Rebalancing your investment portfolio is an important part of managing your wealth. At the beginning of each year, it's essential to review your holdings and make any adjustments that are necessary to ensure you're meeting your financial goals. In this blog post, we will discuss why portfolio rebalancing is so important and how you can go about doing it.
Why You Should Rebalance Your Portfolio Annually
Rebalancing your portfolio is a smart move for several reasons. First, it allows you to adjust your asset allocations according to changes in the market or changes in your own personal risk tolerance or financial goals. It also helps keep you from taking on too much risk—by making sure that no one asset class dominates your holdings—and ensures that you have a diversified portfolio with a mix of stocks, bonds, and other investments. Finally, rebalancing forces you to periodically review your holdings and make sure they still align with what you want to achieve.
How to Rebalance Your Portfolio
Let's start by saying that we think this should be done with a Financial Advisor and that every case is different.
The first step in rebalancing is deciding on an appropriate asset allocation strategy—how much of each asset class should be included in your portfolio? This should be based on factors such as age, risk tolerance, investment goals, time horizon (short-term vs long-term), etc. Once that is determined, it’s time to actually rebalance the portfolio by selling off assets that have become overweight (i.e., those which now account for more than their desired percentage of the total) and buying assets that have become underweight (i.e., those which now account for less than their desired percentage). For example, if stock prices rise significantly during the year but bond prices remain steady, then stocks may account for too large a portion of the total portfolio; conversely if stock prices fall but bond prices remain steady then stocks may account for too small a portion of the total portfolio.
Rebalancing your investment portfolio on an annual basis
It is an important part of managing your wealth and ensuring that it remains properly diversified and aligned with your financial goals. By regularly reviewing and adjusting your holdings at the beginning of each year, you can help ensure that you stay on track towards achieving those goals while minimizing risk along the way. Remember that there are plenty of professional advisors out there who can help guide you through this process every step of the way!
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