3 Reasons Discretionary Investment Management could be Right for You

Contributed by: Angela Palacios, CFP® Angela Palacios

We all have busy lives. Whether you are getting down to business or enjoyingyour retirement to the fullest who wants to worry about missing a call from their advisor because something in their portfolio needs to be changed? Perhaps cash needs to be raised to meet that monthly withdrawal to your checking account so you can keep paying your traveling expenses. Or money has to be deposited to your investment account, if you are still saving, and needs to be invested. Regardless of your situation, many investors find it difficult to make time to manage their investment portfolios. We argue this is far too important to be left for a moment when you happen to have some spare time. 

What is Discretionary Management?

It is the process of delegating day-to-day investment decisions to your financial planner. Establishing an Investment Policy Statement that identifies the guidelines you need your portfolio managed within is the first and arguably the most important step. Investment decisions are then made on your behalf within the scope of this statement. It is kind of like utilizing a target date strategy in your employer’s 401(k). You tell it how old you are and when you are going to retire and all of the asset allocation, rebalancing and buy/sell decisions are made for you.

3 reasons this can be a suitable option for investors:

  1. Frees up your time to do what you love most. Time is the resource we all struggle to get our hands on. Need I say more?
  2. Markets move quickly and sometimes portfolios must also to respond. Changes can happen in a timely fashion whether you are within reach on your cell phone or not.
  3. May reduce the potential for poor investor behavior. Let those not emotionally charged by fluctuations in the market make decisions on your behalf.

If you have questions on whether or not this is right for you and your portfolio don’t hesitate to contact us.  We’d be happy to help!

Angela Palacios, CFP® is the Director of Investments at Center for Financial Planning, Inc.® Angela specializes in Investment and Macro economic research. She is a frequent contributor The Center blog.


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