Common Investment Myths – And How to Break Them

 

 

Let’s talk about investment myths. Have you started investing yet? If the answer is yes, think about the last time you sat down with a financial advisor and reviewed your portfolio to ensure your investment strategy is still aligned with your goals. If the answer is no, ask yourself why not? Maybe it’s because you don’t think you can afford it,  maybe it’s because you’re afraid of the risk versus reward or maybe it’s because you don’t see the value in paying fees.

 

Here’s the good news, today I’m debunking common investment myths. Actually, I’m going to shatter them. Whatever the reason may be that’s holding you back from reaching your full investment potential, it all ends now. If you’re hesitant about seeking financial advice, investing in the market and exploring different investment options, don’t worry because other people are too – that’s why there are so many common investment myths.

 

The key is to tell the truth about the current state of investing and help Canadians implement an investment strategy that you’re comfortable with.

Here are the real answers to three common investment myths:

 

I can’t afford to invest

 

Yes, you can. Everyone, whether you’re 16 or 56 can afford to put a portion of your after-tax income towards investing. The percentage varies depending on your monthly household expenses and individual disposable income, but yes everyone can afford to invest. So often people feel that saving investing are just for the wealthy – and that’s just not true.

 

I don’t need professional advice

 

Oh yes you do, everyone does. Why? Because there is so much more to creating an investment strategy than choosing the right stock at the right time – and I don’t do that because that’s not what smart investing is about.

 

The truth is investing is about finding solutions that align with your short term and long-term goals as well as your risk tolerance and time horizon. The Manulife investment philosophy is “There’s a difference between access to investments and investing successfully. Managing money wisely is a full-time job which takes experts with significant experience and skill.”

 

On a side note, timing the market to buy in on the absolute lowest day of the year and selling on the absolute highest day of the year to gain the maximum profit is another common investment myth. That doesn’t happen.

 

I shouldn’t have to pay fees

 

Well yes you should. In life we all have to pay for a professional service. I can’t think of a scenario where you get a service for free – except for the library. If you want the best dentist then you have to pay for it. The exact same principal is true when it comes to investing.

 

Of course, you can open a self-directed online brokerage account and manage your own money, but do you have the years of experience and professional expertise of a financial advisor? This is the real reason why paying for a professional service is worth the cost. It’s about access to investments (because you could do that yourself online) it’s about the experience and the expertise.

 

I hope this helps overcome some of your hesitations when it comes to building a relationship with a financial advisor and creating an investment strategy that fits your individual needs. If you want to discuss other common investment myths then let’s chat.

 

*This content was originally created by Manulife Securities for information purposes only. It has been distributed for advisor publication.*

4 Questions to Ask Your Financial Advisor

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Did you know a financial advisor can help you live your best possible life within your personal budget? According to The Investment Funds Institute of Canada, you are more likely to become wealthy if you meet with your financial advisor on a regular basis. “Academic studies confirm the higher levels of wealth achieved by those who use advisors on an ongoing basis. These investors also have better savings habits and are more confident in their ability to meet their retirement income needs.”

 

As your financial advisor, I help structure your finances and set attainable goals. All the while ensuring you’re on track and on time to meet financial milestones. I won’t say you can’t buy a sports car or take on the home renovation project of your dreams; my job to help you manage those plans along with your core financial goals. If you want to improve your finances, all you have to do is ask.

 

Here are four questions to ask your financial advisor:

 

Am I ready to retire?

To find out if you’re ready to retire, we’ll explore your financial situation as well as your goals. This will help determine if you’re ready to leave the workforce based on how much money you have saved and what type of lifestyle you want (and can afford) during retirement.

 

How much money do I need to save for retirement?

The amount needed for retirement is based on several factors, both personal and financial. These financial factors include your own personal savings accounts and group savings plans as well as outside sources of income such as the Canada Pension Plan and Old Age Security. 

 

Personal factors that determine how much you need to save for retirement include your target retirement age as well as your tolerance for risk with different investment options.

 

Where is the best place to put my money?

We will work together to determine your current and future financial goals and figure out the most efficient way to reach them. The way you save and how you want to withdraw money in retirement will determine how we invest now.

 

There are several different account options available such as a Tax-Free Savings Account, a Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP) and non-registered investment accounts.

 

How can I earn interest on my investments?

Earning interest and other returns on your investments is a great feeling and it helps your account value grow over time. You can earn different levels of return on your investments including interest, dividends and capital gains. 

 

The type of return earned depends on the type of investment option chosen, income investments provide different levels of security and returns than equity investments. As your financial advisor, I can help determine the best investment options and strategy.

 

It’s important to plan your financial future with eyes wide open. This includes staying informed and working with a professional. You want to know how much money you need in retirement, which account type is best for your goals (and your taxes) and what types of investment options are available. When it comes to your finances, no question is too small and every question is important. Let’s work together to answer your financial questions and plan for retirement. 

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