Balancing Personal Concerns with DIY Investment Planning During Global Disasters


The recent economic turmoil in global markets has show how volatile the financial world can be. This volatility tends to increase dramatically during a global disaster or unexpected situation. During this time, it is easy to be concerned and wary of investing. However, there are several tips that should be followed that could help you to manage your personal concerns while also being a prudent investor during these challenging times. 
 
Allocate Based on Time Until Goal Deadline 
One tip that should always be followed when you are saving for a long-term goal, such as retirement or paying for a child’s education, is to manage your asset allocation based on the time until the goal deadline. If your goal is to prepare for retirement and you still have multiple decades until this date comes, you can be more aggressive and invest more heavily in stocks. However, if you are less than a decade away, more of your funds should be in low-risk bods. This will ensure you do not see your portfolio wiped out during a period of intense volatility. 
 
Do Not Panic Sell 
One of the biggest mistakes that people make during a period of turmoil is selling their assets too soon. When the market drops several days in a row and things appear rough, many people will end up selling to avoid further losses. However, when you do this, you are bound to miss out on the gains that follow a decline. While it comes with stress, you should avoid trying to time the market.  
 
Continue to Buy 
When the markets are declining, you should consider this to actually be an opportunity. In many cases, the value of the company that you are buying into will be much higher than the market capitalization during a recession. These declined stock prices will allow you to buy more shares, which eventually should increase back up in value.  
 
Take Advantage of Recession Benefits 
While there are a lot of challenges that come with recessions, there are some economic advantages as well. During a recession, you will often see a reduction in interest rates and prices on consumer goods. At this time, you should look to refinance your mortgage or see if you can get a good deal on the purchase of a car, electronics or furniture. Due to decreased demand, there are often great promotions that will save you a lot of money.