Make active decisions about the appropriate mix of asset classes based on your assessment of the economy, and your expectations around risk and return.
Investors who focus on “fundamentals," such as a company's earnings, are better positioned to make smart investment decisions, as are those who are mindful of both the obvious and hidden risks in each asset class.
You could sell investments at a loss to offset gains, time your sales to lower tax pressure and make sure your assets are located in the appropriate accounts (e.g., keeping higher-growth assets in a tax-deferred account).
The above-average returns we've seen since 2009 are unlikely to reoccur, especially in fixed income. Don't solely focus on yield — aim for a well-balanced, broadly diversified group of investments.
Fixed income investors should combine both long- and short-term bonds, and perhaps also further diversify their portfolios with alternative asset classes.
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