Investment Diversification

Spread your risk through diversification

If we could see into the future, there would be no need to diversify our investments.

We could merely choose a date when we needed our money back, then select the investment that would provide the highest return to that date. It might be a company share, or a bond, or gold, or any other kind of asset. The problem is that we do not have the gift of foresight.

Balanced Portfolio

Holding a balanced, diversified portfolio with a mix of investments can help protect it from the ups and downs of the market. In practical terms, diversification is holding investments which will react differently to the same market or economic event By diversifying your portfolio, you can aim to make these differences in performance work for you.

You can diversify your portfolio in a few different ways through funds that invest across:

  • Different types of investments
  • Different countries and markets
  • Different types of industries and companies

Asset Classes

Generally speaking, there are four broad asset classes:

  1. cash
  2. fixed interest (bonds)
  3. property
  4. shares (equities)

Since performance in any one asset class can be unpredictable depending on shifts in the market, investing across several asset classes can provide greater diversification potential. Therefore, if one asset class performs favourably, it can potentially offset another that is performing less favourably, providing more balance to your portfolio when market shifts occur.

You can find out more in our Guide to Investment Diversification.

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The value of investments can fall as well as rise. You may not get back what you invest.

Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future results and targets are not guaranteed.