The old wisdom about investing your money included avoiding touts, looking for low cost investments, being consistent, and keeping a diversified portfolio. However, there are certain changes that you should bring in your investment strategy to adapt to the changes in the economic situation.
In the globalized world, you should not restrict your investment options to the U.S. Growth rate of many other economies is much more than it is here. These countries have good investment opportunities that can yield high returns without too much risk. They have a reliable financial sector and stable governments, which makes them ideal destinations for investing.
Therefore, an important change in your investment strategy should be to look for investment in foreign stock markets. However, you should look at tax implications of these investment options and understand if there would be an extra cost because of the tax regime in that country.
Investments in shares of companies in various fast-growing economies such as China and India would be a good option. Many successful companies from these countries have been doing well in the global market and giving stiff competition to companies from the developed world. You should also remember that these economies showed more resilience to the global economic recession as compared to the developed countries.
You can even diversify your portfolio by investing in overseas fixed-income assets. Interest rates are much higher in emerging economies and you can benefit from this simple arbitrage.
The second change that you should consider is to plan for a longer retirement period. The average life expectancy is rising and post retirement period is getting longer. You can have a happier retirement life by getting into a fixed annuity contract. The insurance will give you monthly returns for the lump sum money you have invested and keep your future secure.
Having an annuity will have the added advantage of keeping your withdrawal from retirement plans low. Keep the withdrawal from your 401(k) and IRA to less than 4% a year so that these funds can last throughout your life.
The third thing that you should consider is that the economy has become unpredictable and volatile. Returns from many asset classes have gone down significantly over the last decade. This does not mean that you should try to increase the returns by taking more risks. Instead, you should save for tough times by being conservative and disciplined in your investments.