Some would have you believe that investing in mutual funds has become more complex than ever, being currently compounded by the confused state of the domestic and world economies and related issues.
For instance, if your intention is to diversify offshore, should you be investing into the current bull markets? In fact, they have been defined in some quarters by the fact that nothing can defy them.
Also, the adage is let your winners ride and cut the losers short, but the losers could bounce back quicker than you think and hold up better should we have a correction from overvalued levels.
Perhaps the most daunting challenge investors face, according to prominent US investment analyst David Beattie, is the sheer speed and volume of information. In the past, solid information about publicly traded companies was hard to come by outside of the annual and quarterly reports. This is no longer the case. Even if you have a good handle on quality information, you can still get burned when inaccurate information or basic uncertainty hits the market.
Further, the marriage of investments and advertising has been both a boon and a bane to investors. On the one hand, advertising has helped familiarise investors with a wider range of investment vehicles available today. On the other, it can sometimes push an investor towards an edge by hyping an investment that is not necessarily the best fit.
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