Better Investment Experience – Part Five

Look Beyond the Headlines & Focus on What You Can Control

This is the fifth and final article of a five-part series that will help you have a better investment experience. This isn’t a deep-dive into investing or the markets, but rather some basic concepts that investors often lose sight of.

Look Beyond the Headlines

Every day, we are inundated with all sorts of information. We have numerous 24-hour news channels, email, internet, social media, etc.. It’s everywhere and unavoidable for most of us. While some effects are undoubtedly positive, like having the ability to learn about virtually anything that interests us, some are negative, such as more isolation and shortened attentions spans. Also, positive or negative, many of us may react to what we see or find it hard not to take one action or another.

As Daily market news and commentary can challenge your investment discipline. Some messages stir anxiety about the future while others tempt you to chase the latest investment fad. When headlines unsettle you, consider the source and maintain a long‐term perspective.

News and financial commentary can influence people’s view of investing. Without a strong investment philosophy to guide them, they also may follow the advice of friends, neighbors, or family, especially if the “insight” promises a fast, easy return.

But growing wealth has no shortcuts. Success requires a solid investment approach, a long-term perspective, and discipline to stay the course.

Focus on What You Can Control

To have a better investment experience, people should focus on the things they can control.

It starts with an advisor creating an investment plan based on market principles, informed by financial science, and tailored to a client’s specific needs and goals. Along the way, an advisor can help clients focus on actions that add investment value, such as managing expenses and portfolio turnover while maintaining broad diversification.

Equally important, an advisor can provide knowledge and encouragement to help investors stay disciplined through various market conditions.

A financial advisor can offer expertise and guidance to help you focus on actions that add value. This can lead to a better investment experience.

So, while news and information are seemingly coming at us from all directions, it’s important to remember that once we’ve worked out a solid financial plan suited to our situation and goals, to stay the course. However, if you feel something may warrant a reaction, you should discuss your concerns with your advisor. Even if you take no action, it’s important for your advisor to know of your concerns.

This is the last article of this series and we thank you for joining us. If you wish to revisit this or any of our articles or find out more information, please visit our website at

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