How to create an investment plan

A simple investment plan can serve as a useful guide to building long-term wealth, but it can be tricky knowing where to start.

Here, we take a look at some key considerations that may help you decide where to invest, and develop a long-term strategy, depending on your personal goals.

Bear in mind, though, that whatever your investment plan, there are no guarantees of making gains. The value of your investments can fall and you may get back less than you paid in.

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The Importance of Diversification

One of the golden rules of investing is to spread your money across a range of different asset classes. This approach means that if one or more of your investments rise you will benefit but, if they fall, there should be a degree of protection because, hopefully, some of your other holdings in different asset classes will be going up in value. However, diversifying doesn’t mean shortening the period of time you invest over. You should be thinking long term (at least five years) for all your investment allocations.

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Understanding risk and return

Most investment decisions revolve around the risk and return conundrum. Taking on more risk can mean potentially higher returns but there’s also a greater chance of losing money. On the other hand, less risky investments may provide you with more secure returns, but these are likely to be lower.

Fundamentally, risk relates to the potential financial losses associated with a specific investment or investment strategy and there are a number of obstacles you are likely to come up against as an investor.

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