Diversifying your assets is very important.

It's hard to predict which assets will rise consistentely and which ones will take a dive. That's probably one of the biggest lessons learned from the Great Recession-- don't bet the farm on anything. Assets can move in tandem and that's not something you want happening in your portfolio. But it will happen, if you invest in too much of the same.




Of course, there's overdiversification, too. The problem with over diversification is the investment costs associated with owning several funds over several markets.

So according to U.S. News, the trick isn't to own as many different securities as you can. It's to own a variety of assets across various risk levels.

Or essentially, to spread your assets and investments across different classes.

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