You are on this forum to learn more about money, investments and behaviour.
I am sure you have done a great job so far. You have made investment decisions based on your reading and understanding. And most of them have been ‘so far, so good’.
However, you would not mind an opportunity to learn more, right? Great!
It will be important to note here that the process of learning is powered by practice and reflection.
While practice is the art of perfecting, it is reflection which provides for insights through serious evaluation of the practice and principles.
Today, I intend to take you down the path of ‘reflection‘.
Reflection starts with questions.
I am offering you 10 very simple questions you can use to reflect on your investment portfolio.
One thing I can promise is that you will get substantial clarity after this exercise. So, here we go.
10 questions to help you reflect on your investment portfolio
- Do my investments have a purpose? Are their specific goals that I want to achieve?
- What were the selection criteria for these investments? Was it only returns / performance or any other criteria too?
- What is the overall composition (asset allocation) of my portfolio? Is it adequately diversified?
- Do I know the return of the entire portfolio and not just of each investment?
- What is the benchmark against which I will evaluate the performance of my portfolio? What return is required to help you assess if the portfolio is meeting your expectations?
- Do I know the costs of these investments? Transaction costs, Advice costs – One-time or ongoing; How will they affect the performance of the portfolio?
- How often do I review the portfolio? Daily, monthly, quarterly, half-yearly or yearly? What’s the purpose of the review?
- When will I make an exit (basically sell) from any investment in the portfolio? Why?
- What will I do when the markets go wild – like a yo-yo?
- Who’s my investment advisor? A bank relationship manager, mutual fund distributor, life insurance agent, SEBI Registered Investment Advisor or your uncle, friend, colleague?
Feel free to add your own. There are some links of my posts within these questions, in case you feel like reading up more.
I believe it would help you prepare yourself better to handle your investment portfolio.
What to do?
I recommend that you take a screenshot of the questions screen on your mobile/desktop or maybe just print these questions on paper. Take some time out, whenever you can and think about each of the questions. Write down your answers.
Additional tip: There is great power in learning with others – peers, friends or family. Use these questions to sit down with your group and think and reflect.
You also have the option to use this blog for the same. The comments section is an opportunity to interact with other readers including me.
I eagerly await a healthy discussion through reflection.