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Basic tips to create an investment portfolio

A well-diversified investment portfolio is the most critical aspect of building wealth. When people first start investing, they often need to diversify their portfolios properly. In this post, we’ll cover basic tips on creating an investment portfolio that suits your needs and goals.

Your investment portfolio is a collection of your investments

Your investment portfolio is a collection of your investments. 

It should include cash, stocks, bonds, mutual funds, and other materials you own. Your investment portfolio should be designed to grow in value over time and earn you more money by doing so.

Assets and liability are the two most important terms for your investment portfolio

An asset appreciates over time, adding value to your life and increasing your net worth. Examples of assets include:

  • Stocks and bonds.
  • Real estate holdings.
  • Intellectual property rights.
  • Other investments that can be sold for cash later on.

A liability is anything that costs you money or depreciates over time. So purchasing an old car would be considered a liability because it will cost you money every year to keep it running and insured.

When starting an investment portfolio, make sure your financial advisor is a registered fiduciary who works with your interests first instead of their own bottom line

Registered investment advisors (RIAs) are required to act in the best interests of their clients and cannot engage in any activity that would be considered “self-dealing.” They can’t benefit from commissions or sales charges paid by brokerage firms for selling insurance products like annuities. 

They also can’t receive kickbacks for referring clients to other third parties. You can ask your prospective advisor if they are registered as an RIA. That’s one way of ensuring you’re working with someone who has the proper qualifications and isn’t looking out only for themselves.

An index mutual fund provides broad market exposure, low operating expenses, and low portfolio turnover

An index mutual fund is a type of mutual fund managed to match or track the components of a market index, such as the S&P 500. 

These funds are often referred to as “passively managed” or “index-based”. Their portfolio holdings are designed to replicate or reflect the performance of an existing benchmark rather than attempt to outperform it.

Benefits include broad market exposure, low operating expenses, and low portfolio turnover.


There are many ways to invest in the market. Starting out with a simple portfolio can help you understand how your investments work and how they impact your portfolio. 

The more informed you are about what makes up your investment portfolio, the better prepared you will be to make informed decisions about what’s best for your own financial goals.