But before you get into asset management and hire yourself a professional, read through the items below to help orient yourself to the field of investing.
1. There are a lot of scams and con artists in the world
Money can make people do things that they will not normally do. This is a fact of life that you need to know before you start hiring somebody to handle your assets and properties. That way, you will be more careful when looking for asset managers.
When hiring somebody, make sure that you have done some background check first on the person. As much as you can, hire only those that you know personally. If you don’t know anyone who can handle your finances, ask the people that you know to recommend. Start with your family and friends as they will give you a good recommendation.
But before you hire the guy, set up a meeting first. Even if he or she is recommended by your most trusted friend, you cannot be too sure.
And after you have hired him or her, still take an active part with the investing of your money. Make sure that you are informed about every investment made. Do not give full power to the asset manager to decide on investing issues. Your approval must always be asked before making an investment.
This is the golden rule that asset managers go by. Diversification means that you need to put investments in more than one product and not in one investment product. The yield can be good but it isn’t worth it to risk your entire savings in one go.
If your asset manager has not done this, think twice before continuing the service. The adage "Do not put all your eggs in one basket" holds true for this field. You see investments can also be very risky. Even those that are considered a surefire success can suddenly fold, leaving you with big losses.
That is why you need to make sure that you have something to fall back on if one investment falls through. If you diversified your investments in asset management, you can still count on your other investments to prop you up on your feet again.