Written by, Dave Young, President & Founder of Paragon Wealth Management
We are regularly asked this question. Investors don’t know what to do. They are concerned. Many seem to always be in the wrong place at the wrong time. They missed out on the gains of the past five years and are now concerned they may be investing at the top of the market.
It seems like the risk pendulum swings from one extreme to another. In the 1990’s investors did not take enough risk and missed out on amazing returns. By 2000 and 2008 investors finally began to believe that markets only go up. They became aggressive just in time to be devastated by 50% losses and years of bad returns. By 2009, many investors had thrown in the towel. Those investors then missed out on the big gains of the past five years.
In order to build wealth you must invest for the long term. Stocks and real estate are the two most reliable investments for most investors to build wealth over time. Over the long term they appreciate in value much more than bonds or bank savings options.
In the short term stocks and real estate fluctuate in value and scare many investors away. Putting money into stocks or real estate for less than five years does not usually work out.
I believe there are four principles that must be followed to build significant wealth over time. Sound investing is not a single decision. It is a process.
1st – You must invest using an investment strategy that has been proven to work over time.
2nd – Your strategy should provide you with exposure to the stock and real estate markets.
3rd – Your risk tolerance (investment comfort level) should be set properly so that you are not forced out of your investments at the wrong time.
4th – You must invest for the long term thereby giving yourself the ability benefit from the ups and downs of market cycles.
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