Can I diversify my portfolio by investing in different types of ETFs - meaning in REITs ETFs, Bonds ETFs, Stocks ETFs, etc? If yes, any suggestions on how I can do so with the lowest transaction fees? - Seedly
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Anonymous

Asked on 09 Jun 2020

Can I diversify my portfolio by investing in different types of ETFs - meaning in REITs ETFs, Bonds ETFs, Stocks ETFs, etc? If yes, any suggestions on how I can do so with the lowest transaction fees?

Have $10k and am looking to invest around $1k each month to DCA and would like to diversify into different areas while spreading out the investment over a period of time instead of lump sum. But platforms like Saxo Market have pretty high transaction fees that eat into returns. Any recommendations on what broker/platform to use for small scale investors looking to buy a variety of ETFs monthly?

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Jovan Lai
Jovan Lai
Level 4. Prodigy
Updated 2d ago

Hi Anon!

I would like to share a less talked about point on diversification. Over-diversification can expose you to more risk than it reduces.

It is important, as Warren Buffett mentioned, to stick within our circle of competence. Buying into something we do not understand for the sake of diversification can actually expose us to more risk than we think. It is the same as investing in something we have not done our research about and did it because others are doing so.

Diversification is unique, there are many takes on it, some say use the formula

110 - age = % of stocks

More conservative portfolios like Ray Dalio's all weather portfolio has a mix of bonds, commodities and equities.

Other portfolios like Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, Cathie Wood, Adam Khoo, Bill Ackman and many more, are fully or mostly into equities only. However, within their portfolio, it is diversified into different types of stocks.

Diversification is important! I’m definitely not against it! But it is very subjective and I’m just trying to point out that even though many seem to say spread it out amongst equities, gold, bonds, that is just one view on diversification. There are many great investors that argue otherwise.

Ultimately, stick with what you have affinity to, know your risk tolerance, financial goals and circle of competence. Becareful investing into something for the sake of diversification if you do not understand much about that market/industry/sector. It may cause us to make poor decisions in times of un-met expectations. i.e. sell when its low only to see it go up tremendously OR buy when its high and take ages to see any returns.​​​

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Kenny Leow
Kenny Leow
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Answered 2d ago

Depends on how much you wanna get yourself involved in the process.

Robo-advisors helps you invest and takes that decision making off from you by using their application algrorythem. Financial advisors if you want to have a bit of a 'human touch' and a say of how you want to invest.

Personally I'll recommend Syfe and Stashaway since they are easy to use and don't charge a lot.

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Answered on 09 Jun 2020

You can consider using robo advisories. some use ETFs as core part of their portfolios.

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