attempt to diversify by investing in five, six or more funds, presuming that they will increase diversification. However, depending on the underlying holdings in those funds, this could leave you over diversified.
On the TV screen, the eggs in each of the 5 baskets appear to be growing in number.
Jessica Smith: If each of your funds holds hundreds of different securities, you could potentially have exposure to thousands of individual securities.
Exposure to so many stocks can make even matching the performance of the overall market difficult once fund fees are taken into account.
Alternately, you might end up owning the same securities many times over, leaving you too concentrated in certain companies.
On the TV screen, a table with 3 rows and 6 columns appears titled, “Fidelity Large Cap Value and Growth Mutual Funds”
Jessica Smith: For example, two Fidelity mutual funds, large Cap Value and Large Cap Growth Enhanced contain 64 of the same holdings. 38% of the Large Cap Growth Enhancement funds holdings are also held by the Large Cap Value funds. If you hold these two funds in an attempt to diversify your portfolio in manage risk, you may be actually creating a more concentrated portfolio that is less diversified than you'd hoped.
Jessica Smith appears back next to the TV screen.
The TV screen has in it a list titled “The 7 Common Retirement Investing Mistakes”.
The list is as follows:
1. Improperly Diversifying
2.Trying to Time the Market
3. Misunderstanding the Risk-Reward Trade-Off
4. Ignoring Inflation
5. Ignoring International Stocks
6.Overestimating How Far Your Social Security Benefit Will Go
7.Paying Excessive Fees
Jessica Smith: Thanks for watching.
You can check out our other six common retirement investing mistakes to learn more about what to avoid as you plan for your financial future.
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