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Don’t let investing stress you out

Investing can be scary, and witnessing markets go up and down like a yo-yo can cause anxiety. It is impossible to plan with complete certainty, which can leave you feeling stressed. It’s important to remember that this stress can lead to irrational choices, which could ultimately lose you money. If you want to be a successful investor, it’s important to manage the stress and keep in control. We have pulled together a few tips to help:

Don’t believe everything you hear

Markets can fall in the blink of an eye, and media outlets can react quickly to the story, sometimes simply scaremongering. This can cause fear and stress, and some people choose to sell to avoid what they fear could be further losses. Although markets can then rise again the next day, meaning as an investor who sold, you’ve missed potential growth.

Our advice is to take everything the media says with a pinch of salt. Only follow or listen to reliable sources of news, and do your own research and figures before making rash decisions. Refreshing your Twitter feed will only create added anxiety – don’t do it!

Things change rapidly, it’s normal

If you have access to your investments online or via an app, try not to peep at them too often. Of course, it’s tempting, although it can ruin your investment journey long-term. If you monitor your success too regularly, you may start to worry about minor daily fluctuations, again leading to unnecessary stress.

It’s a good idea to limit the amount of times you view your investment performance. Of course, it is important to check. But instead of daily or even weekly, why not limit yourself to once a month? Remember, investing is a long-term journey.

Consider your level of risk

Investing always has an element of risk. Returns are never guaranteed, and there is of course a chance you could end up with less than you started with. But there are ways to reduce investment risk.

This can be done by only investing what you could afford to lose, and by spreading your money across many investments – this is called diversifying your portfolio. By doing this, the odds of losing any of your hard-earned money decrease.

Anticipate further ahead

If your investment journey is stressing you out, try to focus more on your long term goals. Why did you start your investment journey in the first place? To make more money, right? Don’t lose sight of the bigger picture.

Use an expert to ease the stress

Still finding investing stressful? Consider using an investment expert. Experts sweat the details while you sit back with confidence and watch your money grow.

Lawsons Equity can help you to pick your investments, monitor the news, analyse market data, and, if necessary, make changes to keep it on track with your desired risk level. By trusting an expert, you can de-stress in whatever way you choose, with peace of mind your investments are in good hands. Contact our team at Lawsons Equity today.

Lawsons Equity – Financial Advisors Malta

Information is based on our current understanding of taxation legislation and regulations. Any levels and bases of, and reliefs from, taxation are subject to change.

The value of investments and income from them may go down. You may not get back the original amount invested.

Lawsons Equity Limited is a company registered in Malta with company number C49564 and licensed by the Malta Financial Services Authority as Enrolled Insurance Brokers under the Insurance Intermediaries Act 2006, and to provide Investment Services under the Investment Services Act, 1994.

Lawsons Equity Ltd have passported their services across the EU. To see a full list of countries click here.

Please remember the value of your investments can go down and rise, and you could get back less than you have invested.

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