Is it time to increase Investment Risk?

06th Dec, 2012

With many investors moving out of growth assets over the past two years and placing their funds in cash, term deposits and fixed interest funds (bonds, credit and hybrids), now might be time to reassess one’s appetite for risk and start to considering re-allocating to growth assets (shares, property etc).

With interest rates at all time lows in most of the world’s leading economies, the risks building in to so called defensive assets could give rise to the next investment “bubble” sometime over the next 3/5 years. 

But how risk free are some of these investments?  For example we have seen income on term deposits fall from around 7% in 2009 to 4% (or less following the recent reduction in interest rates).  This represents a 42% reduction in income over the last three years. And, if you rely on that income to live, the only option you have will be draw down capital to make ends meet. Does this investment approach really achieve capital preservation?

Consequently, one needs to question whether the risk assessment of these defensive assets is really well understood in the current economic/investment climate.

Yes, risk and uncertainty remain on the high side, but risk is generally well off the highs of the 2008/2009 period and we need to once again look to take a more balanced approach to the competing demands of investment: risk (capital preservation) and return (longer term capital growth). The fact is no one single approach to investment will guarantee capital preservation.

We are not suggesting that people make a radical change to their investment strategy, but we do strongly believe that it is time that everyone re-assesses their strategy and consider increasing their exposure to longer term growth assets.

At The Wealth Creation Group, we will step you through the process and help you develop an investment strategy that balances the need for capital preservation and longer term capital growth.

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