Dealing with Investment Anxiety: 3 Tips

Posted on: 15 November 2017

While most people make financial investments as a way of reducing stress by ensuring that they can enjoy an early retirement or pay for their children's college education, the actual investments themselves can generate a lot of anxiety in the present moment. Below is a guide which will help you to worry less about your financial investments.

Remember that most financial investments are long-term

If you have invested in the stock market, it can be very easy to fall into the habit of watching every rise and fall in the price of the stock you have purchased. A period where the stock loses value can be very stressful. However, it is important to remember that your financial investment is all about long-term returns. If you keep this in mind, you will realise that the daily or weekly turbulence in the performance of the stock market is not something you need to worry about. 

Reassess the information which led you to make a certain investment decision

Sometimes, investors become stressed because they lose touch with their original thinking behind an investment decision. If you decided to invest in a blue-chip company a decade ago, you might find yourself wondering why you made the decision to make the initial investment. This questioning can lead to panic and the selling of shares. Before the panic takes hold, you should review the information you have on file which you used to make the original decision to invest. This will help you to establish the logic you used and will allow you to objectively decide if the investment is still a sound one to make. 

Choose your signals carefully

As a financial investor, you will have access to a massive amount of data from different sources, such as TV, company reports, financial blogs and detailed market data. If you do not moderate which types of data you choose to use as a signal for how your investment is performing, you will be overwhelmed. Trying to thinking about your investment when faced with too much data will cause stress. You should choose a small number of key signals which will allow you to block out the background noise generated by massive amounts of data.

If you would like further advice on how you can manage your investments, you should contact a qualified financial adviser today. They will be able to assess your portfolio before offering professional investment advice.