The safest stock portfolio for retirement may not be the safest stock you can own, according to new research from Bankrate.com.
But the research also finds that investing in low-risk, high-yield, diversified stocks could be a better option than keeping your stocks in a single investment.
“You may not need to have a $50,000 portfolio of bonds and stocks, but the savings will be there,” says Bill Stoltenberg, chief investment officer at Bankrate, the online banking and savings resource.
“So that’s what I’m trying to do with this piece.
I’m going to try and show you what the best investments are.”
He says that there’s no single best way to invest, but he thinks diversification could be the key to staying safe in retirement.
“If you’re investing in a portfolio that has low risk, high yield, and diversified, you’re not going to want to get your risk in excess of 10 percent.
That’s the average risk that you’re going to have in a 10 percent portfolio,” he says.
“The best way is to look at a portfolio of high-quality, high income stocks, low risk stocks and high yield bonds.”
Stoltenburg says he’s used his experience to help other investors figure out how to keep their portfolios safer.
“The key thing that I’ve found is to start with diversified assets and then move up to high-diversified assets,” he explains.
“It’s the right way to start, but it’s also the right time to start because it really comes down to a few things: what are the most valuable stocks and bonds?”
In this article, we look at the best high-value stocks and what they do for you in retirement, as well as the worst stocks and bond companies that have a bad track record.
Read the Bankrate piece here:Best stocks to buy for retirementBest stocks for retirementInvestors should be looking at a range of stocks, including high-growth, low-cost and diversifying, says Billstopper.
The best stocks to keep are the ones that have the lowest risk and high yields, he says, because those are the stocks that you’ll be investing in.
He says there’s a difference between stocks with an average dividend yield of 4 percent and stocks with annual dividends of 8 percent or more.
Stolts says the risk of investing in the wrong stocks is also a big factor, since a low-yielding portfolio is less likely to return you a profit than a high-Yield portfolio, which is usually more likely to produce an annual return.
“A lot of people say, well, if I’m getting a 4 percent return, I’m better off investing in bonds,” he notes.
“And that’s a valid point.
But a 4-percent yield is not going, you know, $1,000 in bonds, $2,000 or $3,000 of bonds, but a 4 or 5 percent yield is going to be more likely.
So you might want to look for those that are a little bit more expensive.”
And if you’re getting a 2 percent or 3 percent return in stocks, then you’ll likely be better off with a diversified portfolio.
“In a 2-percent-per-year portfolio, the return of your portfolio is the risk you’re taking,” he suggests.
“In a 3-percent portfolio, you’ll probably be better for it because you’re less likely that you have to reinvest in the portfolio.
If you want to stay ahead of the curve, he adds, the best stocks are those with annual dividend yields between 2 and 5 percent.”
That’s why a 2 percentage-per/year portfolio might be better, if you can take advantage of the higher risk.
If you want to stay ahead of the curve, he adds, the best stocks are those with annual dividend yields between 2 and 5 percent.
That’s the best value stock to invest in.
The research also found that if you want a diversifying portfolio, then stocks that have been in the black have a higher risk than those that have not.””
If you think that you need to buy an investment that has an annual dividend yield between 2 percent and 5, you are probably going to need to do that, because if you invest the same asset over and over again, the yield goes up and the risk goes down,” he adds.
The research also found that if you want a diversifying portfolio, then stocks that have been in the black have a higher risk than those that have not.
“There’s an example that comes to mind, that if the yield of the S&P 500 index is 3 percent, and it’s a 50-year bond, and you want it to be 5 percent, that’s going to take more risk,” Stolts explains.
“But if you go to a bond fund that has a 5 percent risk, it’s not going a lot of risk.”
In other words, investing in high-risk stocks will not protect you from financial losses.