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How to avoid emotional investing

Tips to help you stay focused on the big picture


A long-term investment plan is the key to a successful retirement. It requires a disciplined approach because when ​​​​​​​the value of your investments is in flux – and it almost always will be – it’s hard not to let your emotional side take over.

When markets are falling and your investments decrease in value, you may become anxious, or worry about what impact it will have on your overall financial well-being (and consequently your retirement). And when markets take a turn the other way and start climbing, you may become a bit over-confident, willing to take on more risk to see your assets grow further.

These emotions are entirely understandable but acting on them in your investment portfolio can be detrimental.

So, how do I deal with this?

As difficult as it may be to watch the value of your portfolio decline, try to think of the long-term implications and remain calm. Here are a few suggestions:

There will always be reasons not to invest

The growth of $10,000 since January 2000. An investment cannot be made directly in an index. Graph does not reflect transaction coats, investment management fees or taxes. If such costs and fees were reflected, returns would be lower. Past performance is not a guarantee of future results. Performance data as of December 31, 2018.
Source: RBC Global Asset Management Inc.

Many advisors have been through multiple market cycles and have seen difficult periods before. Having an objective advisor who can share their expertise and provide you with advice during difficult times can be extremely important in keeping your plan on track.

Talk to your financial advisor about your retirement goals.

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