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Happy Friday Traders,
We have been featuring the importance of portfolio design all week and as someone that desperately needed one, I thought I’d share a few tips on Portfolio Design especially in the area of managing multiple accounts.
I remember sitting in Coach Tim’s office back in August 2015 going over the different types of accounts I had back then. We were using a whiteboard at the time and when Coach Tim started to write down the different account types, he must have felt like he was in an infomercial because every time he’d turn to begin to address each account, I’d quietly say “I have one more”. Eventually, we identified all the different accounts and went to work.
Having multiple accounts to manage adds to the complexity and I absolutely, unequivocally needed a portfolio design because those accounts were a hot mess!
After listing the accounts, the next order of business was to identify which broker the accounts were being held in, then list what positions we’re currently being held in each account, set the appropriate goal, and rate the level of risk for each of those accounts. This process was so helpful because it didn’t take long for Coach Tim to figure and point out the mistakes and help correct them.
For example, let’s say you manage 4 accounts. A traditional IRA, a Roth for yourself, and maybe another Roth IRA for your spouse or kids or parents and, and you also have a Margin account. You then have categorized the IRA and Roths as growth accounts and the margin as your cash flow and speculation account. You realize that you are bleeding speculation trades into long-term portfolio accounts, or the products invested aren’t the best the market has to offer. A Roth or IRA provides you with more flexibility to invest in individual stocks or index funds and get rid of high fee Mutual Funds. Merging accounts where possible is also helpful. If you’ve worked at different companies each time leaving that 401K with your previous employer or converting it to a traditional IRA each time then you need to determine whether having one account is best for you and your goals. You want to make sure your account is the right account for the type of strategy you are planning on executing. During the different seasons of your life make sure the accounts are managed accordingly. Let’s say you are planning on taking off the next week for the holiday season and won’t be able to be as attentive to the markets are you normally would be. If that is the case, take a break from speculation trading. Manage your cash flow and growth accounts accordingly and enjoy the break! No need to worry and stress about your speculation trades during Christmas or New Years’ party.
Tonight ladies, we have our Women in Trading webinar at 8:30 PM EST. On Monday join us for our special webinar on Portfolio Design. Check out the info below!
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Traders Lounge 11 AM EST
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Cash Flow Club Replay
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Halftime Report 12:30 PM EST
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