A recent Yahoo! finance article offered advice on handling 401(k) investments in the wake of a turbulent stock market. As the market constantly shifts and seemingly hits a record high, or a record low, with each passing day, now may be the time to take a closer look at your investment portfolio.
Evaluate Your Financial Options Now
Jeanne Thompson, a vice president at Fidelity Investments, advises workers with a 401(k) to “check things out” and discuss their money situation with a financial advisor at least one time per year. This is especially important, says Thompson, when the stock market is particularly high or particularly low. Moreover, while many people tend to wait until the beginning of the calendar year to consider rebalancing their finances and reevaluating their investment options, the truth is that there is no set time of year to look into your 401(k). Rather, suggests Thompson, there is no time like the present to check out your finances.
Age Matters When It Comes to Investment Risk
Additionally, a worker’s age is a crucial factor in determining exactly how much risk to take as far as investing – whether it’s putting your 401(k) into the stock market, diverting funds to real estate holdings or otherwise. For example, an employee who is fast approaching retirement age may not want to be too exposed, lest their imminent and well-deserved retirement get pushed back.
By contrast, a younger worker may have more “emotional tolerance” for riskier investments. A recent report by Fidelity indicates that young employees are taking more chances with their 401(k) investments: almost two-thirds of millennial workers are investing 100% of their 401(k) plans in target-date funds, a particular type of investment scheme designed to simplify the investment process by exposing the fund to greater risk based on the age of the investor.
Don’t Make a Rash Decision
Whatever you do, don’t make an impulsive decision and change your long-term investment strategy based solely on short-term changes in the market. If you have a 401(k), keep contributing to it even as values fluctuate.
For further information about financial planning, read the Yahoo.com article, “My 401(k) is Tanking. What Do I Do?”
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