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Important Factors

  • Investment Objectives - MOST IMPORTANT FACTORS
  • Investment Policies
  • Quality of Management
  • Risk Factors
  • Convenience and Services
  • Special Features
  • Minimum Purchase Requirements
  • Sales and distribution charges

Investment Objectives

  • Preservation of capital - keeping money safe by purchasing high grade bonds and money market securities.
  • Current income - investments that pay interest and dividends (bonds, preferred stocks, high yielding common stocks, income funds, etc.)
  • Growth of invested capital - buying stocks of growth companies that reinvest money instead of paying dividends.

Performance Statics - examined may include:

  • Total Return - gains and income
  • Total Yield - income

Investment Strategies

  • Diversification - Investors can minimize the risk that a particular security might decrease in value by diversifying investments (buying several different securities or funds at once). NOTE: Diversification reduces business risk, but does not eliminate market risk or interest risk.
  • Defensive Investment Strategy - investing a large portion of the portfolio in bonds and a small portion in equity securities.
  • Aggressive Investment Strategy - investing a large portion of the portfolio in equity securities and a small portion in bonds.

Financial Status

  • Yearly income Expenses - Ex: mortgage, college expenses, insurance etc.
  • Discretionary income - Income that is not needed for necessities (money that can be risked)
  • Assets and liabilities - What the investor owns as compared to what he or she owes Assets: cash, securities, cars, properties, etc. Liabilities: rent, mortgage payments, taxes, car payments, bills, etc. NOTE: Net worth = Assets - Liabilities
  • Liquid assets - cash, liquid securities, etc.
  • Insurance needs - Life, Health, etc.
  • Participation in retirement programs - IRAs, Keogh, Pension Plans, etc.
  • Tax status - Tax bracket. Does the investor have the need for additional write-offs?

Risk Tolerance

  • Short and long-term liquidity needs - Child going college, buying a house, retiring soon, etc.
  • Fluctuations in value of invested capital - Can investors handle the ups and downs of the market?
  • Income level changes - Expecting a raise, retiring soon, etc.
  • Purchasing power of income and/or principal - Can investors handle inflation risk if keeping money safe?