Managing your wealth in an uncertain world

How to diversify your investments, reduce portfolio risk and invest during times of inflation.
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When times get tough, managing your wealth may seem daunting or even impossible. An economic downturn can pose a lot of uncertainty, for example. But there are plenty of ways to safeguard your financial well-being when it comes to investments, says Andrew D. Burish, managing director and financial advisor at UBS Financial Services Inc.

“Make sure you have a financial plan in place,” says Burish. While a rainy day can occur at any time, being prepared early can make all the difference and dissuade you from panic selling if you hold investments in stocks. “For those with a financial plan, if you don’t have a liquidity strategy in place, we would recommend minimizing your withdrawals from your investments to prevent a permanent impairment of your portfolio,” says Burish. “You can make tweaks to the portfolio, but history will show that as long as you stay invested, your portfolio will weather the storm.”

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But how can someone manage their wealth during a period of inflation? If you have investments in stocks, Burish suggests adding value stocks. “As inflation rises, it is likely that interest rates also rise, which in turn slows the economy down,” he says. Thus, you would want to consider a “tactical move to more ‘value’ or ‘dividend’ securities. In times of rising rates, these types of securities typically outperform their growth counterparts.”

However, this is also the time to add commodities or hard assets such as real estate to your investment portfolio. “Owning a portfolio of real estate, which can increase rents, can also be a good tactical decision in times of inflation.” You might also consider adding commodities such as energy, which, Burish says, “oftentimes correlate to high inflation, and can help mitigate potential losses on other assets.” If you are an accredited investor, you might look to diversify your portfolio with alternative investments. “Our [UBS] research shows that adding alternatives can provide various potential benefits for investors, including downside risk protection and higher returns,” he says. The Burish Group at UBS has the tools to help you prepare for uncertain times. Reach out today to learn more so you don’t have to face economic uncertainty alone. •

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