Not long ago, some investors had yet to experience what it was like to weather turbulent markets. Even those who had, might have forgotten how scary it can be. This concerned us. So, to help people practice for scary days ahead, we published a fire-drill piece: “10 Things To Do Right Now While Markets Are (Not Really) Tanking.”
The first decade of the 21st century, and the second one that's drawing to a close, have reinforced for investors some timeless market lessons: Returns can vary sharply from one period to another. Holding a broadly diversified portfolio can help smooth out the swings. Also, focusing on known drivers of higher expected returns can increase the potential for long-term success.
An Investment policy statement (IPS) is a statement that is a road map for you and your advisor in structuring your investments according to your goals. It spells out your investment goals and objectives, outlines the asset allocation targets, and the specific types of securities to be used with the expected risk/return profile of your portfolio.