From the SEC’s Office of Investor Education and Advocacy, Lori Schock sheds light on the common fear of missing out (FOMO) in investment decisions. The urge to join in can be overwhelming in a world where the newest trends, from digital assets to meme stocks, capture our attention.
Building a Resilient Investment Strategy
Schock advocates for a cautious approach, especially in volatile markets. Trendy investments can swing wildly, leading to potential high losses. The key to mitigating this risk lies in diversification. A well-rounded portfolio of stocks, bonds, and cash can help soften the blow of market ups and downs.
She also emphasizes the importance of a solid financial foundation. This includes prioritizing the payoff of high-interest debts and harnessing the power of compound interest, even with small initial savings.
While FOMO is natural, it shouldn’t guide investment choices. Schock advises resisting the temptation to follow the crowd, focusing on a long-term financial plan, and embracing the motto “NO GO to FOMO” for a sound financial future.