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Asked by Anonymous

Asked on 02 Mar 2019

I’m 26 this year and just started working, should I start with a ETF as my first investment?

What investment instruments would you recommend


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Hi Anon,

The first step of your investment journey would be to read up and understand what investing is. Although there are so many financial advisors out ther who can help you with this, I'd suggest that you go for a robo-advisory platform to do the job of assessing your current financial position and recommend a portfolio strategy after reviewing your risk profile. As for the "catch", I would say that Robo-advisors are still not very different from your ordinary financial advisors as both options will still have a management fee incurred for users. The difference lies with the amount, as Robo-advisors have lower management fees.

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Tai Zhi
Tai Zhi, Chief Investment Officer at Autowealth
Level 6. Master
Updated on 05 Mar 2019

I have shared this during last Saturday's panel.

The worst nightmare for investors who just got started is to take excessive risk, suffer a catastrophic loss, lost confidence and then never ever invest again.

(1) Start low risk, build confidence before gradually increasing portfolio risk

Investors who just got started should go low risk first. Be patient. Go through a market correction to feel the market fluctuations and better understand your emotional resilience towards market volatility (ie fluctuations). When you gain more confidence and experience, gradually increase your portfolio risk to accelerate your wealth accumulation.

(2) Invest broadly to diversify away risk

Do not be too narrowly focused, diversify broadly so that specific market developments like U.S.-China trade tensions will not cause a catastrophic loss.

Therefore, try to start off with a globally-diversified portfolio of stocks ETFs and bonds ETFs with a higher allocation to bonds ETFs. For example, you may consider starting with the AutoWealth Conservative Portfolio (60% global government bonds ETFs 40% global stocks ETFs) before switching to a portfolio with higher risk.

Check out our blog posts for other useful investment insights and concepts: https://www.autowealth.sg/blog/