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It’s not uncommon that their emotions often drive an individual. However, when it comes to investing, letting your emotions or sentiments come in the way of your investment can damage your assets. But how does one go about it? How do you ensure you don’t let your emotions get the best of you? This article aims to help you with the same. Read on to understand how to keep your emotions at bay while investing.


Here are three ways how you can remove emotion from investing:

1. Adopt an asset allocation strategy

Strategic planning is the first step toward the bigger picture in financial planning. This is based on an investor’s financial objectives, risk appetite, and investment horizon. Under the asset allocation strategy, the fund manager splits up an investor’s assets across various assets (equity, debt, money market funds, etc.), sectors (pharmaceutical, banking, finance, infrastructure, etc.), and locations (domestic and international funds). It is advised to change your asset allocation strategy when your life situation alters, such as adding essential goals such as purchasing a house, getting closer to retirement, adding someone to the family, etc. A proper asset allocation strategy helps you ride the boat during a market frenzy and prevents you from making rash decisions.

2. How many portfolio visits are too much?

One vital emotion control and behavioral change method are avoiding visiting your investment portfolio too much. If possible, work on systematizing this activity. Make it a habit to revisit your investment portfolio only in cases when you are about to reach one or more than one financial goal, or there is a shark shift in the markets or the state of investments you invested in drastic changes, or there is a change in your income level. Depending on the market condition, frequent portfolio visits can make you feel shrunk or ecstatic. Usually, it is suggested not to change the long-term share of your investment portfolio despite market volatility. The logic behind this is that if you refrain from looking at your different types of investments, you will be less persuaded to act on your immediate emotions and market sentiments.

3. Automate your investments

Irrespective of the investment options chosen, you can now automatize the process of investments. Mutual funds, gold, or stock – whatever your type of investment, you can now invest systematically so that you do not have to make a choice every time, making the entire investment experience seamless and easy. Systematic Investment Plans (SIP) are one of the best ways to automate your investments and take that decision-making factor away from your assets. With SIP investment, you can invest in mutual funds at your convenience. You can choose the frequency, investment amount, investment tenure, and the type of investment you wish to invest in.

Happy investing! Happy investing! Remember, returns on your investment are less about the experience and skills of your fund manager and more about your sentiments and behavior while handling your assets. The key to good fund management is to be more objective and less emotional while making investment decisions.

Eula Boone

I have written professionally since 2010 and have been an investor since 2015. My finance blog, economydiva.com, is one of the most visited blogs in the world, with more than 3 million readers a month. I love sharing what I know about investing, saving, and managing money and providing practical tips on how to be a smart and savvy money manager.