Diversity: Why it matters as much in finances as in relationshipsThis content is categorized as:
Finding social groups where you belong is human nature, and associating with people who have similar ideas and interests is a comfortable place to start.
Why leave the comfort zone? Whether it’s with a social group, ideas or a job, leaving what’s comfortable to explore new territory sometimes seems intimidating. It may even feel unnecessary. But expanding your social circle is often where personal and professional growth happens. Adding diverse elements to life helps improve well-being and education, form connections and build empathy, all of which have benefits now and later in life.
Financial diversity matters
In addition to education, careers and relationships, diversity also plays an important role in finances. Most people have a diversified financial strategy, even if they don’t consciously think about it.
- Allocating monthly income. Everyone’s priorities are different, but paychecks can cover a lot of ground, from daily living expenses to retirement savings, insurance premiums, health care costs and more.
- Investing for the long-term. Generally financial experts tout the benefits of diversified investment strategies to help maximize long-term outcomes. For example, filling your portfolio with many “safe” investments, like bonds, may work against you. Because they typically have lower returns, you may miss out on higher growth potential other asset classes could offer.
- Balancing risk. At the same time, if your portfolio is invested entirely in stocks, for example, the opposite may be true. While there is opportunity for higher growth, market volatility may put too much of your portfolio at risk.
In terms of retirement readiness, financial professionals generally prefer diversified strategies because they spread out risk. They also offer enough flexibility to make adjustments as your specific goals or needs change. There are reliable ways to find middle ground with growth opportunities to continue building your assets, protect them from volatility and lock in income guarantees for the future.
“As market conditions fluctuate, so do one’s goals, strategies, and timelines. Annuities can help provide peace of mind by protecting savings from market loss and creating a lifetime income.”
- Mike Downing, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer | Athene
The power of diversification
You’ve likely heard, “Don’t put all your eggs in one basket,” an expression often associated with finances. Diversification is more than just having different baskets. It’s what’s in them that makes a difference.
Allocating investments among different classes can be a powerful way to help manage risk and increase the potential for higher returns. But to fully optimize investment outcomes, there’s more to consider than a 60/40 split between stocks and bonds, for example.
Diversifying your money within the same asset class provides a deeper level of diversification that may be more beneficial in the long run. The idea is similar to allocating 401(k) contributions with a target date fund. Based on your risk tolerance and time until retirement, the fund allocates your investments to maximize growth the further you are from retirement and gradually exposes your savings to less risk the closer you get to retirement. This approach exposes you to growth opportunities while there’s time to recover lost ground and gradually lowers the risk exposure as retirement approaches.
A similar approach is available within fixed indexed annuities by using multiple custom index options. They allow diversification within the annuity which helps maximize growth potential and provides a level of protection from volatility. The strategy is called decorrelation, which means fluctuations in the returns of two indices move in opposite directions. Because index fluctuations tend to offset each other, the opposition helps smooth out overall returns.
“Financial professionals and retirement savers need to know that the tax benefits, protection from market loss, and growth potential they seek in a retirement savings vehicle may all be found in a fixed indexed annuity.”
- Adam Politzer, Senior Vice President and Chief Product Officer | Athene
Custom indices drive value
Investors’ changing needs and advanced technology have prompted large investment banks and other organizations in the industry to develop custom indices inside of a fixed indexed annuity to help meet the demands of today’s consumer. Custom indices provide rules-based allocation, meaningful insulation from volatile markets and increased potential for positive outcomes.
Two ways a custom index adds value:
- Built-in diversification improves the balance between risk and reward.
Preset algorithms determine the composition of the index and weight the individual components through time to spread out investments among one or more asset classes, reduce risk and smooth out returns.
- Volatility control feature helps ensure a “smoother ride.”
A holistic strategy can help you stay on track
Just as widening your circle of influence adds depth and value to relationships and how you spend time, diversity also adds significant value in finances, such as maximizing opportunities for growth and protection to your retirement portfolio.
Ask your financial professional about how fixed indexed annuity options could diversify and help improve your investment outcomes. Or, learn how an Athene annuity, such as a FIA, could add value to your retirement plan.
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Indexed annuities are not stock market investments and do not directly participate in any stock or equity investments. Market indices may not include dividends paid on the underlying stocks, and therefore may not reflect the total return of the underlying stocks; neither an index nor any market-indexed annuity is comparable to a direct investment in the equity markets.
A diversified allocation does not ensure positive interest credits in any given year. Diversification does not ensure positive Segment Credits or protect against negative Segment Credits.