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Stocks of Bellmore Group Management Services, Tokyo Japan

November 5, 2011

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Investing in stocks to help you achieve your financial objectives

In terms of stock investing, understanding your financial objective is critical. That, together with your investment time targets and your risk capacity when investing in stocks, will aid you in determining how your stock investments should perform with the rest of your financial portfolio.

When to consider investing in stocks

Stock investing can enhance your financial portfolio by allowing you to attain growth, profit from dividends or achieve both. Nevertheless, the worth of any stock you buy in can vary, and when you sell your stock, may be more or less than what you paid at the start. When choosing stocks to buy in, you should cautiously reflect on the risks of investing in stock and design an assorted asset allocation strategy that suits your objectives, investment time target and risk capacity.

Diversifying your stocks

Having a varied stock portfolio helps to offset the risk your investments are subjected to. The objective is to widen the range of your stock investments among various sectors and incorporate various investment characteristics so that when a certain stock or sector does poorly, the performance of your stocks in other sectors may aid in offsetting the changes in the overall worth of your stock portfolio.

Some basic guidelines you can utilize when selecting a variety of stocks for your portfolio are:

• Invest in about 20 to 30 stocks in a minimum of six to eight sectors with various investment characteristics.
• Limit to only 25% of the overall worth of your stock portfolio should be in any particular sector.
• Limit to 15% of the overall worth of your stock portfolio should be in any particular stock.
• You need to invest at least about 3% to 4% of the overall worth of your stock portfolio in every stock.
• Your investment counselor can assist you in designing a mixed financial plan that fits your circumstances and your financial objectives.

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