With investment generally the more risk you are prepared to accept will lead to higher returns over the long-term but also normally means more volatility (up and down movements) which can be very scary to the inexperienced investor and may mean you making bad decisions should your investments fall unexpectedly.
Investing in cash and bonds to deliver a predictable return may seem prudent but over the long-term inflation could wipe out any gains you make whereas investing in property and shares is likely to give you a return over the long-term significantly above inflation, making your money work harder for you but you have to live with the increased volatility.
Combining different types of investment (property, shares, bonds and cash) via an asset allocation model can help to even out these swings in value, especially if they are "non-correlated" (i.e. their prices move independently). This is why it usually makes sense for investors to have some exposure to bonds and cash even though their long-term potential is less than that of property and shares.
The asset allocation of a portfolio has a direct impact on the level of risk as does the timeframe for investment. If you need the money in three years’ time, you should take much less risk than if you intend to invest for twenty years.
We will help determine the risk you are prepared to take, talk about the options for maximising your return within your risk tolerance and then select a suitable model portfolio with you. Our investment models reflect your financial goals, attitude to risk and your investment timeframe. We invest in a range of asset classes, spreading your investments and thereby reducing your risk.
The value of investments and the income they produce can fall as well as rise. You may get back less than you invested.
Tax treatment varies according to individual circumstances and is subject to change.
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The value of your investment can go down as well as up and you may not get back the full amount invested. The levels and bases of and reliefs from taxation are subject to change and their value depends on the individual circumstances of the investor.