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- Recession is approaching, says the Fed Reserve, so be prepared to protect your money.
- A balanced portfolio is an ideal way to remain invested during a recession and after.
- Always have a long-term plan for investment to stay safe during a downturn.
As rising inflation is weighing heavy on the common man, a likely recession can be more damaging in the coming days. The Fed’s tight monetary policies to contain rising inflation could trigger a recession. So, it is better to prepare oneself to wade through the tough times if they must come.
Here, we will discuss ways to protect your money and portfolios during the recession:
This is the time to think long-term about investing. Timing the market during a downturn is a tricky game. Investors should keep their money invested for the long term and wait until the storm subsides. One should properly evaluate the goals, the risk factors, and the time frame. Long-term investment plans do not fall prey to panic selling when the market is down. So, it helps to think in the long run and not follow others blindly. Always be fixed with the allocations and not alter anything when recession sets in.
The safe-haven assets can protect an investor during tough times in the market. However, one should always pick these safe assets before the recession and not after it. A judicious mix of cash and bonds would offer the necessary protection to one’s portfolio.
One should look for US government-backed bonds, which will cushion the portfolios with good returns when consumer prices surge faster. But the idea is to start before the recession because it will be difficult to eke out a damage-control once it sets in.
Diversifying the portfolio is a great idea to prevent losses during a recession. It is an old saying not to put all the eggs in a single basket, which holds true even during normal times. A healthy mix of fixed income, equities, alternative investments, private equity, and real assets can be called a balanced portfolio. This is a perfect diversification for any investor, new or seasoned.
Always remember never to run after top-rated stocks in the market. If past trends are to be looked at closely, tech-heavy Nasdaq has always plummeted during any recession. It fell over 80% during the dot com bust.
One should remember that not all recessions are the same. Each one in the past had been different. Not all recessions are akin to the Great Recession that happened between 2007 and 2009. If a recession occurs in the near future as the market is anticipating at the moment, let’s hope it is less severe than the earlier ones.
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