Hey folks. Ron Dickinson here at Dickinson Investment Advisors. Just last year, I put out a video on investing in private real estate and why I like it and it has attracted a lot of attention. So I want to give you some follow-up of what we’ve been doing.
Alternatives include real estate, business loans and infrastructural assets. Sometimes they could be in the public stock market but I like the ones that are in a private market more because they don’t go up and down with the market.
So I have 30 percent of my assets now in those kinds of investments and as I get closer to – for retirement age, I will probably move to 40 and 50 percent.
Now why is that? That’s because I like the steady returns they provide. I get monthly and quarterly checks and my portfolio isn’t going up and down with the market on a daily basis. So when I turn on the TV in the morning, it looks like a rough day. I can rest assured I’m not getting hit as hard as I might think in my mind I’m being hit.
Now there are some trade-offs and that’s if the market is really going up, I’m not going to be going up quite as fast either, but I traded that steady return for that.
They’re harder to understand and a little bit harder to comprehend but you know, we can build your financial plan around it and I’m gaining more and more experience in this area all the time.
So as I mentioned, these investments are hard to understand. So I’ve been hitting the road. I’ve been out to three different investment conferences and company meetings and Dave has been out to four.
We’re trying to meet management face to face. We want to know if we can look them in the eye and trust who they are. We want to know if we trust their process they’re using and if they produce the results that we’re looking for.
Now we can’t control all risk but we can put the work in to mitigate it and decide if it’s the right thing for you. We do have a test around here and that is I will only offer to you if I put my own money in it. So I have to get to a comfort level that I’m willing to stick it in my portfolio before I bring it to you and I like to have it in there for a while, so I can experience the good, the bad, before I roll it out to all clients. We think we’re ready for that now. I’ve rebuilt some portfolios that are 40 percent at real estate, 10 percent in business loans and 50 percent in the stock market.
Now one thing you might notice from that portfolio that you might perceive to be less risk is there are no bonds and that’s because right now, we think bonds are really high risk. They’re not paying very much and they would lose principle easily. In fact the week after election, the 10-year Treasury bond lost two percent in one week. The third year, it lost six percent in one week. So that’s a risk we want to get away from.
Folks, we’ve been working on this hard. We’re going to have an upcoming seminar called “What’s Your Alternative?” where we can talk to you about it directly and show you some of the investments. I’m also going to have the portfolios rebuilt that we can talk to you about that. So we’re looking forward to that new portfolio, new design this next year.
So we’ve been traveling a lot. It’s the holiday season. You’re probably traveling a lot too and we hope that you stay safe. We hope you enjoy the blessing of family. Talk to you soon folks. Thanks!
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