Saturday, October 17, 2015

Do You Need Asset Management (part 1 of 2)

Do you need asset management? If you have a lot of businesses and can’t keep track at one instance, then the answer is yes. For such a task, you don’t hire someone inside the company but an outsider who has the expertise to watch over your financial investments.

Professionals who do this kind of work are employed by mutual fund companies. Unlike banks that just keep your money where it earns interest, these companies pool the resources of several investors and place them in different types of instruments. The most popular ones are listed below.

First is called fixed income. By definition, these are investments that will generate a regular flow of income for the investor. Clients that want to invest here are usually issued government bonds.

Next is equity. Unlike fixed income, there is a bit of risk involved here because you are investing in the stock market. To prevent losses, experts have to study the market, assess the ricks and volatility in order to get the best possible returns. Equity schemes are neither limited to a certain industry nor country. This means that it is possible to invest in the stock market in Europe or the Asia Pacific region.

There is also balanced where the mutual fund company will invest in a mix of assets such as shares, bonds and stocks. The risks are higher here but it may soon pay off in time especially for those who don’t mind waiting for a few years to get their investment back.

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