Investing Like a Pro
This episode is the beginning of a podcast series that I plan to release every Tuesday over the next few weeks. My average podcast runs a little over 45 minutes, but I want to share shorter episodes called “shots” that will share something educational, inspirational or motivational. I recently shared a motivational shot and now I want to share some investment education.
Investing is the number one topic requested from my podcast listeners, specifically investing for beginners; and this series plans to address those needs. The point of this series is for somebody who is not very comfortable with investing to listen through all of it and feel like they can do it themselves and invest like a professional. These investing shots episodes are recorded with the newest Martinis and Your Money Podcast sponsor – DIY Fund. I am so excited to partner with Wendy and Eric from DIY Fund because we all share the same philosophy that you don’t need to pay a financial professional to invest, with the right tools, you can do it yourself.
Shot of the day
To kick off the series with a bang, we decided to start with a fireball shot
- Every individual needs to think of themselves as a portfolio manager and when you invest, you invest your various portfolios based on your life goals just as a professional portfolio manager would manager a fund towards a certain benchmark like the S&P 500.
- You need to understand that you are not looking at your individual assets as your net result, but looking at the combination of all the things you own.
- Money that you are looking to invest should be money that you don’t need for any specific goals for at least two years or longer.
- The average return of the S&P over the last 20 years was 9.9% and the average investor returns was 2.5%.
- A portfolio for retirement and a portfolio for money you’ll need sooner will look very different.
- If you have the right portfolio for the right scenario, it’s easier to remove the emotion around investing.
- Investing is not scary or complicated as long as you set it up correctly in the beginning.
- Once you set your portfolio framework, it is so simple to manage.
Investing Like A Professional Action Steps
- The first thing professionals do when starting a portfolio is ask what the intention is of that portfolio.
- Assess your risk tolerance.
- Create a framework for your portfolio and stick with it.
- Look at your investments as a portfolio instead of individual stocks, ETFs or mutual funds.