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Creating a diverse investment portfolio is an important part of lowering risk, protecting your money and increasing your chances of doing well. Focusing on one narrow investment area isn't the wisest idea, and you should make an effort to expand your interests. Recommendations can change and grow as time passes, and for 2018 it's worth thinking about how you might want to change your strategy from previous years. Even if you're just getting started with investing, you should consider the different ways you can diversify your portfolio for better risk management. Here are some of the things you might want to do this year.


Create an International Portfolio


Only investing in stocks and other assets within your own country isn't always the best idea. If the economy at home takes a downturn, you could be in trouble. Whether you're investing in the stock market or real estate, looking at possible investment opportunities in other countries is a smart idea. You can often discover some profitable options by looking outside of the bubble of your own country. However, before investing globally, it's important to research various factors that could influence your decisions. These could include economic and political factors that you should stay up to date with.



Choose Different Asset Types


Looking into different types of investment is an important part of diversifying your portfolio. Sometimes it's a good time for a particular type of investment, be it precious metals or real estate, and sometimes the conditions might not be so good. Make sure you look into lots of different opportunities and don't focus on the most prominent or popular ones. You can often find alternative ways to invest in things, like industrial REITs giving you a way into real estate. There are many ways to invest your money, and you don't have to be limited to a few different options.


Invest in Varying Sectors


Don't make the mistake of putting all your money into the same market. If you invest a lot of money in the retail sector and consumer spending starts to slow down, you could be regretting your decision. Try to look into different areas and invest in businesses in varying sectors. The more diverse you can get, the better. Many sectors will influence each other, so you don't want anything that's too close to each other. Choose investments in different areas so that they're more spread out.



Have a Flexible Strategy


Your investment strategy is another factor that can influence your portfolio. Some investors pick a strategy and stick to it no matter what. But if you're willing to be flexible with your strategy, you can bend your actions to fit certain market conditions or the latest events. It can be tempting to label yourself as a particular type of investor, but there's no need to be so rigid. A more flexible approach could help you in the long-term.


A diverse portfolio will help you to protect your assets. Make sure you regularly review your investments to ensure your portfolio is balanced.

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