Thursday, August 23, 2012

How to Manage Our Asset Allocation

Personal finance books and websites discuss about risk appetites in engaging into investments suitable for our own personal short-term and long-term needs.  It has been a wonder to me what the “proper” asset allocation would be for all assets available in the market: equities, bonds, cash, and alternative assets (such as real estates, and businesses).  I believe that part of managing our personal finances is creating a system to where we would like to put our assets on that would give us passive and earned income in the coming years.

While I embark on this road of personal finance, I did the following (and those that I should have done) which I hope would also help you guys in how to properly manage our assets:

·        Financial Budget – For most of us who derive our income from our monthly salary, we all know how much our monthly income is, net of government fees (ie: taxes and social security).  By knowing how much we “actually” receive each month, we would be able to determine how much we allocate from our salary going to other assets (ie: equities, bonds, bank deposits, etc.) that can generate other income.  As always personal finance management starts at this stage.

·        Financial Forecast / Projection – The Internet has provided us ready information with just one click of the mouse.  Financial statements of listed companies are readily available in their websites, thereby giving us a chance to study their financial performance if we want to be part of its shareholders.  Banks and mutual funds have summary of their earnings during each quarter/year that would give us hint on how much is the average % of income they earn.  The question is: how much do we want our money to grow?  If we are able to have an answer for this, then we would be able to decide where we would like to put our money to invest into.

·        Financial Risk – This is always part of life.  We have to do our own due diligence through study and research of investment/business ventures that we want to engage into.  Asking people who have similar experience (ie: looking for a financial mentor) is one step ahead to manage risk.

·        Financial Terms – As part of our own decision to manage our finances, we have to get ourselves familiarize with the financial terms going on in our environment.  Reading financial books is FREE anyway. It is by the books we read and the words we use that influence how we deal about with our daily life.  Do we want to take good care of our assets and finances? Then, study the financial world.  (It’s not too complicated - it is just simply learning what cash inflow, outflow and other financial terms are.) *winks

·        Fire and Aim on It! – Actions speak louder than words.  What’s the use of this nosebleeding financial lingo I’ve been talking above if no actions are taken?  Go out there. Invest. Learn. And share those blessings to the world. =)

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There goes. It’s the accountant in me who is talking about those stuffs above. J

Keep learning and keep on moving forward!

Lyn-Lyn \(",)/

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