Which type of investor are you? (Part 1)

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You can boost your retirement income with the right insurance plan. Here are four types of plans to consider:

Identify your financial goals. This will determine your priorities and the amount of time you have to remain invested.

Select the risk level that you are comfortable with and manage your expectation on potential returns.

More than satisfying your curiosity, learning about your investor profile and risk appetite puts you in a better position to decide what to invest in to achieve your financial goals. So let’s start!

It’s important to identify your financial goals as it changes the amount of time you have to remain invested (your investment horizon). Different investment horizons will affect your approach to investing.

Short term goals are priorities that can be achieved within 2 years, for example, repaying a personal loan. To achieve them, you should:

  • Maintain a disciplined approach to savings. Putting your money in principal-protected products like fixed deposits or Singapore Savings Bonds could give your savings an additional leg-up.
  • Compare promotions and cashback deals to reduce your overall spending.

Medium term goals are priorities that can be achieved within 2 to 5 years, for example, saving for the down payment on a home. To achieve them, you should:

  • Complement your monthly savings with some investing. Consider buying unit trusts or ETFs, which may yield higher returns than the interest on a savings account
  • Opt for accumulating share classes or unit-dividends instead of cash-dividends to take advantage of reinvesting and compounding e ects.
  • Review your progress regularly to ensure that you are on track to achieving your goal.
  • Take advantage of grants or subsidies that could be available for specific goals like your child’s education needs or buying a new house.

Long term goals are priorities that can be achieved within 2 to 5 years, for example, saving for the down payment on a home. To achieve them, you should:

  • Invest in products that adopt a long-term perspective when selecting underlying assets.
  • Make time to review your existing investments regularly and rebalance your holdings as necessary to maintain a balanced, diversified portfolio.
  • Avoid knee-jerk reactions to market events. Conduct a fundamental analysis of the investment to help you to determine if the investment has growth potential in the long term.
  • Keep an eye out for market opportunities that may arise from time to time.

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