We often hear people saying, “don’t put all your eggs in one basket”. This applies to various aspects of life, including how you manage your money. When investing, diversification lowers your risk, smooths out returns and it can improve your portfolio performance in the long term. So, why not?
While the idea of spreading your money across and within different asset classes such as stocks, bonds and cash can sound intimidating, you can easily diversify with a right investment tool such as Tiq Invest. Let us show you how.
Diversify strategy #1: Have a back-up plan
The entire idea of diversifying your portfolio is to reduce risk, so you have a better chance of improving your portfolio performance. That’s why you should always have a back-up plan. Before you think that this sounds tough, it’s actually just ensuring that you have sufficient cash or savings in case you encounter unexpected costs along the way.
This strengthens your holding power, so you don’t panic sell during stock market dips, especially if you are in the early years of your investments. As you know, long term investments can help you to reduce costs and earn compound interest, which can contribute to better long-term returns.
On the other hand, imagine someone who does not have sufficient cash yet s/he is laden with existing debts amidst the global downturn, rising inflation and interest rate. Sounds like a nightmare, right? Besides the stress and anxiety, s/he may not have a choice but to sell his/her stocks.
Hence, a good starting point on your investment journey would be to have an emergency savings fund that’s equivalent to 6 months of your daily expenses. That’s even if you have a stable job.
Diversify strategy #2: Spread your wealth
Say, you would soon reach the first milestone of your savings goal at S$100,000. What would you do with S$100,000? From savings accounts to purchasing mutual funds and equities, there are many financial tools with different purposes and risks to help you manage your money.
Here’s where you have to keep in mind our rule #1 of diversifying: have sufficient cash. After ensuring that you have enough savings that is easily accessible, you can consider investing across different assets to spread your risk. Think Tiq Invest.
Tiq Invest is a flexible digital Investment-Linked Plan (ILP) that covers both investment and life protection, and S$1,000 is all you need to start your investment journey.
This flexible investment product makes diversifying your portfolio easy because it offers four packaged funds with varying risks and potential growth, so you can simply tap on opportunities with a mixture of asset classes (fixed income & equities) designed to maximise returns at your comfortable risk level.
Managed by professional fund managers with local expertise, Tiq Invest empowers and encourages investors to manage their investments on the Tiq by Etiqa mobile app, so you can view and make transactions conveniently anytime, anywhere.
As protection is equally important as wealth accumulation, Tiq Invest also ensures you are protected at 105% of your net premium1, no matter how your investment performs. This complimentary life protection means that in case you pass on unexpectedly, your beneficiaries (usually your loved ones) will be protected financially. Think of this as another back-up plan as you diversify your portfolio. Learn more
Diversify strategy #3: Keep building your portfolio
After you diversify your portfolio with Tiq Invest, don’t stop there! Keep building your portfolio by applying investment strategies such as dollar-cost averaging (DCA) to further spread out your risks.
Instead of buying the dip with lump sum investing, keep in mind that consistency – the key to DCA – allows you to divide the total sum to be invested across periodic purchases of a target asset and this shall reduce the impact of volatility on your overall purchase.
Simply put, all you need to do is to invest a fixed sum of money into a particular investment at regular intervals, typically monthly or quarterly. With Tiq Invest, you can easily apply DCA by opting into the automated recurring top-up with preset features according to your preference, i.e. monthly, quarterly, semi-annual or annual from S$100.
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Diversify strategy #4: Review your investments regularly
A survey by Select and Dynata found that almost half (49%) of investors check their investments’ performance at least once a day or more, which makes investors susceptible to myopic loss aversion; aka the more you monitor your portfolio, the riskier you’d perceive investing to be, and you’d become more sensitive to loses than to gains. This inevitably leads one to impulsive investment decisions that can hinder portfolio growth.
While we recommend you to review your investments regularly, don’t monitor that frequently. F.Y.I. There’s periodic rebalancing for Tiq Invest to ensure investors’ objectives are on track and tolerant to market outlook.
You may want to check your portfolio monthly or every two to three months. At the minimum, make it a point to review your investments at least once a year to ensure that your portfolio is performing and still relevant to your financial goals.
As its tagline suggests, Tiq Invest is designed for maximum financial flexibility. Contrary to myths about ILPs, our digital ILP does not have a lock-in period. This means that you have access to cash anytime, anywhere, whenever you need it – free of charge2. Also, you can switch your Packaged Funds at no additional charge so it stays relevant to your investment objectives.
What happens if you over-diversify your portfolio?
“Too much of something is bad enough… …”
The harmonious vocals of the Spice Girls came to mind as we pondered on the effects of over-diversification. In the course of investing, over-diversification can sneak up on you unknowingly. When you take a little of this and that, overlapping may occur and this increases your risks, transaction costs, etc.
Well, the good news is this is almost unlikely to happen with Tiq Invest since you can only choose one of the four Packaged Funds at any one time. As mentioned previously, these mixtures of asset classes (fixed income & equities) in our digital ILP are specially curated by experienced professionals.
“Too much of nothing is just as tough … …”
As increasing prices start to put a strain on our finances, it’s time to consider how you can diversify and make the most of your spare cash to accumulate your wealth, or at the very least, preserve the value of your hard earned money.
Learn more about Tiq Invest and start your investment journey today!
1 Refers to single premium plus ad-hoc and recurring top-up paid to date less withdrawals less any fees and charges applicable.
2 The minimum partial withdrawal amount is S$200. After partial withdrawal, the minimum account balance must be at least S$200.
Information is accurate as at 26 July 2022. This policy is underwritten by Etiqa Insurance Pte. Ltd. (Company Reg. No. 201331905K).
Tiq Invest is an Investment-linked Plan (ILP), which invests in ILP sub-fund(s). Investments in this plan are subject to investment risks including the possible loss of the principal amount invested. The performance of the ILP sub-fund(s) is not guaranteed and the value of the units in the ILP sub-fund(s) and the income accruing to the units, if any, may fall or rise. Past performance is not necessarily indicative of the future performance of the ILP sub-fund(s).
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