Issues To Consider When Reviewing Your Investments
> Do the goals, time horizon, and objectives of your investment
portfolio need to be reviewed, updated, or documented?
If so, consider the following:
- If you are funding a planned major purchase or expenditure,
review your timeframe and liquidity needs.
- If you intend to transfer an account to future generations, ensure that it is managed and titled properly, and addressed in your estate plan.
> Do you need to assess or review your risk tolerance?
If so, consider your resources, earning capacity, philosophy, phase of life, and personal financial goals. Also weigh your capacity and need for risk.
> Do you need to determine if you are on track to meet your
If so, consider the following:
- Ensure that your expected returns (growth and income) are
- Apply appropriate inflation adjustments.
- Review your retirement and life expectancy projections.
> If you are taking distributions, have the spending and distribution rates been reviewed?
> Do you need to review performance measurement methods?
> Do you have assets outside of your portfolio and/or future
sources of income (e.g., pension. social security)?
If so, consider how these resources affect your risk tolerance. A reliable lifetime income stream, from outside of your portfolio, could offset portfolio risk.
> Does your aggregate asset allocation need to be reviewed?
If so, consider reviewing your portfolio as a whole to help identify/avoid concentrations etc.
> Do the investment selection criteria need to be reviewed and
If so, consider the investment philosophy and expense ratios for each investment, and the trading activity within each account.
> Do the investment monitoring criteria need to be reviewed and updated?
If so, consider the performance relative to peers and any changes to the investment manager team.
> If you rebalance your portfolio, does the rebalance plan need to be reviewed?
If so, consider whether this should be done periodically, or when allocations drift from their targets by a predetermined amount.
> Are you taking or planning to take distributions from the
If so, consider your allocation to cash, and strategies to raise cash.
> Do you have any significant positions that represent a large portion of your portfolio (such as company stock)?
If so, you may be subject to concentration risk.
> Do you have any investments you want to own or exclude from your portfolio?
If so, note your instructions and rationale (e.g., legacy, professional, tax considerations). If you would like to align your investing with ethical considerations, explore socially responsible investing (SRI), environmental, social, and governance (ESG), and impact investing strategies.
> Is there a plan in place during periods of market decline?
> Do you need help understanding investment fees and charges?
(including management, transactional, sales loads, commissions, etc.)?
> Do you need to assess how future contributions will be handled?
> Do/did you participate in any employer stock plans?
If so, monitor your rights to shares, their tax treatment, and the percentage of your overall portfolio that consists of employer stock, mitigating any concentration.
> Does the frequency of any account reviews and monitoring need to be updated?
> Do the roles and responsibilities of interested parties, professionals, fiduciaries, or others involved need to be reviewed?
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