Ten things to remember when markets are volatile

From time to time, share markets will inevitably experience bouts of volatility due to a variety of reasons.

Before you make any rash moves, consider our top ten key reminders.

1. Volatility is a normal part of long-term investing

By having a mind-set that accepts volatility, you can prepare yourselves to remain focused on your long-term investment goals.

2. Over the long term, share risk is usually rewarded

You may be rewarded for the extra risk that you face by potentially achieving higher average returns over the longer term.

3. Market corrections can create attractive opportunities

Corrections are a normal part of bull markets. A stock-market correction can often be a good time to invest.

4. Avoid stopping and starting investments

When you try to time the market and stop-and-start your investments, you run the risk of denting future returns by missing the best recovery days.

5. The benefits of regular investing stack up

Irrespective of your time horizon, it makes sense to regularly invest a certain amount of money, for example, each month or quarter. This helps you avoid investing at a single point in time.

6. Diversification of investments helps to smooth returns

Spread risk by investing into different asset classes. Holding a mix of growth assets (shares, property and corporate bonds) and defensive assets (government bonds and cash) can help to smooth returns over time.

7. Invest in quality, income-paying stocks for regular income

Sustainable dividends paid by high-quality, cash-generative companies are attractive during volatile markets because they can offer a regular source of income.

8. Reinvest income to increase total returns

Reinvested dividends can provide a considerable boost to total returns over time thanks to the power of compound interest.

9. Don’t be swayed by sweeping sentiment

The popularity of investment themes ebbs and flows. But there are usually always great opportunities at the stock level.

10. Active investment can be a successful strategy

When volatility sends markets sideways, successful stock-picking can be rewarding compared with indifferent returns from passively following the index.

If you would like more information, please contact our Financial Advisors, Mark O’Connell or Robin Bell on 02 8978 3761.

Mark O’Connell, Robin Bell and Allan Hall Financial Planning Pty Ltd, are Authorised Representatives of Consultum Financial Advisers Pty Ltd. ABN 65 006 373 995, AFSL 230323

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