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Here are some of the best tips from us here at The Retirement Group for removing emotions from your investing strategy:


1. Establish Long-Term Financial Goals

Knowing your financial goals, risk tolerance, time horizon, etc. can help you establish a long-term plan for investing. It is easy to get distracted by short-term losses when focused on short-term gains, but if you have set rules and a longer time horizon, it can be helpful to stay calm during times of high market volatility

"Holding sufficient cash can reduce big emotional swings that come with being over-invested in the stock market." woman browsing on the internet


2. Use Cash as a Position

Holding sufficient cash can reduce big emotional swings that come with being over-invested in the stock market. Warren Buffett has advocated using a 90/10 equity to cash ratio, but a good rule of thumb is to have enough cash to cover 12-month of expenses.


3. Diversify

By diversifying your portfolio across multiple asset classes and sectors, you can reduce wild swings and extreme market risks. Having a portfolio that’s balanced and diversified in many areas can inadvertently prevent you from making rash decisions.

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4. Dollar-cost average

This strategy involves invested equal dollar amounts at a regular, predetermined interval. During a downtrend, investors are purchasing shares at cheaper prices. During an uptrend, previously held shares are earning capital gains and fewer “expensive” shares are being bought. DCA can possibly lower the total average cost per share of the investment.

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