5 Key Factors to Consider Before Investing

Investing in the markets is tricky, and often comes with a great deal of risk, especially over the short term. Even when stocks on a solid upswing, as they were for most of the time period between 2009 and 2020, the wrong investment strategy can cause serious damage to your portfolio.

But investing is not only about asset allocation, asset location, and P/E ratios: it’s also about you as an individual. Are you prepared to take a loss if you need to sell some assets? Do you have a suitable time frame for investing in order to potentially lessen that risk of loss? What are your goals for the money you want to invest? These are just some of the questions you need to ask yourself before you commit any amount of money to the stock market.  Whether times are good or times are volatile, those issue are important.

In this week’s Lucia Capital Group Weekly video, “Professor” Rick Plum and show host John Dean discuss the 5 Key Factors to Consider Before Investing.

Important Information:

The information provided should not be considered specific tax, legal, or investment advice and is not specific to any individual’s personal circumstances. To the extent that this material concerns tax matters, it is not intended or written to be used, and cannot be used, by a taxpayer for the purpose of avoiding penalties that may be imposed by law. Each taxpayer should seek independent advice from a tax professional based on his or her individual circumstances. This material was gathered from sources believed to be reliable, however, its accuracy cannot be guaranteed.

Different types of investments and/or investment strategies involve varying levels of risk, and there can be no assurance that any specific investment or investment strategy (including the investments purchased and/or investment strategies devised by Lucia Capital Group (“LCG”)) will be either suitable or profitable for a client's or prospective client's portfolio, thus, investments may result in a loss of principal. Accordingly, no client or prospective client should assume that the presentation (or any component thereof) serves as the receipt of, or a substitute for, personalized advice from LCG or from any other investment professional.

You should always seek counsel of the appropriate advisor prior to making any investment decision. All investments are subject to risk including the loss of principal. This material was gathered from sources believed to be reliable, however, its accuracy cannot be guaranteed.

IRA withdrawals will be taxed at ordinary income rates. Withdrawals prior to age 59½ may also be subject to a 10% penalty tax.

Examples cited are hypothetical, are for illustrative purposes only, are not guaranteed and subject to potential federal and state law amendments. There is no guarantee that you will achieve the results discussed or illustrated.

A dollar cost averaging strategy does not guarantee a profit or protection from loss. Since such an investment plan involves continual investment in securities regardless of fluctuating price levels, you must consider your willingness to continue purchasing during periods of high or low-price levels.

Raymond J. Lucia Jr. is chairman of Lucia Capital Group (“LCG”), a registered investment advisor and CEO of its affiliated broker-dealer, Lucia Securities, LLC (“LSL”), member FINRA/SIPC. Advisory services offered through LCG. Securities offered through LSL. Registration with the SEC does not confer any certain level of expertise or training. Rick Plum is a registered representative of, and offer securities through, LSL. Rick Plum also offers advisory services offered through LCG. John Dean is an associated person of LSL.

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